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The Original 1960 Dallas Cowboys Roster


I thought it would be interesting to examine the very first Dallas Cowboys roster in relationship to football cards, more specifically, rookie cards of the players before they were Cowboys.

Player research -Fred Goodwin Scan contributions by Rob Dell
  1950 Topps Felt Backs PSA Set Regisrty

On March 13, 1960 the Cowboys started the selection process from a player pool that was created earlier by the 12 current NFL franchises at a meeting in Los Angeles. The Cowboys were allowed to pick three unprotected players from each team giving them a verteran roster base of 36 players.

Since the Cowboys did not participate in the draft that was held in November of 1959, the rest of the 42 man roster was assembled by trades and free agent signings. Most notably was the acquisition of SMU star QB Don Meredith (drafted by the Chicago Bears, 3rd round), and New Mexico RB Don Perkins (an injury kept Perkins off the active roster). Since the Cowboys didn't formally exist yet, these players were signed to personal services contracts.

 

Below are the players that took the field in the Cowboys inaugural season 50 years ago. Along with a team issued photo and how the player was acquired, I have shown the players' RC if one exists prior to becoming a Dallas Cowboy. Both the Bill Butler and Ed Husmann RC's were issued after leaving the Cowboys.


Head Coach Tom Landry
1951 Bowman Tom Landry
Team Issue Photo 1951 Bowman #20

Gene Babb Bob Bercich Dick Bielski Don Bishop
Free Agent Trade from the GIants Expansion pick - Eagles Claimed off waivers

No football cards known

Retrocards 1961F

No football cards known 1955 Bowman Dick Bielski No cards prior to the Cowboys, 1962 Topps #46
    1955 Bowman #149  

Nate Borden Tom Braatz Byron Bradfute Bill Butler
Expansion pick - Packers Expansion pick - Redskins Rookie Free Agent Expansion pick - Packers

No football cards known

Retrocards 1960T

No football cards known

Retrocards 1960T

No football cards known 1965 Philadelphia Bill Butler
      1965 Philadelphia #103

Frank Clarke Fred Cone Mike Connelly Gene Cronin
Expansion pick - Browns Free Agent Rookie Free Agent Expansion pick - Lions
No cards prior to the Cowboys, 1964 Philadelphia #44 1952 Bowman Fred Cone No cards prior to the Cowboys, 1962 Topps #44 1959 Topps Gene Cronin
  1952 Bowman #14   1959 Topps #66

Paul Dickson Jim Doran Fred Dugan L.G. Dupre
Free agent Expansion pick - Lions Expansion pick - 49ers Expansion pick - Colts
No football cards known 1956 Topps Jim Doran No cards prior to the Cowboys, 1961 Fleer #44 1955 Bowman L.G. Dupre
  1956 Topps #80   1955 Bowman #160

Mike Falls Tom Frankhouser Bob Fry John Gonzaga
Rookie Free Agent Expansion pick - Rams Expansion pick - Rams Expansion pick - 49ers
No football cards known No cards prior to the Cowboys, 1961 Topps #27 1959 Bell Brand Rams Bob Fry No football cards known
    1959 Bell Brand #26  

Melwood 'Buzz" Guy Wayne Hansen Don Healy Don Heinrich
Expansion pick - Giants Free agent Expansion pick - Bears Expansion pick - Giants
No cards prior to the Cowboys, 1961 Topps #25 1955 Bowman Wayne Hansen Don Healy 1954 Bowman Don Heinrich
  1955 Bowman #125 1960 Topps Vault 1954 Bowman #92

Bill Herchman John Houser Bill Howton Ed Husmann
Free agent Caimed off waivers Free Agent Expansion pick - Cardinals
No football cards known 1959 Bell Brand Rams John Houser 1952 Bowman Bill Howton 1962 Fleer Ed Husmann
  1959 Bell Brand #22 1952 Bowman #21 1962 Fleer #55

Dick Klein Walt Kowalczyk Eddie LeBaron Woodley Lewis
Free agent Trade from Lions Trade from Redskins Free Agent
No football cards known 1990 Michigan St. Collection Walt Kowalczyk 1953 Bowman Eddie LeBaron 1951 Bowman Woodley Lewis
  1990 Mich St College Col 1953 Bowman #1 1951 Bowman #5

Ray Mathews Don McIlhenny Don Meredith Jim Mooty
Expansion pick - Steelers Expansion pick - Packers Trade from Bears Rookie Free Agent
1950 Topps Felt Back Ray Mathews
1950 Topps Felt Back
1958 Topps Don McIlhenny No cards prior to the Cowboys, 1961 Fleer #41 Jim Mooty
  1958 Topps #71   1960 Topps Vault

Jack Patera Duane Putnam Dave Sherer Jerry Tubbs
Expansion pick - Cardinals Expansion pick - Rams Expansion pick - Colts Expansion pick - 49ers
No cards prior to the Cowboys, 1961 Topps #26 1957 Topps Duane Putnam Dave Sherer 1957 Topps Jerry Tubbs
  1957 Topps #87 1960 Topps Vault 1957 Topps #125

Here are the remaining three players from the active roster in 1960. No team issue photos or football cards are known to exist.
Fred Doelling Mike Dowdle Gary Wisener
Rookie Free Agent Rookie Free Agent Rookie Free Agent
     

Played 1960 for the Cowboys

 
Played 1960-62 for the Cowboys, 1963-66 for the 49ers
 
Played 1960 for the Cowboys, 1961 for the Oilers
 

As an interesting side note, there are four players that were featured in the 1960 Topps football set that did not make the Cowboys active roster.
Charlie Ane Ray Krouse Ed Modzelewski Doyle Nix
Retired 9/18/1960 Traded to Redskins 9/18/1960 Retired 9/18/1960 Cut 9/14/1960, Signed by Chargers
1955 Bowman Charlie Ane 1955 Bowman Ray Krouse
1950 Topps Felt Back Ed Modzelewski
1950 Topps Felt Back
Doyle Nix
1955 Bowman #59 1955 Bowman #51   1960 Topps Vault

These are the remaining eleven players that did not end up on the Cowboys 1960 active roster. Most were selected in the expansion draft, and were either traded, cut, or decided to retire.
Al Barry Leroy Bolden Bobby Cross Gerry DeLucca
Expansion pick - Giants Expansion pick - Browns Expansion pick - Cardinals Expansion pick - Eagles
Traded to Chargers Retired Cut, Signed by Patriots Cut, Signed by Patriots
1959 Topps Al Barry Leroy Bolden 1952 Bowman Bobby Cross Gerry DeLucca
1959 Topps #138 1960 Topps Vault 1952 Bowman #102 Team Issue Photo
Ray Fisher Jack Johnson Pete Johnson Bobby Luna
Expansion pick - Steelers Expansion pick - Bears Expansion pick - Bears Expansion pick - Steelers
PUP Cut, Signed by Bills Cut Retired
No football cards known No football cards known Pete Johnson No football cards known
    1960 Topps Vault  
Joe Nicely Mike Sommer Bill Striegel
Expansion pick - Redskins   Expansion pick - Eagles
IR Trade with Colts reversed Cut, Signed by Raiders
Joe Nicely No football cards known Bill Striegel
1960 Topps Vault   1960 Topps Vault
 
 
 

 
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