March 23, 1961

In today’s Tribune Ray Haywood’s column was all about Raider guard Don Manoukian’s other job: pro wrestler on the Texas circuit. Manoukian said the promoters tried to make him a hero at first, but inevitably the hirsute 240-pound lineman had no choice but to play the villain. Fortunately, that fit well with his day job.

“I’m spreading the the prestige and fear of the mighty Raiders via my body slams and TV appearances,” he said. “When I first got here I told everybody on TV and radio that the Raiders were Texas state champs because we beat both Dallas and Houston on our road trips. Man, that irked the natives to no end. Then, when I won the Texas heavyweight championship I wore the trophy belt upside down to remind the people what I had done to their state. The more unpopular I got, the bigger the crowds.”

Oakland Tribune

October 13, 1960

The team officially designated injured linebacker Riley Morris as “doubtful” for Sunday’s game against the Patriots saying he was still recovering from taking a knee in the back and wasn’t yet ready to play.

In sportswriter Ray Haywood’s column in the Oakland Tribune, space was provided for his colleague Scotty Stirling’s observations during his three-week road trip with the team.

Stirling was impressed by the players’ response to the team’s “inevitable mistakes in travel scheduling, accommodations, practice fields, etc.,” and said, “Their attitude is a compliment to Eddie Erdelatz. They are so devoted to the coach that they laugh off inconveniences which would cause most teams to call a grievance committee meeting.”

Among the tales he returned with was news that 5’8″ guard Don Manoukian was the humorist on the team, that Erdelatz rates trainer George Anderson as the best he’s ever worked with, that tackle Paul Oglesby’s nickname is “Cheyenne” based on a television character and is incidentally “the handsomest player in the league,” that Eddie Macon’s nickname is “Old Folks”, which is perhaps appropriate given that he is the only player on the team who has seen his 30th birthday, and that assistant coach Tommy Kalmanir is a poker player, but solo only. “Playing alone is the best way to break even,” was his explanation.

Oakland Tribune
San Mateo Times

May 26, 1960

In a conversation with Oakland Tribune columnist, Ray Haywood, Chet Soda discussed expenses. Soda said the team would spend an estimated $925,000 for the 1960 season, including $285,000 for player salaries, $45,000 for equipment, $31,600 for training camp expenses, $13,000 for transportation to get players to camp, $60,000 for air travel during the season; $10,000 for telephone calls, $35,000 for scouting, and $140,000 for administration and admin salaries. Soda estimated the Raiders would need home attendance to average between 30,000 and 32,000 per game to break even.