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1968-1969 Sacramento Capitols

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1969 Sacramento Capitols ProgramContinental Football League (1968-1969)

Born: 1968 –  CoFL expansion franchise
Folded: July 2, 1970

Stadium: Hughes Stadium

Team Colors:

Owner: Lee Balderelli

Continental Football League Championships: None

 

The Sacramento Capitols were a minor league football outfit that played two season in the California state capital at the end of the 1960’s. The Caps played at Hughes Stadium on the campus of Sacramento City College.

The Capitols played in the Pacific Division of the Continental Football League (1965-1969). The CoFL was considered to be a step below both the AFL and the NFL during the late 1960’s. Although CoFL membership stretched from coast to coast, teams tended to play exclusively within their regional division to save on travel costs. The Caps played teams from Seattle, Portland, Las Vegas, Orange County and Spokane, with few contests against Texas-based teams thrown in.

The Capitols posted a 5-7 record during their expansion season of 1968. In 1969 the Caps improved to 8-4 and made the playoffs. The Las Vegas Cowboys came into to Hughes Stadium on November 29th, 1969 and knocked the Caps out of the playoffs 31-0. This turned out to be the Capitols final game.

The Continental Football League folded following the 1969 season. The Capitols tried to organize for a 1970 season. It is not clear from press reports  in what circuit they hoped to play. On July 2nd, 1970 team owner Lee Balderelli announced the closure of the team citing disappointing season ticket subscriptions.

 

Links

Continental Football League Media Guides

Continental Football League Programs

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Written by Drew Crossley

November 13th, 2016 at 9:43 pm

1967-1968 Orange County Ramblers

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Orange County Ramblers ProgramContinental Football League (1967-1968)

Born: 1967
Moved: 1969 (Portland Loggers)

Stadiums:

Team Colors:

Owners:

 

The Orange County Ramblers were a superb minor league football team that enjoyed a brief two-year existence in the late 1960’s. Under Head Coach Homer Beatty, the Ramblers assembled a 21-3 record over two regular seasons in the Continental Football League. The CoFL (1965-1969) existed one rung beneath the NFL and AFL and lived up to its ambitious name, with franchises stretched across the United States and Canada. Only one minor league squad in North American could lick the Ramblers – the Orlando Panthers, who defeated the Californians in the Continental League championship game in both 1967 and 1968.

Good as they were, the Ramblers couldn’t sustain much of a following in Orange County. The team tried several venues in Santa Ana and Anaheim. The team’s best crowds, announced in the 8,000 – 10,000 range, came during a late season stretch of games at Anaheim Stadium in 1967. This included a gathering of 8,730 for the Continental Football League title game on December 10th, 1967. But when the Ramblers returned to the 43,000-seat Major League Baseball venue to start the 1968 season, the fans failed to come with them. The Ramblers failed to crack 4,000 fans for a single contest in 1968 despite a league-best 11-1 record. The team moved to San Bernardino midway through the season in search of more fans (or at least cheaper rent).

The Ramblers’ final appearance was a 30-23 loss to the Panthers in the Continental League championship game at the Tangerine Bowl in Orlando on November 30th, 1968.

The Ramblers were expelled from the Continental League in the spring of 1969. The team’s player contracts were originally assigned to a group hoping to put a new franchise in Hawaii. When those plans fell through, the contracts were given to a hastily-organized group that entered a Portland, Oregon franchise (the Loggers) into the CoFL just weeks before the 1969 season kicked off. The Continental League folded at the end of the 1969 campaign.

 

==Orange County Ramblers Programs on Fun While It Lasted==

Season Date Opponent Score Program Other

1967

1967 8/26/1967 vs. Victoria Steelers W 52-3 Program
1967 10/1/1967 @ Eugene Bombers L 21-17 Program
1967 10/29/1967 @ San Jose Apaches W 14-3 Program
1967 12/10/1967 vs. Orlando Panthers L 38-14 Program

1968

1968 9/22/1968 vs. Seattle Rangers W 19-0 Program

 

==Links==

Contintental Football League Media Guides

Continental Football League Programs

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1967 Victoria Steelers

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Victoria Steelers Program

Pacific Football League (1966)
Continental Football League (1967)

Born: 1966
Moved: 1968 (Spokane Shockers)

Stadium: Royal Athletic Park

Team Colors:

Owner: Pat Frumento, Ken Hole, et al.

Continental Football League Championships: None

 

The Victoria Steelers were a British Columbia-based minor league football team active during the late 1960’s.  The club started out as a semi-pro outfit in the Pacific Football League in 1966.  At the end of 1966 , the Continental Football League launched a West Coast expansion and the Steelers stepped up to fully professional status.

