SACRAMENTO GOLDMINERS HISTORY

YEARS IN LEAGUE:    1993-1994 OWNER: Fred Anderson
STADIUM: Hornet Field (24,000) COLOURS: Aqua and Old Gold
OVERALL REGULAR SEASON RECORD:    15-20-1 OVERALL PLAYOFF RECORD:    0-0
1993 STANDINGS: 6-12 Overall (5-4 Home, 1-8 Away) 
                            - Did Not Qualify For Playoffs.
1993 AVERAGE HOME ATTENDANCE:    16,979
1994 STANDINGS: 9-8-1 Overall (5-3-1 Home, 4-5-0 Away) 
                            - Did Not Qualify For Playoffs.
1994 AVERAGE HOME ATTENDANCE:    14,226

 Synopsis:
 (from The CFL in America)
The Gold Miners were the "descendants" of the Sacramento Surge of the original World League of American Football.  A handful of players from the Surge, including their quarterback David Archer, slotback Rod Harris and defensive tackle George Bethune played for the Gold Miners.  The Gold Miners were the first CFL American team and set a record their first season for most wins by a first-year CFL team (the record was broken by Baltimore in 1994).
Their all-US cast took some time to learn the intricacies of the Canadian game, going 6-12 in their first season, and just missing the playoffs in 1994 by going 9-8-1.  The team was ably led by QB Archer.  Other standout players included Mike Oliphant and Mike Pringle.
They made CFL history in 1993 on three occasions:  Their first game on July 7, when they lost to Ottawa, 32-23 marked the first ever regular-season game between a Canadian team and a team based outside of Canada.  On July 17, they hosted Calgary and lost, 38-36.  It marked the first regular-season CFL game played between a Canadian and American team on American soil.  On July 24, they recorded their first win vs. Saskatchewan, 37-26 and became the first American team to win a regular-season CFL game.
The Miners had very competent management working under owner Fred Anderson, perhaps the only truly dedicated US CFL owner.  Anderson's sidekick Tom Bass oversaw the operation, run by coach Kay Stephenson and GM Tom Huiskens.  As with the team, it took Stephenson some time to adapt to the Canadian game, but he was eventually successful.
The problems in Sacramento, however, were hard to overcome.  Since the San Antonio club that was also supposed to be a part of the '93 expansion had folded prematurely, the Miners were the only American team in the CFL during the 1993 campaign. They had to market themselves, receiving no assistance from the league.  Also, competition from the San Francisco 49ers and Stanford University hurt attendance.  Rickety Hornet Field kept fans away -- it was made up mostly of temporary grandstands with no real stadium amenities (facilities were threadbare, only port-a-potties were provided for fans).  Fred Anderson wanted to change this situation by building a new stadium in Sacramento for the Miners and his minor-league baseball club.  He planned to complete a project that had been started several years earlier to lure the Raiders to Sacramento, but had ended up being mothballed.  Anderson, however, could not come to terms with the local governments, and ended up moving to San Antonio after the 1994 season.
Attendance hovered around the 15,000 range in Sacramento, but it was widely known that as many as 2,000 of the 15,000 per game were given free tickets.


 SACRAMENTO GOLDMINERS' RECORD VS. OTHER TEAMS:
 OPPONENT:
GP
W
L
T
PF
PA
Pts
Pct.
Home
Away
 BALTIMORE STALLIONS
2
2
0
0
48
29
2
1.000
1-0-0
1-0-0
 BRITISH COLUMBIA LIONS
4
2
1
1
116
111
5
.625
1-0-1
1-1-0
 CALGARY STAMPEDERS
4
0
4
0
80
143
0
.000
0-2-0
0-2-0
 EDMONTON ESKIMOS
5
0
5
0
67
156
0
.000
0-3-0
0-2-0
 HAMILTON TIGER-CATS
3
2
1
0
85
62
4
.667
1-0-0
1-1-0
 LAS VEGAS POSSE
2
1
1
0
48
52
2
.500
0-1-0
1-0-0
 OTTAWA ROUGH RIDERS
3
2
1
0
114
56
4
.667
2-0-0
0-1-0
 SASKATCHEWAN ROUGHRIDERS
5
3
2
0
129
122
6
.600
2-0-0
1-2-0
 SHREVEPORT PIRATES
2
1
1
0
68
27
2
.500
1-0-0
0-1-0
 TORONTO ARGONAUTS
3
2
1
0
107
103
4
.667
2-0-0
0-1-0
 WINNIPEG BLUE BOMBERS
3
0
3
0
72
94
0
.000
0-1-0
0-2-0
 TOTALS:
36
15
20
1
934
955
31
.431
10-7-1
5-13-0

 1993 GOLDMINERS GAME RESULTS:
 Pre-Season:  Score:
 at WINNIPEG BLUE BOMBERS  W 21-15
 vs. BRITISH COLUMBIA LIONS (18,630)  W 39-20
 Regular Season:  Score:
 at Ottawa Rough Riders  L 23-32
 at Hamilton Tiger-Cats  L 14-30
 vs. Calgary Stampeders (20,082)  L 36-38
 vs. SASKATCHEWAN ROUGHRIDERS (17,319)  W 37-26
 vs. Edmonton Eskimos (17,827)  L 11-43
 at Toronto Argonauts  L 35-37
vs. HAMILTON TIGER-CATS (14,656)  W 46-10
 vs. Winnipeg Blue Bombers (15,509)  L 18-30
 at Saskatchewan Roughriders  L 23-26
 at Edmonton Eskimos  L 12-13
 vs. OTTAWA ROUGH RIDERS (16,510)  W 47-15
 at Saskatchewan Roughriders  L 20-27
 vs. Edmonton Eskimos (15,914)  L 13-34
 at BRITISH COLUMBIA LIONS  W 27-23
 at Winnipeg Blue Bombers  L 26-33
 vs. TORONTO ARGONAUTS (16,242)  W 38-34
 at Calgary Stampeders  L 8-41
 vs. BRITISH COLUMBIA LIONS (18,748)  W 64-27
 1993 GOLDMINERS GAME RESULTS:
 Pre-Season:  Score:
 vs. Calgary Stampeders (13,650)  L 24-39
 at Saskatchewan Roughriders  L 4-19
 Regular Season:  Score:
 vs. Las Vegas Posse (14,816)  L 26-32
 at HAMILTON TIGER-CATS  W 25-22
 at LAS VEGAS POSSE  W 22-20
 vs. SASKATCHEWAN ROUGHRIDERS (14,828)  W 30-27
 at British Columbia Lions  L 10-46
 at Calgary Stampeders  L 11-25
 vs. Edmonton Eskimos (13,959)  L 15-44
 at Winnipeg Blue Bombers  L 28-31
 vs. British Columbia Lions (12,633)  T 15-15
 at BALTIMORE CFL  W 30-29
 vs. SHREVEPORT PIRATES (13,741)  W 56-3
 vs. Calgary Stampeders (17,192)  L 25-39
 at SASKATCHEWAN ROUGHRIDERS  W 19-16
 vs. TORONTO ARGONAUTS (13,050)  W 34-32
 at Shreveport Pirates  L 12-24
 vs. OTTAWA ROUGH RIDERS (13,760)  W 44-9
 at Edmonton Eskimos  L 16-22
 vs. BALTIMORE CFL (14,056)  W 18-0

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