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Football : the Ivy League origins of an American obsession

Author: Mark F Bernstein
Publisher: Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, ©2001.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Every autumn American football fans pack large college stadiums or crowd around grassy fields to root for their favorite teams. Most are unaware that this most popular American sport was created by the teams that now make up the Ivy League. From the day Princeton played the first intercollegiate game in 1869, these major schools of the northeast - Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Pennsylvania,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mark F Bernstein
ISBN: 0812236270 9780812236279
OCLC Number: 46506102
Description: xiii, 336 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Contents: The Big Three --
Making the rules as you go along --
Wonderful to behold and terrible to stop --
More work for the undertaker --
The sign we hail --
Team of destiny --
Red ink --
Medium-time football --
The Ivy League --
A well-rounded class --
What is this thing called "winning"? --
The modern game --
Appendix : Head coaches ; Cumulative and Ivy League records --
Ivy league champions --
Ivy League national champions --
Ivy League 1981 Silver Anniversary All-Star Team.
Responsibility: Mark F. Bernstein.
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With their long winning streaks, distinctive traditions, and impressive victories, Ivy teams started a national obsession with football in the first decades of the twentieth century that still  Read more...

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"Bernstein's book is first-rate football history for the richness of its details drawn from a wide range of primary and secondary materials. . . . Highly readable and highly informed."-Register of Read more...

 
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