Today in AFL History

American Football Leagues: AAFC - CFL - NFL - NFL Europe

Historical Events

  • 1955-12-05 AFL & CIO merge, with George Meany as president
  • 1959-08-14 AFL organized with NY, Dallas, LA, Minneapolis, Denver & Houston
  • 1959-10-28 Buffalo Bills enter AFL
  • 1959-11-05 AFL announced with 8 teams
  • 1959-11-22 AFL's 1st draft - NY Titans choice George Izo, QB, Notre Dame
  • 1959-11-22 Boston Patriots enters AFL
  • 1959-11-30 Joe Foss named 1st commissioner of AFL

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1959-12-18 Sammy Baugh named 1st coach of NY Titans (AFL)

American Football Player and Coach Sammy Baugh
American Football Player and Coach
Sammy Baugh
  • 1960-01-26 Oakland enters AFL
  • 1960-02-09 AFL & NFL agree verbally to a no tampering pact
  • 1960-06-09 ABC & AFL sign a 5 year contract
  • 1960-07-30 1st AFL preseason game Boston Patriots defeat Bills in Buffalo (28-7)
  • 1960-08-25 AFL begins placing players names on back of their jersies
  • 1961-01-14 Chic Bear Willard Dewveall becomes 1st NFLer to join AFL
  • 1961-02-10 AFL's LA Chargers move to San Diego
  • 1963-02-08 AFL's Dallas Texans become KC Chiefs
  • 1963-03-28 AFL's NY Titan's become the NY Jets
  • 1964-01-05 San Diego Chargers win AFL-championship
  • 1964-01-29 NBC purchases AFL 5 year (1965-69) TV rights for $36 million
  • 1965-08-16 AFL awards its 1st expansion franchise (Miami Dolphins)

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1966-04-08 AFL chooses 36 year old Al Davis as commissioner

American Football Coach and Executive Al Davis
American Football Coach and Executive
Al Davis
  • 1966-06-06 NFL & AFL announce their merger
  • 1966-06-08 NFL & AFL announce plans to become NFC & AFC in 1970

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1966-11-08 President Lyndon B. Johnson signs anti-trust immunity to AFL-NFL merger

36th US President Lyndon B. Johnson
36th US President
Lyndon B. Johnson
  • 1967-03-14 1st NFL-AFL common draft, Balt Colts pick Bubba Smith
  • 1967-05-24 AFL grants a franchise to Cincinnati Bengals
  • 1967-08-05 1st time an AFL team beats an NFL team, Broncos beats Detroit 13-7

Famous Birthdays

  • 1904-09-01 Ray Flaherty, AFL/NFL/AAFC coach (NY Giants)
  • 1906-08-06 Ken Strong, NFL, AFL halfback (Staten Island, NY Yanks, NY Giants)
  • 1913-06-30 Harry Wismer, Port Huron Mich, AFL owner (NY Titans)
  • 1934-03-26 Gino Cappelletti, ORFU, AFL running back (AFL Player of Year 1964)
  • 1937-07-09 Clemon Daniels, AFL player of year 1963, halfback (Oak, Dallas SF)
  • 1941-07-17 Daryle Lamonica, Oakland Raider QB (AFL leading passer 1967)
  • 1942-06-19 Willie Frazier, AFL/NFL tight end (Houston Oilers), born in El Dorado, Arkansas (d. 2013)
  • 1943-11-10 George Sauer, Jr., Sheboygan, Wisconsin, AFL player (New York Jets), (d. 2013)

Famous Deaths

  • 1991-11-21 David "Sonny" Werblin, AFL owner (NY Jets), dies at 81
  • 2003-01-01 Joe Foss, American fighter ace (Medal of Honor-1943) and politician (b. 1915)