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  • Landry Hired - Clint Murchison, Jr., and Bedford Wynne sign N.Y. Giants defensive assistant Tom Landry to a personal services contract on Dec. 27, 1959, with the intention of naming him head coach once they are awarded an expansion franchise by the NFL.
  • NFL Franchise - Clint Murchison, Jr., and Bedford Wynne were awarded an expansion franchise in the NFL at the annual league meeting in Miami Beach, Fla. The Cowboys were to play as a "swing" team, playing every other team one time during the first season, although listed in the Western Conference standing (January 28)
  • Cowboys Stocked - A player pool was set up in the league meeting in Los Angeles, with each of 12 NFL teams freezing 25 names on its roster and the Cowboys allowed to pick three from each team for a total of 36 veterans. Dallas, once given the list, had to select its 36 players within 24 hours (March 13)
  • Training Starts - Rookies report to first Cowboys camp at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon (July 19).


9/24 L 28-35 PITTSBURGH 30,000
9/30 L 25-27 PHILADELPHIA 18,500
10/9 L 14-26 @Washington 21,142
10/16 L 7-48 CLEVELAND 28,500
10/23 L 10-12 @St. Louis 23,128
10/30 L 7-45 BALTIMORE 25,500
11/6 L 13-38 LOS ANGELES 16,000
11/13 L 7-41 @Green Bay 32,294
11/20 L 14-26 SAN FRANCISCO 10,000
11/27 L 7-17 @Chicago 39,951
12/4 T 31-31 @New York 55,033
12/11 L 14-23 @Detroit 43,272


WR Fred Dugan
LT Bob Fry
LG Duane Putnam
C John Houser
RG Buzz Guy (7)
  Mike Falls (5)
RT Paul Dickson (8)
  Dick Klein (4)
TE Jim Doran (9)
  Dick Bielski (3)
WR Bill Howton (7)
  Frank Clarke (3)
QB Eddie LeBaron
RB Don McIlhenny (7)
  L.G. Dupre (5)
FB Walt Kowalczyk (7)
  Gene Babb (5)
LE Nate Borden
LT Don Healy
RT Ed Husmann
RE John Gonzaga
LLB Wayne Hansen
MLB Jerry Tubbs
RLB Gene Cronin
LCB Tom Franckhauser
RCB Don Bishop
SS Bob Bercich (6)
  Fred Doeling(3)
  Gary Wisener(3)
FS Bill Butler