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Denver Broncos logos and helmet history (1960-2014) Broncos helmet illustrations above from Gridiron Uniforms Database.
Broncos uniforms png by fma12, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File: Broncos_ From May 2009, from the boards at Denver Broncos’ website, uploaded by White Dragon, ‘COMPLETE Denver Broncos Helmet History [1960-2009]‘ (forums.denverbroncos.com). A “bronco” is an unbroken or untamed horse, and it is a reference to Denver’s Wild West heritage.
White Horse sculpture at Mile High, photo unattributed at The Denver Broncos, initially saddled with the crushing debt that forced Howsam to sell the team in early 1961 after one season, never got their footing in the AFL, and never made the playoffs (nor had a winning season) in the AFL’s 10 seasons, and finished 39–97–4 in the league.
Aerial photo of Mile High Stadium’s last game on Dec. Attendance was understandably poor for the first few seasons.
Color photo of Broncos versus Oilers from 1960, unattributed at remembertheafl.com/Broncos.
So the Denver Bears were saddled with a heavy debt from the re-build, and Howsam knew another team was needed for the venue or it would become a White Elephant and drag down his Denver Bears and his dream of Major League Baseball in Denver with it.
The Howsams constructed Bears Stadium in 1947-48 on a rat-infested area west of downtown Denver, on the site of an old city dump.
The Denver Bears, who were then in the Class-A Western League (IV), began play there in August, 1948 (and played there for 45 years [later changing their name to the Denver Zephyrs] until they vacated Denver to make way for MLB’s Colorado Rockies and moved after the 1992 season to New Orleans as the still-in-existence New Orleans Zephyrs).
A few years earlier (circa 1958), Howsam had already tried to buy the NFL’s Chicago Cardinals and move them to Denver.
There were three others who also had, in the late 1950s, tried to buy-and-move the struggling Chicago Cardinals to their cities.
Circa 1957-59, when Bob Howsam tried to get a big-league-ball-club in the Continental League, capacity was increased to 23,000 (and the intention was to continue the expansion).