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Dec. 13, 1988

\ Dec. 13, 1988 Patrick Sullivan’s tenure as general manager of the Patriots was hardly dull. The son of the team’s founder, Billy Sullivan, made a higher climb up the ranks than might be possible anywhere but in the kingdom of an old charter franchise of the American Football League. Patrick began as a Patriots ball boy, became an assistant in the public relations department, then served as the manager of Schaefer Stadium, assistant general manager and, finally, general manager. His most memorable moment as the GM may have come when he heckled Howie Long during the Patriots’ playoff win ...

Aug. 15, 1963

Aug. 15, 1963 Playing before 9,387 at Lowell’s Cawley Stadium, the Boston Patriots blew a 20-0 lead and fell to the Houston Oilers, 21-20, in preseason American Football League action. Let’s provide answers to the obvious question: Yes, the game was played at Cawley Stadium. The Pats, still a long way from having a stadium of their very own, scattered a few exhibitions games around New England in the early days. Team owner Billy Sullivan was a graduate if Lowell High School (Class of 1933). Being an old sentimental softy, Sullivan brought his ballclub there to raise ...

Oct. 12, 1962

Oct. 12, 1962 Boston Patriots coach Mike Holovak was wary of a visit by the Dallas Texans tonight at 8 p.m. at Boston University Field. It seems that the Pats had a dreary practice yesterday, which did nothing to instill optimism. As Boston Globe writer John Ahern put it, ”f yesterday's practice session is indicative the Boston team would have its troubles with BC High.” Well, the Pats responded with a 27-7 win before 23,874, it's largest home crowd of the season. They'd only lose once over their ensuing nine games, finishing 9-4-1, good for second place ...

Oct. 6, 1962

Oct. 6, 1962 How far back in the day does this feel: The Patriots were preparing to face the New York Titans at the Polo Grounds. The game was set for 8 p.m., Saturday night, available on the old WEEI AM-590, with no TV coverage. Originally scheduled for Friday night, it was postponed for 24 hours as a storm whipped through New York, eliminating the prospect of any walk-up ticket sales. The Titans belonged to a man named Harry Wismer, and he needed as many folks passing through the turnstiles as he could possibly get. The Polo ...

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