Author: ehaight

  • July 30, 1961

    The players didn’t practice today, but they did spend several hours posing for photographs and running some timed sprints. Hayward Daily Review Oakland Tribune

  • July 29, 1961

    The team held another scrimmage today and Eddie Erdelatz said the results were “not bad.” He pointed out that many of the players were still out of shape and that, as expected, the defense was looking better than the offense, partly because the coaching staff had placed much of their emphasis on that side of […]

  • July 27, 1961

    The Raider coaching staff held a surprise scrimmage today and afterward head coach Eddie Erdelatz offered only the very faintest of praise. “This wasn’t too bad a scrimmage for the first time,” he said, “but we’ve got an awful long way to go.” He did single out a handful of players that performed well in […]

  • July 26, 1961

    Jim Otto dropped a bombshell on the team today by announcing he would play out his option after the season and seek a spot in the NFL next year, according to George Ross of the Tribune. Unsurprisingly, money was at the heart of it. He and the Raiders were “several thousand dollars” apart from an […]

  • July 25, 1961

    Not everyone showed up for training camp on time, as it turned out. While George Fleming’s absence to train with the College All-Star team was known and excused, the Raiders reported today that defensive tackle Ramon Armstrong hadn’t shown up either, and hadn’t contacted the team at all. Efforts by the team to reach him […]

  • 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 […]