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Pigskin : the early years of pro football

Author: Robert Peterson
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 1997.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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 Baltimore Colts), and the great games they played. Profiles of the most famous players of the era - including
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Peterson
ISBN: 0195076079 9780195076073 9780195119138 0195119134
OCLC Number: 34742498
Description: 228 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Before the television bonanza --
In the beginning --
The cradle of professionalism --
The coming of Jim Thorpe --
The birth and infancy of the NFL --
Glimmers of glory --
The pro style is born --
A debacle and the wartime blues --
The postwar war --
Black players and blackballs --
The television era begins --
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Responsibility: Robert W. Peterson.
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"With consummate skill and an impressive command of sources . . . Peterson reconstructs this colorful aspect of America's sporting past accurately and with great immediacy" ("Kirkus Reviews"). "For  Read more...

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Peterson's account is straightforward. He has a strong interest in the early history of professional sports. * International Herald Tribune *

 
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