The news out of Dallas was the league owners had voted 5-2 in favor of Oakland over Atlanta. Unanimity was required for a decision. The meeting was scheduled to adjourn today and Lamar Hunt said subsequent votes might have to be done by telephone and it could be another ten days until a final decision was rendered. Oakland’s current advantage was thought to be the result of Barron Hilton’s advocacy, but Hunt said Hilton “wouldn’t hold out if he felt the remainder of the league wanted some other team.” Stadium concerns continued to be the main point of contention regarding the Oakland bid, while racial segregation in Atlanta was giving the owners pause there.
Back in Oakland the city council unanimously voted to start the process to get a stadium bond issue on the ballot, possibly as early as June. Council member Frank Youell also took time to respond to San Francisco mayor George Christopher’s less than enthusiastic support of an Oakland team playing temporarily in his city.
“We have never asked a favor of San Francisco since 1906,” Youell said, pointing out that Oakland had come to San Francisco’s aid during the earthquake. “I’m disappointed by that attack of Mayor Christopher. We’re not asking anything permanent. We only want a place for the Oakland team to play for two years. I can’t understand this as being neighborly.”
Oakland mayor Clifford Rishell chimed in with, “I want to remind Mayor Christopher that I had him as a guest at luncheon shortly after his election and we had a picture taken shaking hands, like hands across the bay. It was nothing but friendship then.”
Christopher’s initial response upon hearing of the rebukes was to chuckle and then added, “I certainly don’t mean to laugh at the earthquake or my fine friends in Oakland. It’s just that it happened so long ago, before I was born. They certainly are going back a long way. Mayor Rishell and Councilmen Youell and (Robert) Osborne are good friends of mine. I’m sure they would take the same position I have if our positions were reversed. These people are very eager to use our stadium but that haven’t talked to me about it. All I have is hearsay. The application will go to the Recreation and Park Commission and they will act on it. But there’s liable to be a $25,000 or $50,000 bill for converting to football at Candlestick and I don’t sign bills without asking questions.”
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