History of the Dallas Cowboys

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Clint Murchison, Jr. and Bedford Wynne were awarded a National Football League (NFL) expansion franchise on January 28, 1960, located in Dallas, TX. At the annual meeting, they purchased the team for $600,000 (Bohls 1). They were given the status of a “swing team” meaning that they would play every other team in the league their first season of play. They were displaced in the Western Division Standings. Murchison’s and Wynne’s next moved was to high their front office personnel which were: Tex Schramm (General Manager), Gil Brandt (Director of Player Personnel), and Tom Landry as Head Coach. In the beginning there were called the Dallas Steers, then after a couple of weeks the name was changed and there were called the Dallas Rangers. That name was short-lived as well, as it conflicted with a baseball team that was in the city. Then they finally decided to name the team the Dallas Cowboys to keep the confusion down (Fleming 1). On September 24, 1960 was the first game played for the newly expansioned Cowboys. The game was played at the Cotton Bowl which was the home stadium for the Cowboys, which is also the University of Texas home stadium. That was the highlight of the year as they went through the season winless until the second to last game of the season. They were playing the New York Giants in New York and squeaked out a tie, ending the 1960 season with a record of 0-11-1 (Fleming 1). The next year the Cowboys were moved to the Eastern Division and made their first draft pick which was Bob Lilly. The Cowboys also recorded their first victory as a franchise on September 17, 1961 against the Pittsburgh Steelers with a score of 27-24. This year would not end successful either with a record of 4-9-1. The seasons... ... middle of paper ... ...ave an overall record in the playoffs of 32-24 with a win percentage of 57. With these accomplishments the Cowboys have also had seventeen players inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame and the Cowboys Ring of Honor (Fleming 2). Works Cited Bohls, Kirk. “Dallas Cowboys.” The Handbook of Texas Online. Nd. Web. 2 December 2009. “Dallas Cowboys.” Encyclopedia Britannica. 2009. Web. 2 December 2009. Fleming, Frank. “Dallas Cowboys (1960-Present)” 29 Sep. 2009. Web. 1 Dec 2009 Lacayo, Richard. “Inside the New Dallas Cowboys Stadium.” Time.com. 21 September 2009. Web. 2 December 2009. Mosley, Matt. “The Great Debate ‘America’s Team’.” ESPN.NFL.com. 6 July 2009. Web. 2 December 2009. Pringalin. “Dallas Football History.” eHow. nd. Web. 2 December 2009. Pro Football Hall of Fame. “Cowboys.” Pro Football Hall of Fame. 2009. Web. 2 December 2009.

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