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Chargers Pick Coliseum Over Rose Bowl

 March 4, 1960, Chargers

March 4, 1960: The Los Angeles Chargers picked the Coliseum for their home over the Rose Bowl as plans for the American Football League's first season started to come together.

Former Rams Coach Sid Gillman would bring his offensive genius and his collection of bow ties to the new franchise, which would include former Notre Dame Coach Frank Leahy as general manager.


Hard to believe how busy the Coliseum was in 1960 —  the Chargers had the fifth pick of dates after the Dodgers, Rams, Trojans and Bruins.

The AFL also disclosed some details about its TV plan. The league expected about $3 million —that's for the entire league. "It will run into big figures," Commissioner Joe Foss said.

-- Keith Thursby

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