The 1960 Los Angeles Chargers season was the team's inaugural season and also the inaugural season of the American Football League (AFL). Head coach Sid Gillman led the Chargers to the AFL Western Division title with a 10–4 record, in the team's only season in Los Angeles until its 2017 return, with its home field at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
The season concluded with the AFL championship game against the Houston Oilers (10–4) of the Eastern Division, held at Jeppesen Stadium in Houston on New Year's Day. The teams had split their two games in the regular season, with the home teams winning, and the host Oilers were 6 1/2-point favorites to win the title. Down by a point after three quarters, the Chargers gave up an 88-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter and lost, 24–16.
The Chargers had the right to host for the first ever AFL national championship game at the Los Angeles Coliseum. However as its attendance for home games was falling below 10,000 league and television officials fearing that showing empty seats in the 100,000+ seat Coliseum persuaded the Chargers to give up the advantage and move the game to Houston.
Initially denied in December, but announced in late January, owner Barron Hilton relocated the Chargers down the coast to a soon-to-be expanded Balboa Stadium in San Diego for the 1961 season.
|1960 Los Angeles Chargers season|
|Head coach||Sid Gillman|
|General manager||Frank Leahy|
|Home field||Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum|
|Division place||1st Western Division|
|Playoff finish||Lost AFL Championship|
(Houston Oilers, 24–16)
|1960 Los Angeles Chargers final roster|
|1||September 10, 1960||Dallas Texans||W 21–20||Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum|
|2||September 18, 1960||at Houston Oilers||L 38–28||Jeppesen Stadium|
|3||September 25, 1960||at Dallas Texans||L 17–0||Cotton Bowl|
|4||October 2, 1960||at Buffalo Bills||W 24–10||War Memorial Stadium|
|5||October 8, 1960||Boston Patriots||L 35–0||Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum|
|6||October 16, 1960||at Denver Broncos||W 23–19||Bears Stadium|
|8||October 28, 1960||at Boston Patriots||W 45–16||Nickerson Field|
|9||November 4, 1960||at New York Titans||W 21–7||Polo Grounds|
|10||November 13, 1960||Houston Oilers||W 24–21||Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum|
|11||November 20, 1960||Buffalo Bills||L 32–3||Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum|
|12||November 27, 1960||Oakland Raiders||W 52–28||Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum|
|13||December 4, 1960||at Oakland Raiders||W 41–17||Candlestick Park|
|14||December 10, 1960||Denver Broncos||W 41–33||Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum|
|15||December 18, 1960||New York Titans||W 50–43||Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum|
|Championship||January 1, 1961||Houston Oilers||L 24–16||Jeppesen Stadium|
|AFL Western Division|
|Los Angeles Chargers||10||4||0||.714||5–1||373||336||W4|
Note: Tie games were not officially counted in the standings until 1972.
|Wild card berths (3)|
|Division championships (15)|
|Conference championships (1)|
|League championships (1)|
|Current league affiliations|
|Former league affiliation|
Championship seasons in bold
Los Angeles Chargers 1960 inaugural season roster
Italics indicate future seasons