Vol MMXIII, No 28
January 28, 1969
Joe Green from North Texas Picked by Steelers
Today in Sports
Dallas gets NFL Franchise. Will be the Cowboys
On this date in 1960, at the annual NFL meeting in Miami Beach, Fla., Dallas was awarded an NFL Franchise. The new team was named the "Dallas Cowboys".
Owners, Clint Murchison and Bedford Wynne, subsequently hired Tex Schramm as general manager, and Tom Landry as head coach. Landry had been under a "personal services contract" to the organization, but today he official became Dallas' first Head Coach.
As a "swing" team, Dallas will play each of the other franchises once in the 1960 season, though officially, Dallas would be listed in the Western Conference.
Landry remained the Cowboys only coach until the team was purchased by Jerry Jones. Landry was fired, and Jimmy Johnson was made the new head coach. Following the unserimonious firing of Jimmy Johnson a few years later, the Cowboys would never return to the Superbowl.
San Antonio hosts the ABA All-Star Game
On this date in 1975, San Antonio hosted the American Basketball Association (ABA) All-Star Game at HemisFair Arena.
In the East-West shootout, the West (which included three San Antonio Spurs), lost to the East by a whopping 151-124.
4th Overall Pick
NEW YORK NY (1969)
The Pittsburg Steelers selected Joe Greene from North Texas State University, as the 4th overall pick in the 1969 NFL Draft on this date in 1969. Picked ahead of Greene was OJ Simpson from USC, picked 1st oveall.
Greene helped North Texas to a 23-5-1 record over his three seasons.
The mascot, the Mean Green, arises from a 1967 Dallas Morning News article by Randy Galloway, entitled "Mean Green on the Loose", referring to the success of the North Texas defense. The team name stuck.
When Green was drafted by Pittsburg, the wife of the Steelers coach, applied the name to their defense. Soon the name "Mean Joe Greene" was known throughout the NFL.
Eventually, the Steelers defense was nicknamed the "Steel Curtain", and as such, defeated the Dallas Cowboys (led by Roger Staubach) in Superbowl X.
Farm and Ranch Desk
Fight over Steer ends up with Murder
On this date in 1891, a fight broke out between two ranchers in Brewster County who both claimed the same unbranded yearling bull. A gunfight ensued and Henry H Powe a one-armed Civil War vet, was shot dead by Dubois & Wentworth agent Fine Gilliland.
Gilliland fled without the bull. Rather than keep the bull, the cowboys who witnessed the gunfight branded "Murder" on one side of the steer, and "JAN 28 91" on the other. For years the "momento mori" or Murder Steer roamed the Big Bend brush country.
The momento mori even inspired an episode of Rawhide which aired May 13, 1960, "The Incident of the Murder Steer."