San Francisco Bay Area Women's Football
Much of the material for this page comes from the following article:
Twombly, Wells. "A Game of Soft Knocks." Photographs by Peter Read Miller. This article was printed in a newspaper magazine supplement, but the exact source and date are unknown. Year: 1975. Pages 3c-7c.
- The owner of the San Francisco Bay Area women's football teams was Elaine Raven.
- Teams began as companion franchises circa 1974. These teams were originally called the San Jose Knockers and the San Francisco Busters, the result of raunchy locker room humor that got into the papers and stuck. These teams merged to become the San Jose Ravens in 1975.
- The San Francisco Busters and the San Jose Knockers played a tackle football game to benefit the area Police Athletic League. The San Francisco 49ers sent two of their stars, Ted Kwalick and Gene Washington, to give the women some pointers on how to play football.
- Practices for the Bay Area teams were held at Golden Gate Park
- Among the players on the Bay Area teams were offensive guard Sharon Calhoun, Phyliss Cochrane, and quarterback/free safety Kathleen Self, wife of San Jose City Councilman Jim Self.
NOTE: If anyone has any additional information about either the San Jose Ravens, the San Francisco Busters or the San Jose Knockers, please e-mail me at either firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.