If You Can’t Join ‘Em, Beat ‘Em

A Remembrance of the American Football League

Published by Sal Maiorana at Smashwords

Copyright 2003 Sal Maiorana

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Table of Contents


Prologue - If Only They’d Given Lamar His Own Team

Chapter 1 - 1960: Yes, This is Pro Football

Chapter 2 - 1961: An Old Warrior’s Revenge

Chapter 3 - 1962: Working Overtime in Dallas

Chapter 4 - 1963: Charging Into History

Chapter 5 - 1964: A Buffalo Stampede

Chapter 6 - 1965: How Much Did You Pay Him?

Chapter 7 - 1966: Can’t We All Just Get Along?

Chapter 8 - 1967: Just Win, Baby

Chapter 9 - 1968: Broadway Joe, Heidi and The Guarantee

Chapter 10 - 1969: What a Ride It Has Been

Epilogue - A New Frontier


In researching this work, I consulted a variety of books, magazines and newspapers, and all of these sources yielded invaluable information. Two books in particular stood out as dominant as the 1967 Oakland Raiders, pillars of strength that were relentless in their thoroughness: When The Grass Was Real by noted author and pro football historian Bob Carroll, and The American Football League, by Ed Gruver.

Other books referenced included Touchdown, and The $400,000 Quarterback, both written by Bob Curran; Total Football, edited by Bob Carroll, Michael Gershman, David Neft, John Thorn and David Pietrusza; The Running Backs, by Murray Olderman; Raiders – From Oakland to Los Angeles, by Joseph Hession and Steve Cassady; Crash of the Titans, by William Ryczek; Relentless – The Hard-Hitting History of Buffalo Bills Football, Volumes I and II, by Sal Maiorana.

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