Lamar Hunt Through the Years
Aug 2, 1932: Born in El Dorado, Ark. Hunt was raised in Dallas.
1959: Applies for a National Football League expansion franchise but is turned down, as the thinking among NFL executives is that the league must be careful not to "oversaturate" the market by expanding too quickly.
1960: Leads several other investors in forming the AFL. Hunt becomes the owner of the Dallas Texans, and hires future Hall of Famer Hank Stram as the team's first head coach. The Texans win the AFL Championship in 1962.
1963: Following intense negotiations, finally agrees to move the team to Kansas City and the Dallas Texans become the Kansas City Chiefs. Part of the reason is to escape the enormous shadow cast by the Dallas Cowboys.
1966: One of the founding investors of the Chicago Bulls.
Jan. 15, 1967: Chiefs win their first AFL Championship and reach their first Super Bowl -- then called the "AFL-NFL Championship Game" -- where they lose to the Green Bay Packers, 35-10.
1967: Co-founds the World Championship Tennis circuit, giving birth to the open era in tennis.
1967: One of the original owners of the NASL (North American Soccer League), operating the Dallas Tornado, one of the lead franchises of the league.
1969: Is credited with coining the name "Super Bowl", inspired by a red, white and blue super ball owned by his daughter.
Jan. 11, 1970: Chiefs win AFL Championship again and go on to win Super Bowl IV over the Minnesota Vikings. Hunt never considers moving the team again. The NFL reluctantly accepts a merger between the two leagues.
1972: Becomes the first American Football League personage inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The trophy presented to each year's AFC Champion is named the Lamar Hunt Trophy.
1992: Inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame.
1993: Inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
1996: One of the original founding investors of Major League Soccer. Assumes ownership of the Columbus Crew and Kansas City Wizards.
1999: Finances the construction of Columbus Crew Stadium, the first of several large soccer-specific stadiums in the USA. The United States Soccer Federation changes the name of its oldest and most prestigious competition, the U.S. Open Cup, to the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup in 1999.
2000: Forms a group with businessman John H. McConnell (Columbus Hockey Limited) in an effort to obtain a National Hockey League franchise for Columbus, Ohio, but is eventually frozen out of the deal when McConnell is awarded the NHL franchise.
2003: Purchases a third team, the Dallas Burn (now FC Dallas), after announcing he would partially finance the construction of their own soccer-specific stadium.
Aug. 31, 2006: Sells the Wizards to a six-man ownership group.
Dec. 13, 2006: Succumbs to cancer in Dallas at 74.
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