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Happy 48th birthday to Eddie Cade
Born August 4, 1973 in Casa Grande, Arizona
Patriot safety, 1995; uniform #41
Signed as an undrafted rookie free agent on May 1, 1995, from Arizona State

Eddie Ray Cade played in ten games for the Patriots in 1973, mostly on special teams. He was waived near the end of the 1996 training camp. Cade later signed with KC ('97) and then Pittsburgh ('98), but did not make it onto either of their regular season rosters.

Prior to the 2021 season his claim to fame is being the only Boston/New England Patriots player in the history of the franchise that was born on August 4.

If you are curious about Frank Youell Field, it was a stadium in Oakland with a capacity of 22,000 that the Raiders used for their home field from 1962 (when it first opened) to 1965. The Raiders had actually played across the bay in San Francisco for each of their first two seasons: in Kezar Stadium in 1960 and in Candlestick Park in 1961. Youell Field was a temporary fix to get the team out of San Francisco and into Oakland, where city officials wanted to build a large stadium for professional sports teams in order to make Oakland a 'major league city'. Youell Field (at a cost of $400,000) would be home to the Raiders until the Oakland Coliseum - with a capacity of 54,000 (and a cost of $25.5 million) - was completed, just in time for the start of the 1966 season.

The land where Frank Youell Field sat was originally developed by the federal government to house workers arriving in the area that worked in the nearby shipyards during World War 2. The stadium's namesake was a local undertaker, Oakland city councilman, and sports booster who advocated for enticing pro sports to Oakland. After the Raiders moved into the Coliseum, Frank Youell field was used for some local high school games, and not much else. It was torn down in 1969 - just seven years after it opened - and turned into a parking lot.

Happy 26th birthday to Kendrick Bourne
Born August 4, 1995 in Portland, Oregon
Patriot WR, 2021-; uniform #
Signed as a free agent on May 19, 2021

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Two others born on this date with a New England connection:

Art Braman (8/4/97-8/12/67)
Born in Torrington CT; Phillips Exeter Academy; Yale
Left Tackle for the Racine Legion in the twenties.

John Joseph 'Jumbo" Yonakor (8/4/21-4/18/01)
Born in Boston; Mechanic Arts High School
Defensive end for the Browns and others, from 1946 to 1952.

Other pro football players born Aug 4 with fun names include:

Momcilo Gavric (1938-2010); Croatian kicker for SF in 1969.

Melvyn Maile 'Mel" Tom (1941-2006); native of Honolulu and DE for the Eagles and Bears from 1966-75.

Mike Michel, 67 (1954); placekicker was a 5th round by the Dolphins in 1977.

Marshall Maquell McFadden, 35 (1986); m-cubed was a backup linebacker from 2012-14.

Shaunard Trudell Harts, 43 (1978); Boise State safety played 51 games with KC from '01-'04.

Canute Curtis, 47 (1974); Bengals linebacker played in 70 games from '97 - '02.

Lou Cordileone, 84 (1937); the Jersey native didn't even need to change his name as a Sopranos extra.

Vince Costello (1932-2019); Browns MLB from 1957-1966, and another Sopranos extra.

Edd Gregg (1897-1961); double word score on the letters d and g


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Since today is such a slow day, here are a few other random Pats photos, videos and trivia.

The 1960 Boston Patriots

Gino Cappelletti: Valuable Versatility |

All he did was blossom into a standout offensive player, but he also began growing into an iconic community figure that even opened a social club in Boston called The Point After.​

“In 1966, I started to work for WBZ-TV as a sports anchor doing the nightly news,” Cappelletti recalled. “Our owner understood that it was good for our team to get the exposure, saw the public relations value and he convinced our coach to allow for me to handle this assignment. The restaurant was started in 1967 in Copley Square and it was the hottest place to go in town. All of the sports figures from all across the other sports were there when they were in town. I do think it helped put the AFL in the spotlight.”​

To the best of my knowledge, from left to right:
  1. Ed Philpott (Ernie Adams' long-lost cousin)
  2. Ross O'Hanley
  3. Charley Long (behind O'Hanley)
  4. Larry Garron (back row, behind Long and hidden by St Jean)
  5. Len St. Jean
  6. Joe Bellino (behind St Jean)
  7. Bob Cappadona (behind Bellino, back row)
  8. Ron Burton (front row, middle)
  9. Butch Songin (behind Burton and Gino)
  10. Gino Cappelletti
  11. Unknown (behind Parilli, can't see enough of his face)
  12. Babe Parilli
  13. Art Graham
  14. Houston Antwine

Gino Cappelletti doing some PR work with local politicians in the sixties.

