Print and Go Back ESPN.com: Visuals - ESPN Playbook [Print without images]

Thursday, August 16, 2012
Yearbook, Aug. 16: Miami Dolphins are born

By Patrick Dorsey

Miami Dolphins mascot
Aug. 16, 1965: There was no name. Just a place, and two owners. On this day 47 years ago, the American Football League awarded an expansion franchise -- its first -- to Miami, and to lawyer Joe Robbie and actor Danny Thomas. Its eventual name, of course, would be the Miami Dolphins. It started play a year later.

Pictured: A shot from the 2006 preseason.