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Red Grange and the Rise of Modern Football / Edition 1
     

Red Grange and the Rise of Modern Football / Edition 1

by John M. Carroll
 

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ISBN-10: 0252071662

ISBN-13: 9780252071669

Pub. Date: 03/24/2004

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

Before the Super Bowl, before Monday Night Football, even before the NFL, there was Red Grange. Catapulted into the public eye in 1924 by scoring four touchdowns in twelve minutes for the University of Illinois, the "Galloping Ghost" went on to a trailblazing career as a professional player, star of Hollywood films, and broadcaster. He, Babe Ruth, and Jack Dempsey

Overview

Before the Super Bowl, before Monday Night Football, even before the NFL, there was Red Grange. Catapulted into the public eye in 1924 by scoring four touchdowns in twelve minutes for the University of Illinois, the "Galloping Ghost" went on to a trailblazing career as a professional player, star of Hollywood films, and broadcaster. He, Babe Ruth, and Jack Dempsey were among the nation's most heralded figures during the "golden age of sport" of the 1920s, and he was also on the cover of Sports Illustrated when that magazine did a special issue in 1991 on the greatest moments in sports. John Carroll depicts the career of this soft-spoken pioneer who helped lift pro football above its reputation as "a dirty little business run by rogues and bargain-basement entrepreneurs." A reluctant celebrity and folk hero, Red Grange throughout his life symbolized older, more rural American values. He was an unpretentious self-made individual who made his mark in a society increasingly controlled by machines, vast corporations, and stifling bureaucracies. His story is an essential element in understanding football's central place in American culture.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780252071669
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
Publication date:
03/24/2004
Series:
Sport and Society Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
296
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Prefacevii
Prologue: Comet over the Prairie1
1.An Odd Kind of Family11
2.Football and the Emergence of Red Grange25
3.Grange and the Golden Age of Sport43
4.Football and Mass Society59
5.A Media Frenzy77
6.The Great Debate97
7.The Grand Eastern Tour107
8.Barnstorming, Hollywood, and the AFL119
9.Down but Not Out140
10.A Solid Pro Player158
11.Finding a Niche181
12.A Reluctant Hero196
Epilogue: Red Grange in Perspective211
Notes219
Index255

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