November 4, 1960

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On a chilly, breezy Friday night the Patriots turned three Raider turnovers into 17 points and held on late to win 34-28. Playing at Alumni Field before a gathering of 8,446 on the University of Massachusetts campus, the Patriots jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first on two Butch Songin touchdown passes. The second one came following a Tom Flores interception and Eddie Erdelatz decided to go with Babe Parilli in his stead. Parilli put together a 13-play drive that resulted in a Tony Teresa touchdown early in the second. Gino Cappelletti’s two field goals late in the period made the score 20-7 at the half. Read more “November 4, 1960”

October 28, 1960

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On a rainy Friday night in the Big Apple, the Raiders staged a ten-point comeback in the fourth quarter to beat the New York Titans, 28-27, before 10,000 spectators at the Polo Grounds. The Raiders entered the game coming off their worst loss ever, a 38-9 beating at the hands of the Bills. At 3-4, they had fallen back to the pack after challenging the Broncos for the Western Division lead just a week ago. They did come into the game mostly healthy, though. Larry Barnes, Tom Flores, and Charley Powell had all been suffering from various forms of mild illness in recent days but would be ready to go at game time. Read more “October 28, 1960”

October 23, 1960

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Head coach Eddie Erdelatz called it “far and away our worst performance” and he wasn’t kidding. On a damp, blustery day in Buffalo, the Bills hit on big play after big play and thumped the Raiders 38-9. The lowering, gray skies and steady light rain kept attendance down to a paltry 8,876, but those who did show up saw their team at peak performance.

The Raiders, at 3-3, came into the game as one of the hottest teams in the AFL and a win, coupled with a Boston win over the Broncos, would move them to the top spot in the league’s Western Division. The Bills, at 1-4, entered the game with the league’s top defense, but with an offense that hadn’t found much success. They had made a change at quarterback just a week ago, picking up Johnny Green, a Steelers castoff, and started him in place of Tommy O’Connell, an old Browns hand. In that game the Bills lost a tight one to the Titans, but head coach Buster Ramsey was encouraged by his play and planned to keep him in there against Oakland. Read more “October 23, 1960”

October 1, 1960

The Raiders were putting the finishing touches on their preparation for tomorrow’s game against the Broncos, but according to Eddie Erdelatz, there weren’t going to be any significant personnel changes.

“How do you improve on a winner?” he asked, rhetorically.

Nevertheless, there were a couple of changes and the coaching staff was excited about them. Halfback Bob Keyes, who had been added to the team just before they left on the road trip, hadn’t had a chance to play against the Oilers, but Erdelatz commended his ability to get up to speed and looked forward to using him tomorrow.

The other recent addition, guard John Dittrich, was making a good impression, too. “Dittrich’s a real smart kid and after just one practice we decided he would be ready to go against the Broncos,” said line coach Marty Feldman, “He picked up our stuff right away and he reported in top condition, so I see no reason why he shouldn’t do a good job for us.”

In other good news, the training staff reported that Ron Warzeka and Dalton Truax would both be available to play after missing the Houston game because of unspecified injuries.

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September 30, 1960

The Raiders continued to prepare for the Broncos, working out at St Regis College today. The main focus of the team was making additions to the offensive game plan. “We just have to keep coming up with something new to catch these clubs by surprise,” said Eddie Erdelatz, “Our passing has been terrific and if we keep adding to our running we should create enough balance to keep us in the game. Denver has a tough defense, but we think we have some stuff that will keep the Broncos worried.”

The team also indicated that Tom Flores would start at quarterback on Sunday. He had been supplanted by Babe Parilli in the Houston game, but Flores’ performance off the bench in the win had earned him another shot at the top spot.

The Raiders would be away from home for another week and a half, but a fete was being planned for their return. San Francisco mayor George Christopher proclaimed the week of Oct 9-16 to be “Raider Week in San Francisco.” This was an effort to generate more support for the team in their current home and included a rally on the 10th at Union Square in San Francisco.

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September 28, 1960

The Raiders continued to work on optimizing their roster today, signing John Dittrich, a 6’1”, 240-pound guard out of Wisconsin. Dittrich, a two-year letterman for the Badgers, played in the Senior Bowl and the College All-Star game following his university career and was drafted by the Cardinals in the sixth round of the 1956 draft. A part-time starter with the Cards in his first season, he spent the next two years in the Air Force before returning to the NFL with the Packers in 1959. Green Bay dealt him to the Cowboys this past August. Dropped by the Cowboys earlier this month, the Raiders picked him up hoping to improve their offensive line.

To make room for Dittrich, the team released tackle Bill Striegel, a player who had been added just eight days ago and made his single appearance for the team against Houston.

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September 27, 1960

Raider quarterback Tom Flores won AFL Offensive Player of the Week honors for his role in leading his team to a win over the Houston Oilers. Subbing for starter Babe Parilli, Flores completed seven of ten passes for 57 yards and the game-winning touchdown, a 14-yard toss to tight end Gene Prebola.

Meanwhile, the team was working out at Lowry Air Force Base, preparing for the Broncos.  But they were doing it without the aid of any game films. They were to have received films of Denver’s most recent two games, but neither had turned up so far. Assistant general manager Bud Hastings was still working to get something before Sunday’s game.

“If we don’t get a look at Denver’s pictures, we’ll be in trouble,” said Eddie Erdelatz, “the Broncos are one of two teams we have neither played nor scouted, so it will mean sending an unprepared team into action if we don’t get the movies.”

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September 25, 1960

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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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September 24, 1960

While concern for the recuperating assistant coach Ernie Jorge ruled the day, the Raiders held a light workout in advance of tomorrow’s game against the Oilers. Light for everyone, that is, except Eddie Erdelatz. While demonstrating technique in a tackling dummy drill, the Raider head coach broke the big toe on his right foot. The injury wasn’t expected to keep his off the sideline during the game, but it did promise to be uncomfortable for a while.

And in equally exciting news, the team announced a contest to find a water boy. The winner of the contest would be the one who found the most anagrams within the word “Raiders” and would see his first action on October 16 at Kezar Stadium against the Patriots.

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September 23, 1960

Before embarking on a three-game road trip starting in Houston, Eddie Erdelatz was, as usual, optimistic about his team’s chances against the Oilers. “No doubt that was a bad game,” he said, referring to the team’s 37-22 loss to Houston in the opener, “but we improved the next week against Dallas, and I’m confident the team will turn in a fine showing Sunday,”

Following the Oilers game, the team would head north to Dallas for a rematch with the Texans and then end the trip in Denver for their first-ever contest against the Broncos.

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