May 302016

The Raiders added a new member to the team’s ruling partnership. Forty-seven-year-old Wallace Marsh, president and chief executive officer of Cupertino’s Permanente Cement Company, part of the Kaiser industrial empire, joined the other seven owners as a full voting partner. Marsh replaced Harvey Binns, who had relinquished his share of the team in late April.

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May 252016

The Raiders announced the signing of a pair of speedy halfbacks to bolster their squad. Ray Peterson, out of West Virginia, had been a top sprinter for the Mountaineers. Wayne Schneider, a graduate of Oakland High School, had been named All-Skyline Conference for Colorado State in 1958 and held the school’s career rushing record at the time of his graduation. Both teams had originally been picked in the AFL draft by Buffalo, while Peterson had also been chosen in the 14th round by the Eagles in the NFL draft. However, both players were free agents at the time of their signing by the Raiders.

The team also announced that Commissioner Foss had approved the squad’s colors of black, gold, and white.

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May 242016

The Raiders announced the signing of ex-College of the Pacific signal-caller Tom Flores. The 6’1”, 190-pound Flores was one of the country’s top passers during his junior and senior years with the Tigers and, after college, spent time with the Washington Redskins in training camp. After being cut by the Redskins, he moved north to play with the CFLs Calgary Stampeders, then joined the Bakersfield Spoilers of the Pacific Football Conference, where he played mostly on defense. A recurring shoulder injury eventually forced him out of the game.

Despite Flores’s shoulder problems, Eddie Erdelatz called him early in 1960 to see if he wanted to give pro football one more go. According to the Raider head coach, Flores was reluctant to return to the game, but Erdelatz was persistent and suggested some exercises that he thought would help. Persuaded, Flores worked hard to rebuild his strength and when Raider backfield coach Ernie Jorge saw him at a Pacific alumni game in the spring, Jorge was impressed and convinced Erdelatz to sign him. By all account, his shoulder was in great shape and Flores was now the biggest quarterback on the Raider roster in both size and the esteem of Raider management.

Meanwhile, the team’s business office released updated season ticket information, saying the total sold was now 7,900. However, the team also revised the season’s expected sale downward from 18,000 to a figure between 10,000 and 12,000.

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May 202016

The Raiders announced a trade with the Los Angeles Chargers. The Raiders traded end Don Norton, a player whose signing rights had never quite been cleared up, for defensive lineman Charley Powell. Powell, a 6’3″, 225-pounder out of San Diego High School, joined the 49ers in 1952 as a 19-year-old, making him the youngest player in the NFL at the time. In the offseason, he spent his time as a heavyweight boxer, and alternated between the two sports for most of the decade. In 1957, he left football to focus on boxing and amassed a 21-5-3 record, before the Chargers came calling. His last bout had been in March, a seven-round technical knockout of Harold Carter.
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May 172016

In a conversation with Oakland Tribune columnist, Ray Haywood, Chet Soda discussed expenses. The Raider general manager said the team would spend an estimated $925,000 for the 1960 season, as partially itemized below:

  • $285,000 player salaries
  • $45,000 equipment
  • $31,600 training camp expenses
  • $13,000 training camp transportation
  • $60,000 air travel during the season
  • $10,000 telephone calls
  • $35,000 scouting
  • $140,000 administrative expenses and salaries

Soda estimated the team would need home attendance to average between 30,000 and 32,000 per game just to break even.

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May 112016

The Raiders announced they had sold 6,000 season tickets for the 1960 campaign and expected to increase that number to 18,000 by the opener. The team also announced a revised exhibition schedule:

July 31, vs Dallas Texans at Kezar Stadium
August 12, vs New York Titans at California site to be determined
August 19, vs Los Angeles Chargers at Kezar Stadium
August 24, at Buffalo
September 4, at Boston

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May 092016

The Raiders announced the signing of two new players, 5’9″, 240-pound guard Don Manoukian and 6’1″, 225-pound fullback Larry Barnes. Manoukian, who last had played organized football as a senior at Stanford in 1957, spent the next two years in pro wrestling before joining the Raiders. Barnes, a Colorado State grad, played in ten games for the 49ers in 1957, gaining 78 yards on 20 carries. Released by San Francisco after the season, he was teaching school in Nebraska when the AFL came calling. The team indicated Barnes would likely play at linebacker or on the defensive line rather than on offense.

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