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  Lake Oswego/Portland Thunderbirds (1962-1980)

 

Years of Operation: 1963-1980

 

Overall Record

 

First Game: Sep 23, 1962 vs Seattle Ramblers

 

First Win:

 

Final Game:

League Affiliation:  

North Pacific Amateur Football League (1962-64)

Pacific Football League (1965-66)

 

 

Team Headquarters:

 

Owner: Bob Sweet

 

General Manager: Frank Leahy Jr.

 

Coaches: Bob Sweet (1962); Tom Hughes (1966)

 

Home Field(s): Clatskanie

Titles Won

None

  1962 Schedule/Results (0-1):  

Honors

 

All-League


All-America

 

Bob Sweet organized the Portland Thunderbirds in July 1962 (formerly the Portland Pioneers).

 

Dick Wiese threw for 3 TD's in the 1965 opener blowing out Tacoma 41-7.

 

A week later, coach Tom Hughes grants the release of place kicker Tom Roach.  Hughes already had Steve Clark and was sticking with Clark as his kicker.  Roach would catch on with the Eugene Bombers and go on to be one of the best kickers in the Continental Football League in '68 and '69.

 

Aug 6, 1966:  A working agreement was signed between the Portland Thunderbirds of the Pacific Football League and the Denver Broncos of the American Football League.  Frank Leahy Jr., general manager of the Thunderbirds, said the Broncos would send out young players for seasoning.  Leahy said he expected other Pacific League teams to have similar agreements with other pro clubs.

 

An August 30, 1966 it was announced that Leahy resigned as chairman of the corporation attempting to launch the United States Football League (USFL).  Leahy remained GM of the Pacific Football League.

 

FB Raye Renfro signed in 1966.

 

Sep 23 - Seattle Ramblers 20-27
   
@ Seattle Ramblers 13-6
   
   
   
1963 Schedule/Results (0-1):  
- Seattle Ramblers 23-0
Sep 29 @ Edmonds Warriors 7-17
@ Seattle Ramblers 14-19
   
Oct 20 - Edmonds Warriors 27-7
   
   
   
1964 Schedule/Results (4-2):  
Oct 3 @ Seattle Ramblers 19-6
Oct 11 - Edmonds Warriors 6-19
Oct 18 - Spokane Volunteers 40-6
   
Nov 1 @ Spokane Volunteers 21-6
Nov 15 @ Edmonds Warriors 0-26
- Seattle Ramblers * 26-13
  *JFK Memorial Library Benefit Game  
   
1965 Schedule/Results (0-1):  
Sep 11 - Tacoma Tyees 41-7
Sep 18 @ Eureka Humboldt Foresters 43-16
Sep 26 - Edmonds Warriors 20-28
   
   
Nov 7 - Edmonds Warriors 12-21
Nov 14 @ Edmonds Warriors 7-28
   
1966 Schedule/Results (3-3):  
Aug 27 - Tacoma Tyees @ Astoria, OR (Exhib)
Sep 11 - Tacoma Tyees 17-8
Sep 18  
Sep 25 - Victoria Steelers 38-12
Oct 2 @ Edmonds Warriors 0-23
Oct 9 - Seattle Rangers 0-27
Oct 16 - Edmonds Warriors 21-7
Nov 6 - Seattle Ramblers 14-17
   
   
   
 

 

   
   
   
   

 

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