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History of the Kansas City Chiefs

From the FanPosts   -Primetime

History? What the heck? But, but... we're busy speculating on who Haley is going to hire and who we are certain we are going to draft and most definitely going to pick up in free agency! Well fortunately for you I have taken the time to post up a little history of our most beloved team in Kansas City.

Why? Because you can't have a future without the past. Recently, I have read about how the Chiefs are trying to get back to being the "the once proud Chiefs". Excuse me? I'm sorry to hear that we are trying to be proud of the Chiefs again. Personally I've always been proud of them. That's not to say I haven't been disappointed in them, but I've always been one to think "We'll get them next year". Ever the optimist I suppose.

We are starting a new era for the Chiefs and tend to forget what has happened in the past and just how we got to this point in the first place. The fans are the kids in the back seat asking dad "are we there yet? are we there yet?". The Kansas City Chiefs have a wonderfully rich and interesting history in my opinion, even better than a lot of the other teams now in the NFL.

Lamar Hunt for example. Who else can boast having put a name to one of the most televised and famous sporting events in the world? Or the AFC Championship trophy. Who else can boast having started what is now the AFC? The group of the eight founders of the AFL teams was referred to as the "Foolish Club." by the way. How foolish are they now?

Even the uniforms have a history.

Since moving to Kansas City in 1963, the team logo has been a white arrowhead bearing the initials "K.C." Lamar Hunt originally sketched this logo on a napkin, inspired by the San Francisco 49ers' own logo. Prior to the inaugural American Football League season in 1960, Hunt’s Texans were represented by a whirling, spur-clad, 10-gallon-hat-wearing character that was featured on various promotional items. The logo eventually gave way to a more polished football-toting gunslinger set over the state of Texas, a design created by Bob Taylor, a cartoonist for the now-defunct Dallas Times Herald. Although never part of the club’s uniform, Taylor’s updated Texans logo adorned everything from the club’s stationery to the billboard outside the team’s offices.

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When the franchise moved in 1963, Taylor was commissioned to produce a new logo that remained strikingly similar to his original incarnation. Taylor’s new rendition featured a Native American figure running with the same stride and holding the pigskin in the same manner as the gunslinger with the states of Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Iowa and Arkansas serving as his backdrop. This logo was utilized prominently during the 1960s and was affixed to the club’s Swope Park headquarters on 63rd Street before the club moved to Arrowhead Stadium in 1972.

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The logo, embedded in the grass, still remains off the highway to this day. Bet you didn't know that did you? See you learned something already!

The Chiefs' uniform design has essentially remained the same throughout the club's entire history. It consists of a red helmet, and either red or white jerseys with the opposite color numbers and names trimmed in yellow. White pants were used with both jerseys until 1969, when red pants were used with the white jerseys. The 1969 Kansas City Chiefs season resulted in a 11-3 record and a 23-7 victory in Super Bowl IV over the Minnesota Vikings.

The white jersey–red pants combination was not used between 1989 and 1999, primarily during the period when Marty Schottenheimer was the team's head coach.

The first regular-season game of the Herman Edwards regime also featured the team wearing white on white for a home game. It is believed to be the first time the Chiefs had worn white for a home game since the early 1980s, when Marv Levy was the team's head coach. However, when the Chiefs played the Broncos in Denver the following week, they wore red pants. The 1989 Kansas City Chiefs season ended with a 8-7-1 record and second-place finish in the AFC West.

Following Lamar Hunt's death on December 13, 2006, the Chiefs wore the all-white combination for road games against the San Diego Chargers on December 17 and Oakland Raiders on December 23. It is said the all-white combination was a tribute to Hunt, who reportedly favored the all-white uniforms. The team wore the all-white combination in their playoff game versus the Indianapolis Colts. Even though many NFL teams in recent years have worn their dark jerseys with their dark pants, the Chiefs have to yet to unveil an all-red combination. The Chiefs also have yet to wear an alternate jersey in a game.

Recently some of you may have seen Lanier63 and myself mention Municipal Stadium in Kansas City. This was the original home of the Kansas City Chiefs. On what had been a frog pond and ash heap at 22nd Street and Brooklyn Avenue, Municipal Stadium was built. I still have fond memories of this stadium. Not only because of the Chiefs but the Kansas City A's having played there. Most of all I loved Harvey the Rabbit that would come out of the ground with a basket of baseballs for the umpire to grab.

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A small zoo with goats and sheep and picnic area stood behind the right-field fence. When home runs were hit into the field the goats and sheep would scamper up the hill. At the same time, Finley replaced the Athletics' old elephant mascot with a live mule, appropriately named "Charlie O".

When the Dallas Texans of the AFL moved to Kansas City in 1962, becoming the Kansas City Chiefs, Municipal Stadium was readied for football. Temporary stands were erected in left field to expand the stadium's capacity each fall, but had to be removed during the baseball season. The double-decked grandstand extended all the way across the south sideline (first base line of the baseball field), but ended halfway around the west end zone (third base on the baseball diamond). Both teams' benches were on the north sideline in front of the temporary bleachers, as was the case at other baseball stadiums converted to football. The east end zone ended at the right field fence, and the large scoreboard was in this end of the stadium. Due to the fence, there was significantly less room between the end line and the fence of the east end zone than there was in the west end zone, where there was a significant amount of room between the end line and the grandstand.

The Chiefs' final home game at Municipal Stadium was played on December 25, 1971. The double-overtime playoff contest (a loss to the Miami Dolphins) remains the longest game in NFL history.

Well, I'll stop this here for now. I hope it was somewhat interesting to some of you. Just think, A new renovated stadium, new young owner, new GM, new Head Coach. You get to be a part of Chiefs history in the making. Maybe not in books, but in your memories, and you'll be able to say "I was there when....".

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Arrowhead Pride's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of Arrowhead Pride writers or editors.