March 29, 1960

George Ross’s column in the Tribune today took on “a fellow who writes for one of the lesser papers across the bay” who complained that “Oakland is a bush league town,” said he’d give 50-to-1 odds that Oakland never built a stadium, and wouldn’t support the team even if they did. Ross didn’t identify the writer or the paper.1 To counter the other writer’s argument, Ross provided quotes from the Raider owners.

Ed McGah: “For the benefit of the few readers the guy might have on this side of the bay, I’ll cover some of that 50-to-1 money right now.”

Robert Osborne: “I’ve got 10-to-1 we’ll get a stadium and the Raiders will be in it, and so will an American League baseball team.”

Wayne Valley: “We wouldn’t be here today if we weren’t sure a stadium is going to be built in Oakland. We’re preparing for the 1961 season, our preseason ticket sales campaign is under way, we’re expecting better crowds than last year, we see no reason to think the Raiders won’t be playing football in 1962, 1963, 1970, and in Oakland as soon as possible.”

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1. I poked around but couldn’t find who the author or the paper was.

March 27, 1961

Columnist George Ross argued in today’s Tribune that if Raider fans didn’t support the team when it played in San Francisco they’d never get a chance to support them in Oakland. “Our golden egg,” he wrote, “will wind up in somebody else’s nest–in Sacramento, or San Jose, or Fresno, or out of state–and we’ll be in Bushville, by the Bay.” He cited an assertion by the city of Minneapolis that the addition of the Twins and Vikings represented “a $15 million addition to the local economy,” and exhorted his readers to start buying up those season tickets or say goodbye to the team forever.

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