Jan 30, 1960

News
  • Following a strong lobbying effort by Barron Hilton and Frank Leahy of the Los Angeles Chargers, the American Football League awarded its eighth franchise to the group from Oakland

  • The Oakland partnership consisted of eight men: developer Art Beckett, restaurateur Harvey Binns, stockbroker Don Blessing, contractor Charles Harney, developer Ed McGah, manufacturer Robert Osborne, contractor Chet Soda, and developer Wayne Valley

  • Former Navy football coach and Millbrae resident Eddie Erdelatz, currently a candidate for the opening with the University of California position, said he would be interested in coaching the Oakland team
In Print

“Pro Football Vote Favors Oakland Bid”, Bud Tehaney, Oakland Tribune

Subhead: “Oakland Back in AFL Favor”

Subhead: “Voting Tide Swings Away from Atlanta”

Tags: Barron Hilton, Los Angeles Chargers, Joe Foss, Frank Leahy, Robert Osborne (quote), Chet Soda, George McKeon, Bernard Hagan, Ted Harrer (quote), Estes Kefauver

“Hilton Selling Oakland to AFL”, UPI, Hayward Daily Review

Subhead: “Rumors Put East Bay Back in Running for 8th Franchise”

Tags: Barron Hilton, Los Angeles Chargers, Joe Foss, Lamar Hunt, Dallas Texans

“SF Out; AFL Votes 6-1 Against Oakland”, UPI, San Francisco Chronicle

Subhead: “Atlanta Looms as 8th Team in New Grid Loop”

Tags: Joe Foss, Lamar Hunt, John Breen, Houston Oilers, Walter Wolfner

“Memo to the Boss”, Jesse Outlar, Atlanta Constitution

Tags: column, William Fields, Frank Leahy, Los Angeles Chargers, Joe Foss, Barron Hilton

“Thrilled Jim Clay Knew It ‘All the Time’”, Dick Sewell, Atlanta Constitution

Subhead: “Starved Atlanta Hopes Are High”

Tags: Jim Clay (quote), Perry Ballard, Jack Rice, Frank Leahy, Los Angeles Chargers, Barron Hilton, Lamar Hunt, Manuel Maloof

“AFL Favors Atlanta”, AP, Miami Herald

Joe Foss, Lamar Hunt, Dallas Texans, Clint Murchison, Bedford Wynne

“Hope Fading for Bay Bid”, Ed Fite, San Francisco Examiner

Subhead: “AFL Is 5-2 for Atlanta:”

Tags: Joe Foss, Lamar Hunt, John Breen, Houston Oilers, Walter Wolfner, Los Angeles Chargers, Estes Kefauver