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Old 05-23-2007, 01:46 PM
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Bolt Origin of the name "Chargers."

I just heard the name "Chargers" originated from Mr. Hilton because he was in the credit card business.

Can someone verify this. Many have said it was taken after the horse, a charger, but just heard that was not so.

interesting.....
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Old 05-23-2007, 01:56 PM
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ya thats what ive heard that its from
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Old 05-23-2007, 01:58 PM
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ya' it's true.
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Old 05-23-2007, 02:02 PM
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im listening to XX radio right now too...its between Baron Hilton, the horse named Charger, and an LA Times contest for a name for the team
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Old 05-23-2007, 02:06 PM
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Oct. 28 Gerald Courtney of Hollywood wins expenses-paid trip to Mexico City and Acapulco for submitting "Chargers" in name-the-team contest.
http://www.chargers.com/history/chronology/

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How the Chargers got their name

Barron Hilton, the hotel magnate, organized the team to start in the AFL in 1960 in Los Angeles. Fans were asked to submit names. The club's nickname was submitted by Gerald Courtney of Hollywood. Hilton selected 'Chargers' in part because it coincided with the arrival of the new Carte Blanche charge card. [Ref: Total Football].

Another view from Les Land:
For background purposes I was the first Business Manager of the Chargers
- from inception -1960 thru their 1963 Championship season.

As regards the selection of the name, my recollection and understanding is that Barron Hilton selected it because he liked the USC cheer of "CHARGE", and was influenced to some extent by his friend Tom Eddy, who was a graduate of USC; Tom was Barron's front and leg-man during the early formative years. I have never heard Barron indicate that the name was derived because of the credit card name "Carte Blanche".

Barron Hilton was named to the Chargers Hall of Fame in 1980.

charg·er n. A large shallow dish; a platter. Used under the first course at formal dinners, then removed along with the first course dish before the next course is served.
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All three. Isn't it interesting how this stuff usually plays out.

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Old 05-23-2007, 02:41 PM
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i thought it was just the horse and wondered how the whole Bolt thing had anything to do with it
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I just heard the name "Chargers" originated from Mr. Hilton because he was in the credit card business.

Can someone verify this. Many have said it was taken after the horse, a charger, but just heard that was not so.

interesting.....
The "Credit Card" story is a silly urban legend.

The story about Barron Hilton picking the "Chargers" name because of the sound of bugles and fans yelling "CHARGE!" along with a fan winning a "Name the Team" newspaper contest are true.

Per the Chargers Official Website, History Section: Gerald Courtney of Hollywood won a expenses-paid trip to Mexico City and Acapulco for submitting "Chargers" in name-the-team contest.

http://chargers.com/history/chronology/

For more, you MUST read these great books about the history of the Chargers:

"Charging Through the AFL: Los Angeles and San Diego Chargers' Football in the 1960s" by Todd Tobias

"Bombs Away! Air Coryell and the San Diego Chargers" by Todd Tobias

"Sid Brooks' Tales from the San Diego Chargers Locker Room" by Sid Brooks (Ex Chargers Equipment Manager)
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The "Credit Card" story is a silly urban legend.

The story about Barron Hilton picking the "Chargers" name because of the sound of bugles and fans yelling "CHARGE!" along with a fan winning a "Name the Team" newspaper contest are true.

Per the Chargers Official Website, History Section: Gerald Courtney of Hollywood won a expenses-paid trip to Mexico City and Acapulco for submitting "Chargers" in name-the-team contest.

http://chargers.com/history/chronology/

For more, you MUST read these great books about the history of the Chargers:

"Charging Through the AFL: Los Angeles and San Diego Chargers' Football in the 1960s" by Todd Tobias

"Bombs Away! Air Coryell and the San Diego Chargers" by Todd Tobias

"Sid Brooks' Tales from the San Diego Chargers Locker Room" by Sid Brooks (Ex Chargers Equipment Manager)
It's not a silly urban legend.

You can add First Down and a Billion by Gene Klein to the list. He said it's true, and he bought the team from the Hiltons.

And read the quote from Les Land in my post above.
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Old 05-23-2007, 03:12 PM
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Funny that with all the USC haters on this board, it was a USC grad who helped come up with the name.
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wow great thread................NOT
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