As befit its name, the CoFL was a nationwide (plus Canada) league. But the Steelers played exclusively against Pacific Division opponents in Eugene (OR), Orange County (CA), Sacramento, San Jose and Seattle in order to keep travel costs down.

The Steelers lasted only one season at the pro level, posting a 4-8 record.  The club relocated to Spokane, Washington following the 1967 campaign.

 

==Victoria Steelers Programs on Fun While It Lasted==

Season Date Opponent Score Program Other

1968

1968 10/6/1968 vs. Sacramento Capitols ?? Program Roster

==Links==

Continental Football League Media Guides

Continental Football League Programs

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Written by AC

November 20th, 2015 at 4:06 am

1968-1969 Spokane Shockers

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Spokane ShockersContinental Football League (1968-1969)

Born: 1968 – The Victoria Steelers relocate to Spokane, WA
Folded: Postseason 1969

Stadium: Joe Albi Stadium

Team Colors:

Owners: Community stockholders (Richard J. O’Neill, President)

 

This short-lived minor league football team called Spokane’s Joe Albi Stadium home for two seasons in the autumn of 1968 and 1969.  The Spokane Shockers served as a developmental team for the Oakland Raiders in 1969 and, less formally, in 1968 as well.

The team is best remembered today as the remote outpost where Raiders legend Ken Stabler began his professional career with a pair of appearances late in the fall of 1968.  Stabler, Oakland’s 2nd round draft pick out of the University of Alabama that spring, had a balky knee and would spend the entire 1968 season on the Raiders’ taxi squad except for those two games in Spokane.  The Snake wouldn’t start a game in the NFL until 1971 or win the Raiders’ starting job until he was 28 years old in 1973. But in 1977 he led the Raiders to victory in Super Bowl XI. Stabler was elected posthumously to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2016.

The Shockers were owned by a broad group of approximately 40 community stockholders. Each put up $2,000 to help bring the former Victoria (B.C.) Steelers of the Continental Football League to the Lilac City in early 1968.  Richard J. O’Neill of Moloney & O’Neill insurance was the President of the board.  Former University of Washington star Don McKeta was the driving force behind bringing the team to Spokane and served as Head Coach and General Manager during the 1968 season.

The Shockers had a 3-9 record in 1968 and McKeta was replaced by Hugh “Bones” Taylor in 1969.  The team improved marginally to 5-9 in 1969, then went out of business along with the rest of the Continental Football League at the end of that season.

 

Spokane Shockers Memorabilia

 

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Continental Football League Media Guides

Continental Football League Programs

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Written by AC

June 30th, 2014 at 5:47 pm

1966-1967 Eugene Bombers

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Eugene Bombers

Pacific Football League (1966)
Continental Football League (1967)

Born: 1966
Folded: Spring 1968

Stadium: Bethel Park

Team Colors:

Owner: Peter Murphy, et al.

 

The Eugene Bombers were a brief pro football entry in the Oregon city of Eugene in the late 1960’s.  The club originated in the semi-pro Pacific Football League in autumn of 1966.  The team played well, posting a 7-2 record, but attendance fell as temperatures dipped in November and the club elected to forfeit its playoff appearance for financial reasons.

Nevertheless, the Bombers had the best attendance in the Pacific League and they were invited to move up the pro football ladder in March 1967 with the formation of the Pacific Division of the previously East Coast-based Continental Football League.  The Pacific Division was basically a league-within-a-league and Eugene played exclusively against other Pacific Division opponents including Orange County (California), Sacramento, San Jose, Seattle, and Victoria (British Columbia).  The San Jose Apaches were coached by future Super Bowl-winning coach and Pro Football Hall-of-Famer Bill Walsh.

Unlike the Pacific Football League, the Continental League was fully professional.  The bulk of the Bombers’ roster had local college ties at the University of Oregon, Oregon State or Portland State.  Key players included quarterback Paul Brothers, who led the Oregon State Beavers to the 1965 Rose Bowl against Michigan, and his former OSU teammate Jack “Mad Dog” O’Billovich, who started at middle linebacker.

The Bombers shared the city’s Bethel Park with the Eugene Emeralds minor league baseball team.  Both clubs found the stadium unsuitable for their long term sustainability and hoped to collaborate on construction of a new facility.  The Bombers ultimately folded in the spring of 1968 after just one season in the Continental League and before the stadium question could be resolved.  Bethel Park would be demolished the following year and the Continental League itself would go out of business in early 1970.

 

==Eugene Bombers Games on Fun While It Lasted==

Season Date Opponent Score Program Other

1967

1967 10/1/1967 vs. Orange County Ramblers W 21-17 Program Roster

 

==Links==

Continental Football League Media Guides

Continental Football League Programs

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Written by AC

June 28th, 2014 at 3:25 am

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