Sport: Survival of the Rookie

When the American Football League set up shop in September as the bold, young challenger to pro football's seasoned and prospering National Football League, skeptics gave the rookie league the actuarial chances of a midget linebacker for the Baltimore Colts. Next week, when the Houston Oilers play the Los Angeles Chargers for the league championship, the A.F.L. will reach the end of its first season with all eight teams still in business. Survival is a triumph of sorts, but for the A.F.L. it is one that was dearly bought: losses for 1960 may...

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