On This Date 10/3/1989
The Los Angeles Raiders fire Mike Shanahan after a 1-3 start. To replace Shanahan, the Raiders name Hall of Famer Art Shell as their new head coach. Shell becomes the first African-American head coach in the NFL’s modern era. Fritz Pollard had been the NFL’s last black coach in 1925 with the Hammond Pros. Art Shell would win his first game with the Raiders six days later, beating the New York Jets 17-9 on Monday Night Football.