Football's Last Iron Men: 1934, Yale vs. Princeton, and One Stunning Upset

Football's Last Iron Men: 1934, Yale vs. Princeton, and One Stunning Upset

by Norman L. Macht
     
 

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In November 1934, the Princeton football team—unbeaten in its last fifteen games—faced the 3–3 Yale Bulldogs, who gave new meaning to the term “underdogs.” As much a thrilling play-by-play account of college football at its finest as it is a fascinating work of sports history, this book chronicles the season that brought Princeton and… See more details below

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In November 1934, the Princeton football team—unbeaten in its last fifteen games—faced the 3–3 Yale Bulldogs, who gave new meaning to the term “underdogs.” As much a thrilling play-by-play account of college football at its finest as it is a fascinating work of sports history, this book chronicles the season that brought Princeton and Yale together in a game like no other since.
 
Football’s Last Iron Men follows the teams from the hiring of future Hall of Fame coaches Fritz Crisler and Greasy Neale through spring practice to their annual clash on November 17. The Yale Elis, it seemed, had no chance. How those eleven players—who never left the game—stunned Princeton 7–0 is a chapter in football history. It was an era of 165-pound linemen, quarterbacks who called their own plays, and student athletes who earned no special treatment. But the story of Yale’s Iron Men is also part of a larger history, for it took place during the Great Depression, when millions of struggling Americans found hope in the courage and grit of the team who wouldn’t quit.

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Editorial Reviews

Jim Campbell
"Norman Macht captures in exacting detail the exciting 1934 Yale and Princeton seasons, culminating in the heroic sixty-minute effort of eleven tenacious Bulldogs as they upset the heavily favored Tigers."

-Jim Campbell, football historian

Gridiron Greats

"The game has changed dramatically since 1934, however one must go back in time and truly see how it was once played. This book shows the way the game was played by men from a different time."—Bob Swick, Gridiron Greats

Gridiron Greats - Bob Swick

"The game has changed dramatically since 1934, however one must go back in time and truly see how it was once played. This book shows the way the game was played by men from a different time."—Bob Swick, Gridiron Greats
Library Journal
Macht here re-creates an Ivy League gridiron showdown of yore. While neither college has had much of a football presence for several decades, the undefeated Princeton Tigers had received National Championship recognition in 1933 and were working on a 15-game unbeaten streak when they met Yale in November 1934. The game is worth remembering for the result and for marking the last time in major college football that one team (Yale) used only 11 players ("iron men") for the full game. Also of note are the team's Hall of Fame coaches, Fritz Crisler for Princeton and Greasy Neale, lead assistant at Yale. Macht interviewed most of the principal players over the past years and weaves together the story of both teams in a culmination that retells the game itself. Readers see how vastly different football was in an era of 165-pound linemen, quick kicks, few passes, and low scores. A final chapter reveals what the future held for these student athletes. Well written, this will be of interest to readers of football's past, rather than followers of today's NFL.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803234017
Publisher:
UNP - Bison Books
Publication date:
09/01/2010
Pages:
168
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.40(d)

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