In 1946, after 5 years of petitioning the NFL trucking executive Tony Morabito spent $25,000 dollars and the San Francisco 49ers were named a charter member of the All-America Football Conference. The 49ers played their first ever game on August 31st against the Chicago Rockets, as roughly 40,000 fans watched the 49ers claim a 34-14 victory at Kezar Stadium.
In 1957, San Francisco Mayor Christopher showed New York Giants owner Horace Stoneham around Candlestick Point, the projected site... What the Mayor knew and, presumably, Stoneham did not was that although Candlestick Point can be lovely on a summer morning, it is usually one of the coldest, windiest and foggiest places in the country on a summer night. Fog rolls in over parts of San Francisco on most summer evenings and Candlestick Park was created in one of those parts.
Although Candlestick Park was built for the Giants, the Beatles played their last concert ever there on August 29, 1966, and the NFL 49ers have won so many Super Bowls since they moved there in 1971 that the sign in the parking lot said, "Home of the Super Bowl Champions," with almost no mention of the primary baseball team.
In 1995, they renamed their stadium 3Com Park. With this entire name, changing going it did not affect their performance at all. In 2004, on the 10th Anniversary of their fifth Super Bowl Championship the 49ers were rocking and crushing anyone who got in their way (bam)! Then all of a sudden out of the blue as an off-season wash out of the roster left behind a team that resembled an expansion team as 49ers fans used to opposing teams turned against owner John York, who fans blamed for letting the once known as a rocking team to a terrible team in performance.
From the start of the season it was obvious how bad the 49ers were as they dropped their first three games. As the season progressed the 49ers began the to start from scratch as they gave Coach Dennis Erickson the boot and hired Mike Nolan the son of Dick Nolan who led the 49ers 1968-1975, taking them as far as the NFC Championship Game twice.
This year they are finishing with the worst record in the NFL. Because they finished with the worst record, they were given the courtesy to draft first. The team is eager to put together a strong base for the future they would select QB Alex Smith out of Utah. With Smith leading the way, the 49ers now have one of the youngest teams in the NFL. They have to get their stuff together quickly as OL Thomas Herrion, a college teammate of Smith at Utah who was trying for a position on the team after playing in NFL Europe, died unexpectedly of a heart attack following a preseason game against the Denver Broncos. Where this team is headed, we will see as they continue fight for their dignity.