The AFL: a TIMELINE
January 1—Kansas City defeats Buffalo 31-7 in the
AFL title game and earns a berth in what would later
become known as Super Bowl I. January 15—First
World Championship Game played in Los Angeles at
Memorial Coliseum. NFL champion Green Bay Packers
pull away from AFL champion Kansas City in second half
to win, 35-10. January 21— AFL All-Star Game held
in Oakland. East posts first series win, 30-23. March
14-15—First AFL-NFL common draft held, Raiders
select Texas A&I guard Gene Upshaw in the first round.
The Raiders trade QB Tom Flores and WR Art Powell
to Buffalo for QB Daryle Lamonica and WR Glenn
Bass. May 24—Cincinnati awarded AFL expansion
franchise. August-September—First preseason
games between AFL and NFL held, including Sept. 3
meeting between Oakland Raiders and San Francisco
49ers. December 24—Raiders finish season with
13-1 mark, best record in AFL history. December 31—
Raiders rout Houston, 40-7, to win AFL Championship.
QB Daryle Lamonica named AFL MVP.
April 8—Al Davis, general manager
and head coach of Oakland Raiders,
is named second Commissioner of
American Football League, succeeding
Joe Foss. John Rauch promoted to head
coach. June 8—American Football
League and National Football League
agree to an alliance that includes
common draft and Championship
Game. July 25—Al Davis resigns as
League Commissioner. Milt Woodard
appointed President of the American
Football League. Davis rejoins Raiders
as Managing General Partner.
September 2—Raiders travel to
Miami to play Dolphins in the 1966
opener and Miami’s first game.
Dolphins return opening kickoff for a
touchdown, but Raiders win the game
23-14. September 18—Oakland
Raiders open 54,000-seat Oakland-
Alameda County Coliseum against
Kansas City Chiefs.
February 1—Construction started on 54,000-
seat Oakland Coliseum, completion date set
for Aug. 25, 1966. August 16—AFL awards
expansion franchise for 1966 to Miami, Florida.
November 27—1966 AFL Draft held, Raiders
select Kentucky defensive back Rodger Bird in
the first round. December 19—Raiders finish
season with an 8-5-1 record. December 26—
Buffalo wins second straight AFL title, defeating
San Diego again, 23-0.
ABOVE (Left to Right):
The Coliseum; Gene Upshaw
BELOW (Left to Right):
Coliseum Opening Game program; Al Davis
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