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Anderson was the greatest supporter of U.S. expansion the CFL ever had.
Anderson brought the CFL to Sacramento and the campus of California State
University in 1993. Anderson envisioned a new football stadium in
Sacramento as a home for his team with the Hornet Field campus site as a
temporary fill-in. Initially Anderson was to join the league with a team
in San Antonio. The San Antonio Texans were awarded a franchise and then
embarrassingly the league watched the finances behind the Texas team
disintegrate leaving the Gold Miners to go it alone in 1993.
The Gold Miners brought a number of players
over from the defunct World League of American Football's Sacramento Surge
in quarterback David Archer and running back Mike Oliphant among others.
It would be Oliphant who would score the first ever touchdown for an
American based CFL team on July 7, 1993 in a 32-23 loss to the Ottawa
Rough Riders to open the 1993 season. 20,082 would turn out in week#2 for
the first ever regular season game in Sacramento. The 'Miners would lose
that contest as well 38-36 to the Doug Flutie led Calgary Stampeders. The
team would finish the 1993 season a respectable 6-12 in their first
season. Quarterback David Archer would post incredible totals in his first
season in the league with 6,023 yards passing on 702 attempts for 35
touchdowns. The former Atlanta Falcon was an instant CFL star. Rod Harris
(pictured) and Titus Dixon would both go over 1,000 yard receiving, with
Harris finishing 4th in the league with 1,379. Mike Oliphant led the club
in rushing with 760 yarsd and 8 touchdowns.
In 1994 the CFL added franchises in Las
Vegas, Shreveport and Baltimore giving the Godl Miners some more local
competition. The club still missed the playoffs in 1994 but finished above
.500 at 9-8-1 Archer suffered through an injury plagued season missing 6
games. Former Florida Gator star Kerwin Bell filled in admirably for
Archer with over 1,800 yards passing for 6 touchdowns and 9 interceptions.
Despite the addition of the other American clubs attendance dropped for
the teams home games from 16,979 in 1993 to 14,229. Hornet Field was
definitely losing it's appeal to fans as the antiquated aluminum seating.
With no progress on a new football facility and facing the prospect of
another season at Hornet Field Anderson elected to re-locate the team out
of Sacramento after 2 seasons.
In an ironic ending the Gold Miners moved to
San Antonio to become the Texans. Becoming the team that was to have been
their expansion partners in 1993.
Fred Anderson has since passed away but his
passion and dedication for Canadian Football will always be remembered by
those who met him. The Canadian Football League may not have succeeded in
Sacramento or San Antonio but it was not due to any lack of effort on the
part of Fred Anderson.
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1993 Avg: 16,979
1994 Avg: 14,189