Looking at the origins of the Raiders logo
Randolph Scott was an actor whose career spanned from 1928-1962 and spanned genres ranging from social dramas to crime dramas to comedies to musicals, to name a few. He was most recognized for his roles in westerns though. But as most of Raider Nation can see, he will always be remembered for a symbol that is iconic. A symbol that is distinct and will last through the years. Not like the first logo for the Raiders…
When Al Davis became the coach and general manager for the Oakland Raiders, he changed the logo. He traded the black and gold for the silver and black and also added “RAIDERS” across the top of the logo which still depicted swords crossed behind Scott’s likeness. Interestingly enough, Scott’s likeness has only undergone slight modifications throughout the 50 plus years that his likeness has been seen on Raiders’ helmets as well as on the Raiders’ merchandise seen on Raider Nation today. Davis adopted the silver and black because he liked the black uniforms of the football players at West Point. Davis felt that it made the players look larger and that is part of the reason that he adopted the silver and black for the Raiders over the black and gold that the owners’ group had initially selected.
Davis went on to transform the Raiders from a team into a culture, a society. To this day, in the face of more than a decade of defeat, fans will never waiver because being a Raiders fan is more than being a fan. It is because of Davis that fans nowadays view Raider Nation as a lifestyle rather than a fan base. Davis went on to be enshrined in the NFL Hall of Fame in 1992 and was introduced by none other than former Raiders’ head coach, John Madden.
The late Ralph Wilson, Buffalo Bills owner, described Davis as “a coaching genius and astute administrator.” This astute administrator not only made changes to the team on the field, but off as well leading to the most recognized fan base out there.http://cover32.com/raiders/2014/10/30/throwback-thursday-looking-at-the-origins-of-the-raiders-logo/