Who were the Texas Steers?

Who were the Texas Steers?

The Dallas Cowboys began in 1960 and always took the field as the Cowboys, but before their first game was played the name had changed not one, but twice to become Cowboys.

Clint Murchison Jr.

When Clint Murchison Jr.’s group was awarded an NFL franchise on January 28, 1960, the organization’s name was the Dallas Steers. Team general manager Texas “Tex” Schramm didn’t think that naming a football team after a castrated cow would be a good idea. The owners agreed and leaned toward the name Dallas Rangers.

The problem was, that was already a minor-league baseball team. Again, Schramm thought the team’s name would cause problems. Schramm prevailed and on March 13, 1960, the organization announced that it would be known as the Dallas Cowboys.

The first game in the Cowboys’ history was at home on Sept. 24, 1960. The Steelers defeated the Cowboys, 35-28.

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SOURCES:

R.D. Griffith, To the NFL: You Sure Started Something (Pittsburgh, Penn.: Dorrance Publishing Co., 2012).

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