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Thursday, August 19, 2010

Los Angeles Chargers Franchise History - A Fan's Essentials

Fall 2022: To purchase a reasonably priced 8" x 24" plaqued mounted version of the Chargers poster that's ready to hang on your wall, please visit Heritage Sports Stuff.

1. Los Angeles Chargers – The Team Name
This franchise was established in 1960 as one of eight founding members of the American Football League (AFL) and entered the NFL in 1970. The team has been known as:
Los Angeles Chargers 1960
San Diego Chargers 1961-2016
Los Angeles Chargers 2017-Present

Jan 2024: This is a great newspaper clipping from Oct 28, 1959 (the team began play in 1960) that touches on ownership,  management, the team name (including a reference to owner Barron Hilton's Carte Blanche credit card connection), the team colors, uniform design and other points of interest for the fledgling new team.

2. Los Angeles Chargers – The Championship Record
One Super Bowl Appearance:
Super Bowl XXIX January 29, 1995 San Francisco 49, San Diego 26

Two AFL/AFC Championships:
January 5, 1964 San Diego 51, Boston 10
January 15, 1995 San Diego 17, Pittsburgh 13

Five AFL Championship Game Appearances:
1961, 1963, 1964, 1965

One AFL Championship:
1963 San Diego Chargers 51, Boston Patriots 10

Three AFC Championship Game Appearances:
1981, 1994, 2007

3. Los Angeles Chargers – Home Stadium History
1. Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles
2. Balboa Stadium, San Diego
3. San Diego Stadium / Jack Murphy Stadium / Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego
4.  Dignity Health Sports Park, Los Angeles
2017 - Present
5. Los Angeles Hollywood Park / SoFi Stadium, Los Angeles
2020 - Onward

4. For more information on the Chargers, you should bookmark these four great websites:

For a huge amount of great historic player and team information:

For a great summary of the Chargers' year by year standings:

For great information about the team's stadiums (don't be fooled by the fact that the website is called "", it also has great information on football stadiums):

5. Celebrate the Chargers' uniform history by owning a piece of history:
If you love the San Diego Chargers and the history of the Chargers franchise, you might really love to own an original piece of artwork celebrating the team's historic uniforms as seen in the poster at the top of this blog - you can actually own one of those original pieces of art! There are only 16 pieces of original art available for sale, and when these 16 are sold, that's it, they're all sold out.

These original watercolor paintings would make a great gift (birthday gift, anniversary gift, retirement gift, Christmas gift, etc.) for someone you love or even a great gift for yourself (one of these framed pieces would look fantastic in your home or office). Each piece can be bought one of three ways:
1. As unframed art that you could have framed or mounted yourself (the one on the left)
2. Framed in our "Classic" framed version (the middle version)
3. Framed in our "Deluxe" framed version (the version on the right)

If you would like more information about this great artwork including the three ways you could purchase each piece, please visit our San Diego Chargers YouTube video at or go directly to the artwork website where you can see and purchase the artwork.

And if someone you know loves the history of sports uniforms (but maybe another team) and loves great art, please let them know that we have over 1500 pieces of great original artwork for sale at (all NFL teams, all MLB teams, all NHL teams, all CFL teams, select NCAA football teams) or check out each team's video at the Heritage Sports Art YouTube Channel

And please search my blog archive for other blogs on the history of the Chargers.


This blog was written by Scott Sillcox and was last updated August 19, 2010. I have tried to ensure the accuracy of the information, but I am human and can make mistakes. If you believe I have made a mistake, please let me know by email at !

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