Pigskin: The Early Years of Pro Football

Pigskin The Early Years of Pro Football In Pigskin Robert W Peterson presents a lively and informative overview of the early years of pro football from the late s to the television era Peterson describes the colorful beginnings of the

  • Title: Pigskin: The Early Years of Pro Football
  • Author: Robert W.Peterson
  • ISBN: 9780195119138
  • Page: 160
  • Format: Paperback
  • In Pigskin, Robert W Peterson presents a lively and informative overview of the early years of pro football from the late 1880s to the television era Peterson describes the colorful beginnings of the pro game and its outstanding teams the Green Bay Packers, the New York Giants, the Chicago Bears, the Balti Colts , and the great games they played Profiles of the mIn Pigskin, Robert W Peterson presents a lively and informative overview of the early years of pro football from the late 1880s to the television era Peterson describes the colorful beginnings of the pro game and its outstanding teams the Green Bay Packers, the New York Giants, the Chicago Bears, the Balti Colts , and the great games they played Profiles of the most famous players of the era including Pudge Heffelfinger the first certifiable professional , Jim Thorpe, Red Grange, Bronko Nagurski, and Fritz Pollard the NFL s first black star bring the history of the game to life Peterson also takes us back to the roots of the pro game, showing how professionalism began when some stars for Yale, Harvard, and Princeton took money under the table, of course for their services to alma mater After the NFL formed in 1920, pro football s popularity grew gradually but steadily It burst into national prominence with the Bears Redskins championship game of 1940 As one sportswriter put it The weather was perfect So were the Bears The final score was 73 0 Peterson shows how, after World War II, the newly created All America Football Conference challenged the NFL Though dominated by a gritty Cleveland team, the AAFC was never viewed by NFL teams as much of a threat That is, not until 1950 when the two leagues merged, bringing about the Cleveland Browns Philadelphia Eagles game in which the Browns buried the Eagles 35 10 An elegy to a time when, for many players, the game was at least as important as the money it brought them which wasn t much , Pigskin takes readers up to the 1958 championship game when the Balti Colts beat the New York Giants in overtime Bythat time, the great popularity of the game had moved from newspapers and radio to television, and pro football had finally arrived as a major sport.

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    1. Taken on its own terms, this is an excellent short history of professional football up until the legendary '58 Colts-Giants showdown. Many people have complained that there's not enough in there about how mass momentum plays worked, too little about the impact of Red Grange, too much about pro football in 1890s Pennsylvania and turn-of-the-century Ohio, &c. But really, this isn't that kind of book. If you're hungry for more information, look up the PFRA reports that Peterson cites (most are [...]

    2. Wonderful book if you want to get a glimpse into the history of professional football. My one criticism is that he discusses formations that were used back then but never really tells us what they were. I didn't get quite the feel for it as I did talking to some of the old timers who actually played the game back then. It was a good primer, however, and I highly rate this book for anyone who is interested in the topic.

    3. Interesting subject, but wretched writing (something akin to a high school term paper) made this one difficult to finish. Amazingly, no readable, comprehensive history of the birth of the NFL has ever been written.

    4. Pigskin: the Early Years of Pro Football by Robert W. Peterson (Oxford University Press 1997)(796.33264). The author writes about the formative years of professional football as an institution from the 1880's to the television age. My rating: 7/10, finished 2005.

    5. I read this book for a sociology class in grad school. It has some interesting facts and stories, but does not always follow a linear line and is sometimes repetitive.

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