The Southern California Sun were an
American football team based out of
Anaheim, California that played in the
World Football League in 1974 and 1975. Their records were 13-7 in 1974 and 7-5 in 1975. Their home stadium was
Anaheim Stadium. They were coached by former Rams great and Hall of Famer
Tom Fears and owned by trucking magnate Larry Hatfield. The team drew national attention for their (at the time) outlandish magenta and orange uniforms.
The Sun won the 1974 Western Division title, but lost their playoff game against
The Hawaiians when three of their best players--
James McAlister and
Booker Brown—sat out the game. The three players were owed back pay, and claimed the missed checks breached their contracts. This episode aside, the Sun were one of the WFL's better-run teams, and at least had the potential to be a viable venture had the WFL been run in a more realistic and financially sensible manner. A year later, they were leading the West when the league folded on October 22, 1975 in midseason.