The AFL began its release of official statistics for the 1960 season today and the first data dump included rushing numbers. The Texans led all teams with 1,814 yards or 129.6 per game. The Raiders finished second with 1,785 yards or 127.5 per game.
Abner Haynes of the Texans won the individual crown with 875 yards on 156 carries. Paul Lowe of the Chargers was second with 855 yards and led the league in average gain at 6.3 yards per carry. Oakland’s Tony Teresa finished fifth with 608 yards on 139 carries. Houston’s Dave Smith and Billy Cannon came in third and fourth, respectively.
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The result was in doubt until the second-to-last play, but the Raiders got their first regular season win in franchise history by beating the Oilers 14-13. The day started when forecasted rain showers never arrived, but protesters outside the stadium did. Picketers stood outside Houston’s Jeppesen Stadium gates protesting racially-segregated seating arrangements. The actions may have had some effect as only 16,421 people took their seats, far less than the 25,000 expected or hoped for by the teams and the league.
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On the eve of the official date of the draft, the AFL conducted a first round of picks, with each team expected to choose a player from a college in its region. The choices were:
- Boston – Gerhard Schwedes, HB, Syracuse
- Buffalo – Richie Lucas, QB, Penn State
- Dallas – Don Meredith, QB, SMU
- Denver – Roger LeClerc, C, Trinity
- Houston – Billy Cannon, HB, LSU
- Los Angeles – Monty Stickles, E, Notre Dame
- Minneapolis – Dale Hackbart, QB, Wisconsin
- New York – George Izo, QB, Notre Dame
As the above list makes clear, not all teams made regional choices. Trinity College, for example, was in Connecticut. Some sources indicate that individual teams did not make the choices, but rather that the owners collectively made the choice for each team with an eye toward maximum marketability.