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Tough luck : Sid Luckman, Murder, Inc., and the rise of the modern NFL

Author: Richard Dean Rosen
Publisher: New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, [2019]
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"In the long annals of sports and crime, no story compares to the one that engulfed the Luckman family in 1935. As eighteen-year-old Sid Luckman made headlines across New York City for his football exploits at Erasmus Hall High School in Brooklyn, his father, Meyer Luckman, was making headlines in the same papers for a very different reason: the gangland murder of his own brother-in-law. Amazingly, after Sid became
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Named Person: Sid Luckman
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Richard Dean Rosen
ISBN: 9780802129444 0802129447
OCLC Number: 1090486155
Description: x, 306 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: The quarterback next door --
Hog-tied and trussed --
The Erasmus terror --
One heartless tangle --
A worrisome gent --
Specialized persuasions --
A good future in trucking --
Up the river --
Captive city --
A fast passing game --
Runaround --
Rookie --
They all laughed --
Whiners, crybabies, and quitters --
Barrage --
Temptations --
High-priced help --
Another botched job --
Almost to a T --
With a thud --
Casualties --
A surprising comment --
Last dance --
Bingo keep it --
A congestion of quarterbacks --
Gifts --
Secrets --
Who do you think you are, Sid Luckman?
Responsibility: R. D. Rosen.

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"In the long annals of sports and crime, no story compares to the one that engulfed the Luckman family in 1935. As eighteen-year-old Sid Luckman made headlines across New York City for his football exploits at Erasmus Hall High School in Brooklyn, his father, Meyer Luckman, was making headlines in the same papers for a very different reason: the gangland murder of his own brother-in-law. Amazingly, after Sid became a star at Columbia and then led the Chicago Bears to multiple NFL championships, all while Meyer wasted away in Sing Sing, the connection between sports celebrity son and mobster father was ignored by the press and then overlooked for eight decades. Tough Luck traces two historic developments connected by a single immigrant family in Depression-era New York: the rise of the National Football League through the dynastic Chicago Bears, whose famed owner George Halas convinced Sid Luckman to help him turn the sluggish game of pro football into America's favorite pastime; and the demise-triggered by Meyer Luckman's crime-of the Brooklyn labor rackets and of Louis Lepke's infamous organization Murder Inc. Filled with colorful characters-from ambitious district attorney turned governor Thomas Dewey and legendary columnist Walter Winchell, to Sid Luckman's rival quarterback "Slingin'" Sammy Baugh; from hit men like "Tick Tock" Tannenbaum, to Sid's powerful post-career friends Frank Sinatra and Joe DiMaggio-Tough Luck unforgettably evokes an era of vicious Brooklyn mobsters and undefeated Monsters of the Midway, a time when the media kept their mouths shut and the soft-spoken son of a murderer could become a beloved Hall of Fame legend with a hidden past"--

1935. As Sid Luckman made headlines across New York City for his football exploits at Erasmus Hall High School in Brooklyn, his father, Meyer Luckman, was making headlines for the gangland murder of his own brother-in-law. Sid became a star at Columbia and then led the Chicago Bears to multiple NFL championships; Meyer wasted away in Sing Sing. But the connection between sports celebrity son and mobster father has been overlooked for eight decades. Here Rosen traces the rise of the National Football League through the dynastic Chicago Bears, and the demise of the Brooklyn labor rackets triggered by Meyer Luckman. -- adapted from jacket

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