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The American Football League's first organizational meeting was held in Chicago under the leadership of Lamar Hunt of Dallas. Charter franchises were granted to New York and Harry Wismer; Dallas, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Denver and Houston.
The AFL held its first draft, lasting 33 rounds, then 20 more rounds 10 days later. The New York Titans took Notre Dame QB George Izo with their first overall pick.
The league established its divisional setup, grouping the Titans in the East with Boston, Buffalo, Houston and placing Dallas, Denver, Los Angeles and Oakland in the West.
Wismer hired Hall of Famer-to-be Sammy Baugh as the first coach of the New York Titans at $28,000 a year.