Long road trips in the eight-team AFL for a preseason game back in 1963.

Above photo is from either 1980 or 1981.

Some of the home fields and towns used for Boston Patriots exhibition games (the phrase 'preseason game' would come later, thanks to some creative NFL marketing to get people to pay full price for practice games) include:
  1. Alumni Field (UMass), Amherst MA
  2. Alumni Stadium (Boston College), Chestnut Hill MA (five times)
  3. Brown Stadium, Providence RI
  4. Cawley Memorial Stadium, Lowell MA (three times)
  5. Conley Stadium, Providence RI
  6. Fitton Field, Worcester MA
  7. Harvard Stadium, Allston MA (four times)
  8. Jarry Park, Montreal QC (August 25, 1969 vs Detroit)
  9. Nickerson Field (Boston University), Boston MA
  10. Warren McGuirk Alumni Stadium (UMass), Hadley MA

And there are these post-1970 preseason games, as the New England Patriots:
  1. Olympic Stadium, Montreal QC (August 9, 1990 vs Pittsburgh)
  2. SkyDome, Toronto ON (August 14, 1993 vs Cleveland)
  3. Estadio Azteca, Mexico City (August 17, 1998 vs Dallas)

There was also a preseason game versus Seattle scheduled for August 8, 2007 at Worker's Stadium in Beijing, China. That was postponed until 2009, and eventually canceled altogether.

The Patriots have played these regular season games outside of the US:
  1. Wembley Stadium, London (October 25, 2009 'at' Tampa Bay Bucs; won 35-7)
  2. Wembley Stadium, London (October 28, 2013 'at' St Louis Rams; won 45-7)
  3. Estadio Azteca, Mexico City (November 19, 2017 'at' Oakland Raiders; won 33-8)

The Patriots are entering their 62nd year of professional football.

During that time the franchise has experienced a total of 19 losing seasons.

Just consider that tidbit a little something to keep in your back pocket for when somebody proclaims that the Patriots were 'always awful' prior to 2001.

Patriot Training Camps:

  • 1960-1961
  • UMass, Amherst MA
  • Most Games: Alumni Field, Amherst MA
  • 1962-1968
  • Phillips Academy, Andover MA
  • Most Games: Various (see above)
  • 1969-1975
  • UMass, Amherst MA
  • Most Games: Warren McGuirk Alumni Stadium, Hadley MA; Schaefer Stadium, Foxboro
  • 1976-2002
  • Bryant College
  • Most Games: Schaefer/Sullivan/Foxboro Stadium
  • 2003-present
  • Gillette Stadium
  • CMGI Field/Gillette Stadium

1976 New England Patriots (33:11)

Boston Patriots Regular Season Home Stadiums by year:

  • 1960: Nickerson Field
  • 1961: Nickerson Field
  • 1962: Harvard Stadium (home opener); Nickerson Field (6 games)
  • 1963: Alumni Stadium (home opener); Fenway Park (6 games)
  • 1964: Alumni Stadium (home opener); Fenway Park (6 games)
  • 1965: Fenway Park
  • 1966: Fenway Park
  • 1967: San Diego Stadium (home opener); Fenway Park (6 games)
  • The Pats had to open the season with four road games and then a bye in order to appease Tom Yawkey and the grounds crew at Fenway. Unforeseen when the schedules were made was the Sox playing in the postseason. They had finished in ninth place, 26 games behind the previous season and were on a streak of eight consecutive losing seasons. As a result the Pats had to scramble at the last minute and play their home opener against the Chargers in front of their fans, in San Diego on October 8.
  • 1968: Legion Field, Birmingham AL (home opener); Fenway Park (6 games)
  • After the Impossible Dream Red Sox of 1967 zoomed in popularity in the Boston area, the baseball team refused to let the Patriots play in the month of September (even though the Sox were on the road on Sept 22).
  • The AFL-NFL merger was already in the works (eventually completed after the 1969 season) and every team was facing a requirement of a playing in a stadium with at least 50,000 seats. The Patriots were in a tenuous spot, receiving no cooperation on a new stadium deal from city and state politicians in Boston.
  • In April of 1968 AFL execs steered the Jets-Patriots game there to test Alabama’s taste for a professional team in the heart of college football country, eyeing a potential new home for the Patriot franchise.
  • 1969: Alumni Stadium

  • In 1970 the team became the New England Patriots and began playing at Schaefer Stadium, in Foxboro.