Chet Soda

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Chet Soda in 1960

Y. Charles "Chet" Soda (1908–1989) was an Oakland, California businessman who was the first general partner of the Oakland Raiders, an original franchise in the American Football League (AFL, 1960–1969). Soda was allegedly the source of the team's original name, the "Oakland Señores," which was overruled less than two weeks after it had been announced.[1] Soda's involvement in the team was short-lived; almost immediately, he handed control of the franchise to fellow partner F. Wayne Valley.


  1. ^ "Now It's Hi, Raiders! (Bye, Senors)", Oakland Tribune, April 14, 1960, p1

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