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FLASHBACK: 1953 – Racine Pro Team Named “Raiders”

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article appeared in the August 15, 1953, edition of the Racine Journal Times. Today marks the 62nd anniversary of the Raiders name being chosen for the Racine franchise and thus, the Racine Raiders being “born.”

FlashbackRacine Professional Football Club’s team in the Central States League will be known as the Raiders, it was announced today by Secretary Ed Qualheim.

The name, submitted by Tom Erdmann, 711 Illinois Street, was judged the winner in a contest among fans. Tommy will receive two season tickets to the Raiders’ home games at Horlick Athletic Field as his award.

Business Manager Wigs Konicek said last night that the team will hold a long workout at Horlick Athletic Field Sunday morning starting at 9 o’clock. Head Coach Don Perkins will issue plays and there will be some light contact work, Konicek disclosed.

Last Chance for Tryouts

“This will be the last chance for local candidates to report for tryouts,” Wigs explained. “After Sunday’s workout the coaches will pick their squad and by the middle of next week we’ll begin ‘knocking heads.’ A full-scale scrimmage will be held a week from Sunday.”

Konicek has had contacts with between 35 and 40 players from Racine, Kenosha, Milwaukee, Union Grove, Chicago and several northern Illinois cities and each of the candidates has taken part in one or more conditioning drills during the past two weeks.

First Game at Waukegan

Many of the football candidates also play with baseball or softball teams and the summer sports schedule has curtailed their, grid activities to date.

However, Coach Perkins and his associates, Line Coach Les Kalchik and Tom McCann, drills starting game is slated Advisory Coach plan to step up tomorrow. First two weeks from tonight with the Waukegan Merchants at Waukegan. First home game is carded Sunday afternoon, September 6 against Wausau Muskies, Central States League champions the past two years.