Month: August 2021

  • July 24, 1961

    The Raiders conducted their first organized training drills today and according to Scotty Stirling of the Tribune Eddie Erdelatz was happy with how things went, especially at quarterback. “The quarterbacks in this camp are much better than what we started with last year,” he said. He added that rookies Mike Jones and Nick Papac “were […]

  • July 23, 1961

    The Examiner ran their season preview today under Bob Brachman’s byline. Brachman highlighted the ways things would be different for the Raiders this year, some good, some not so good. In the not so good column, he pointed out that the team no longer had first dibs on 49ers and Redskins castoffs and, as Eddie […]

  • July 22, 1961

    Training camp opened today for the Raiders with 62 players, including 26 rookies, reporting to the Palomar Hotel in Santa Cruz for physical examinations. Per Scotty Stirling of the Tribune, the team was much more organized this year, compared to last year. Unlike last year, when travel plans were made almost in the moment, this […]

  • July 21, 1961

    Ed Schoenfeld of the Tribune reported that new Raider defensive coaches George Dickson and Bob Maddock were going to preach aggressive team play to their charges when camp got underway. “I don’t think a guy can be a good football player defensively without being mean on the field,” said Dickson. “Football is a team game […]

  • July 20, 1961

    In Scotty Stirling’s piece in today’s Tribune, Eddie Erdelatz talked about the departed Billy Lott and Don Manoukian.. Erdelatz: “We’ll miss their playing ability, of course, but even more, we’ll miss their leadership. Every football team—high school, college, or pro—has one or more leaders and Manouk and Bill were ours. Some guys are natural-born leaders […]

  • July 19, 1961

    Scotty Stirling of the Tribune reported today on a conversation with Eddie Erdelatz wherein the Raider coach gave a summary of what the team would try to accomplish in training camp. “I had been away from pro football for almost ten years when I took the Raider job,” he said, “and a lot of things […]

  • July 18, 1961

    New Raiders Dick Christy and Alan Miller continued their media blitz with Mel Bowen of the Santa Cruz Sentinel. Christy and Miller were the first two arrivals in Santa Cruz for training camp that was scheduled to start in a few days. Neither Bud Hastings nor Eddie Erdelatz had yet put in an appearance so […]

  • July 14, 1961

    The Tribune reported today that the Raiders had acquired 6’2”, 230-pound linebacker Al Bansavage from the Chargers in exchange for a “top choice” in the 1962 draft. The round was not identified in the story. Bansavage was at the center of a dispute last season between the two teams. He had been selected by Minneapolis […]

  • July 13, 1961

    John Simmonds of the Tribune reported that new Raiders Alan Miller and Dick Christy were in town ahead of the opening of training camp later this month and the pair had some nice things to say about their new teammates. Miller: “With Jim Otto at center and John Dittrich and (the now retired) Don Manoukian […]