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Old 12-19-2017, 10:25 PM
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Default Good Football Reads

I enjoy reading books about football, especially this time of year when the days grow shorter. I find that the books bring alive the players in the sets I build and keep them from being anonymous. Most of my football reading has been AFL-oriented. Right now, I am reading a book about the 1963 Chargers called the Uncrowned Champions. Another good book I enjoyed was The Little League That Could. I can't remember the exact title, but I also read a biography about Sid Gillman that I liked.

This thread could be a useful list of good football reads---and they don't have to be AFL.

What books do you guys recommend?

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Old 12-19-2017, 11:32 PM
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Good thread. I would recommend these off of the top of my head, but may add more later as I read these and many others years ago.

Distant Replay -- Jerry Kramer
Paper Lion -- George Plimpton
Always on the Run -- Csonka-Kiick-Dave Anderson
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A prior book discussion: http://www.net54baseball.com/showthread.php?t=219942

My top choices would be:

-Pigskin
-Breaker Boys
-The Games That Changed the Game (I think the OP will like the Sid Gillman chapter)
-The Sunday Game: At the Dawn of Professional Football

The book I read most recently was Ralph Hickok's bio of Johnny Blood (https://www.amazon.com/Vagabond-Half...k+johnny+blood). Hickok knew Blood and travelled with him, but agreed not to publish the book until after his death. It was excellent.

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Old 12-20-2017, 03:37 AM
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Love Johnny Blood! He's on the front of one of my favorite 1930s Packers programs.



Gonna definitely pick up that book.

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Jeff, awesome Spartans program!

There's also another book on Blood with almost the same title. This post explains it: http://nflfootballjournal.blogspot.c...-booklist.html. I enjoyed both, but if you can only read one, I recommend the Hickock book. It has a really nice flow to it, excellent season by season summaries of each team Blood played for, etc. - plus the author had direct access to the source - we don't get that much for players from the 20s.

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Jeff, awesome Spartans program!
Thought you might like that, John. Called it a Packers program just to raise your ire ;-)

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Old 12-22-2017, 09:52 AM
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There is a book on Dutch Clark that I thought was a great read about that early era of football. One story I thought was interesting (and I hope I get the details right) was that when the Portsmith Spartans were having trouble they hadn’t paid him a game check for the last half of the season, so before the last game he walked into the ticket office and demanded his money or he wouldn’t play that day. Well they paid him and he played but after the game he had take the train back home to Colorado with 700 silver dollars in his pockets. If you’ve ever dealt with silver you know how awkward that must have been.
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Not the greatest prose ever but decent info and some nice pictures included. Issued in 1970.

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When Pride still mattered (about the Lombardi Packers) by Marani
America's Game (about the growth of the NFL from the early days until today--the definitive read on the sport) by McCambridge
The Last Headbangers (70's Football focusing on the Raiders, Steelers and other top teams of the decade) by Cook
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Old 12-30-2017, 10:41 PM
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Two very readable books that add great color to the game in the 1950's and 60's are;

WHEN THE GRASS WAS REAL by Bob Carroll

THE GOLDEN AGE OF PRO FOOTBALL by Mickey Herskowitz
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