1960 Los Angeles Chargers season
The 1960 Los Angeles Chargers season was the team's inaugural season and also the inaugural season of the American Football League (AFL). Head coach Sid Gillman led the Chargers to the AFL Western Division title with a 10–4 record, in the team's only season in Los Angeles until its 2017 return, with its home field at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
|1960 Los Angeles Chargers season|
|Head coach||Sid Gillman|
|General manager||Frank Leahy|
|Home field||Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum|
|Division place||1st Western Division|
|Playoff finish||Lost AFL Championship|
(Houston Oilers, 24–16)
The season concluded with the AFL championship game against the Houston Oilers (10–4) of the Eastern Division, held at Jeppesen Stadium in Houston on New Year's Day. The teams had split their two games in the regular season, with the home teams winning, and the host Oilers were 6 1/2-point favorites to win the title. Down by a point after three quarters, the Chargers gave up an 88-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter and lost, 24–16.
The Chargers had the right to host for the first ever AFL national championship game at the Los Angeles Coliseum. However as its attendance for home games was falling below 10,000 league and television officials fearing that showing empty seats in the 100,000+ seat Coliseum persuaded the Chargers to give up the advantage and move the game to Houston.
Initially denied in December, but announced in late January, owner Barron Hilton relocated the Chargers down the coast to a soon-to-be expanded Balboa Stadium in San Diego for the 1961 season.
|1||September 10||Dallas Texans||W 21–20||1–0||Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum||Recap|
|2||September 18||at Houston Oilers||L 28–38||1–1||Jeppesen Stadium||Recap|
|3||September 25||at Dallas Texans||L 0–17||1–2||Cotton Bowl||Recap|
|4||October 2||at Buffalo Bills||W 24–10||2–2||War Memorial Stadium||Recap|
|5||October 8||Boston Patriots||L 0–35||2–3||Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum||Recap|
|6||October 16||at Denver Broncos||W 23–19||3–3||Bears Stadium||Recap|
|8||October 28||at Boston Patriots||W 45–16||4–3||Boston University Field||Recap|
|9||November 4||at New York Titans||W 21–7||5–3||Polo Grounds||Recap|
|10||November 13||Houston Oilers||W 24–21||6–3||Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum||Recap|
|11||November 20||Buffalo Bills||L 3–32||6–4||Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum||Recap|
|12||November 27||Oakland Raiders||W 52–28||7–4||Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum||Recap|
|13||December 4||at Oakland Raiders||W 41–17||8–4||Candlestick Park||Recap|
|14||December 10||Denver Broncos||W 41–33||9–4||Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum||Recap|
|15||December 18||New York Titans||W 50–43||10–4||Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum||Recap|
Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.
|Championship||January 1, 1961||Houston Oilers||L 16–24||Jeppesen Stadium||32,183||Recap|
|AFL Western Division|
|Los Angeles Chargers||10||4||0||.714||5–1||373||336||W4|
Note: Tie games were not officially counted in the standings until 1972.
- "Chargers clinch Western crown". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. Associated Press. December 11, 1960. p. 2, sports.
- "Chargers, Oilers set for big test". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Washington. Associated Press. December 19, 1960. p. 14.
- "Oilers choice to win AFL grid title". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. Associated Press. January 1, 1961. p. 3, sports.
- "Blanda paces Oilers to AFL title". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. January 2, 1961. p. 44.
- "Oilers stop LA pass attack, win AFL title contest, 24-16". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. Associated Press. January 2, 1961. p. 2C.
- "Harry Wismer optimistic about future". Gettysburg Times. Pennsylvania. Associated Press. December 23, 1960. p. 5.
- "LA Charger owner Hilton likes the setup in San Diego". Lodi News-Sentinel. California. UPI. January 7, 1961. p. 9.
- "Chargers move south". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. Associated Press. January 25, 1961. p. 13.
- "Chargers go to San Diego". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. Associated Press. January 25, 1961. p. 3B.
- Knoblauch, Austin (January 12, 2017). "Chargers announce decision to relocate to Los Angeles". NFL.com. NFL Enterprises, LLC. Retrieved April 5, 2020.
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