GUNSLINGERS TRIVIA

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Under the terms of the Gunslingers expansion franchise agreement, the team was required to expand Alamo Stadium to 62,000 seats by 1986. 
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The total cost of the San Antonio Gunslingers franchise, including interest, was to be $6.25 million.  Divided among the surviving 12 league teams from 1983, each team was to receive $208,333 from the 'Slingers in 1983, $90,250 in 1984, $106,917 in 1985, and $115,333 in 1986.
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Gil Steinke, the first (and third) head coach of the Gunslingers, coached Texas A&I (now Texas A&M-Kingsville) to six NAIA football championships during a quarter century of coaching.  His record there was an impressive 182-61-4.  Steinke died on May 10, 1995 - almost 12 years to the day of the announcement that the USFL had been formed.

While viewed largely today as a team on the same level as the Washington Federals/Orlando Renegades or the 1985 Los Angeles Express in terms of hopelessness, and despite its two-year winning percentage of just .333, the Gunslinger football team, particularly in its maiden 1984 season, was no pushover.  Eight of the team's 12 losses in 1984 came by a touchdown or less, and while the team went without paychecks during the final three weeks of the 1985 season, they still managed to win two games.

The Gunslingers were owned by South Texas Sports, Inc.

Among the provisions in the Gunslingers franchise agreement with the USFL was a provision prohibiting the league expanding to Austin, Texas.

Though the San Antonio Gunslingers died, Clinton Manges lives on.  Now in his 80's, Manges financial situation rebounded along with the oil industry as a whole, and today he lives on his ranch in Freer, Texas.

To listen to an MP3 file of Jim Simpson doing play-by-play when the lights went out in Alamo Stadium, click here
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