A Look Back (1963): Dallas Texans Leave for Kansas City
The 1962 Dallas Texans finished the regular season at 11-3 and won the AFL championship. The Dallas Cowboys of the NFL finished the same season at 5-8-1 and would not reach the playoffs for another four years.
Nevertheless, the Cowboys were the ones who remained in Dallas after the Texans lost money in each of the years they were in Dallas. By the week of February 10, 1963 (or 50 years ago this week), word was that the Texans were on their way to Kansas City.
Here was a cartoon that appeared in the February 10 issue of the Dallas Morning News:
As of February, though, the move wasn’t final. The top article in the sport section of the February 10 issue stated:
Lamar Hunt, owner of the Kansas City Texans, threatened Saturday to move his American Football League franchise to Dallas if Kansas City doesn’t buy 25,000 season tickets.
What this meant was that the move to Kansas City was not yet complete, which meant the former Dallas Texans, who were briefly known as the Kansas City Texans, would return to become the Dallas Texans once again. Got it?
Of course, the Texans became the Chiefs. It only took the Kansas City community eight weeks to sell the required number of seats, and Dallas has been a one-pro-team town since then.
Several stories indicated that Dallas leaders thought the move by the Texans would be good in the long run because Dallas could not support two franchises.
Another article noted that many in the Dallas area often confused the two teams, noting when asked that they would miss “Coach Schramm and his boys.” (!!!)