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The Football History Dude - Sports History Network EPISODE 160, 19th May 2021
"Just Win Baby!" - An Outlaw Raider Discussion With Author Rich Shmelter

"Just Win Baby!" - An Outlaw Raider Discussion With Author Rich Shmelter

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This week we cover the story behind the Outlaw Oakland Raiders and what made them the most successful pro team during a 30-year span.


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Richard J. Shmelter is a writer/researcher specializing in sports history, American crime during the Prohibition era, and Hollywood history. A member of the International Association of Crime Writers, the American Crime Writers League, and the Professional Football Researchers Association, he resides in Sagamore Hills, Ohio. His writing resume is listed below:

The Browns: Cleveland’s Team. Published in 1999, this book covers the greatest moments in the history of the Cleveland Browns from 1946 to 1999. 

Chicago Assassin: The Life and Legend of Machine Gun Jack McGurn and the Chicago Beer Wars of the Roaring Twenties. Published in 2008, it tells the story of one of the Prohibition era’s most compelling figures. It was highly well received by true crime aficionados, gaining sterling reviews from around the world. It found its way into the library at Harvard University and the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia. It is also in the library systems of London, England, and throughout New Zealand and Australia.


The Raiders Encyclopedia: This project covers the first fifty years of one of professional football’s most outrageous and highly successful franchises throughout the game’s long history. 

The Los Angeles Lakers Encyclopedia: Paying tribute to one of the most successful and popular professional sports organizations in the world, this project covers the Lakers’ first fifty years in Los Angeles. 

USC Trojans Football Encyclopedia: This covers USC’s football program over its first 125 years.

 The Los Angeles Dodgers Encyclopedia: The Dodgers long and proud tradition in Los Angeles is covered in this book from their arrival in 1958 through the 2016 season.  

All of Mr. Shmelter’s encyclopedias are presented in comprehensive fashion, covering every season, statistics (team and individual), all-time greatest players, head coaches, and sections dedicated to team traditions and award winners.

 Soon to release is a project pertaining to the birth and growth of professional football in Los Angeles. Mr. Shmelter is also currently finishing up a project dealing with drive-in movies from the late 1950s through the early ’80s. 

In addition to his solo projects, Mr. Shmelter assisted the Professional Football Researchers Association on books dedicated to the 1966 Green Bay Packers, 1958 Baltimore Colts, and the 1951 Los Angeles Rams. He has also appeared on numerous radio and podcast shows.


The Football History Dude is a show dedicated to teaching NFL fans about the rich history of the game we all know and love. I’m your host, Arnie Chapman, and I’m just a regular dude that loves football and is a nerd when it comes to learning about history. I created this show to share the gridiron knowledge nuggets I gain from researching various topics about the history of the National Football League. Each episode I welcome you to climb aboard my DeLorean to travel back in time to explore the yesteryear of the gridiron, and yes, that’s a reference to the Back to the Future Movies.