The National Forgotten League

The National Forgotten League

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The first fifty years of Americaa€™s most popular spectator sport have been strangely neglected by historians claiming to tell the a€œcomplete storya€ of pro football. Well, here are the early stories that a€œcomplete storya€ has left out. What about the awful secret carried around by Sid Luckman, the Bearsa€™ Hall of Fame quarterback whose father was a mobster and a murderer? Or Steve Hamas, who briefly played in the NFL then turned to boxing and beat Max Schmeling, conqueror of Joe Louis? Or the two one-armed players who suited up for NFL teams in 1945? Or Steelers owner Art Rooney postponing a game in 1938 because of injuries? These are just a few of the little-known facts Dan Daly unearths in recounting the untold history of pro football in its first half century. These decades were also full of ideas and experimentation, such as the invention of the modern T formation that revolutionized offense, unlimited player substitution, and soccer-style kicking, as well as the emergence of televised pro football as prime-time entertainment. Relying on obscure sources, original interviews, old game films and statistical databases, Dalya€™s extensive research and engaging stories bring the NFLa€™s formative yearsa€”and pro footballa€™s folk rootsa€”to life.It was also a challenge to keep refilling Red Hota#39;s bale after kids, being kids, would help themselves to huge handfuls of cotton. ... Total weight loss: a mere six pounds. ... explains why no pro football player since has gotten ready for the season by toting a bale of cotton from Dallas to Chicago . . . or even to Oklahoma City.

Title:The National Forgotten League
Author:Dan Daly
Publisher:U of Nebraska Press - 2012-10-01


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