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Tom Landry was a highly respected but little-known assistant coach for the New York Giants before being named the first head coach of the expansion Dallas Cowboys. Stoic and unprepossessing on the sidelines but brilliant and unyielding off the field, Landry guided the Cowboys for their first 29 years, leading them from league laughingstock to 18 playoff appearances, five Super Bowls, and two world championships. So sustained was their success and so magnetic was the way the ...
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Overview

Tom Landry was a highly respected but little-known assistant coach for the New York Giants before being named the first head coach of the expansion Dallas Cowboys. Stoic and unprepossessing on the sidelines but brilliant and unyielding off the field, Landry guided the Cowboys for their first 29 years, leading them from league laughingstock to 18 playoff appearances, five Super Bowls, and two world championships. So sustained was their success and so magnetic was the way the franchise was run that the Cowboys became known as America's Team.

How did it happen? In Landry's Boys, best-selling author Peter Golenbock goes directly to the source: the men who made it happen. In this oral history of the Dallas Cowboys during the Landry years, Golenbock interviewed the players, coaches, and front-office personnel who forged the Cowboys legacy. Revealing, engaging, and evocative interviews include such Cowboys luminaries as Don Meredith, Roger Staubach, Bob Lilly, Drew Pearson, Lee Roy Jordan, Bob Hayes, Calvin Hill, Chuck Howley, Randy White, Mel Renfro, Eddie LeBaron, Frank Clark, Tex Schramm-and Landry himself.

Landry's Boys tells how Landry shaped the Cowboys, with exacting precision, to become the dominant team in the NFL; how the assassination of President Kennedy in the team's home city of Dallas seemed to place a curse on the fortunes of the Cowboys; how, in the end, the Cowboys helped to pull the town out of its civic hell; how quarterback Craig Morton almost led the Cowboys to the mountaintop, but was cast down to the shadows by the rise of his successor, Roger Staubach; how Duane Thomas rallied the team to two Super Bowls while waging a war against the game's racial double standard.

It's all here, from the Cowboys' bumbling beginning at the Cotton Bowl in the early sixties to the team's misses later in the decade, its ultimate victory in the seventies, and the crumbling of the dynasty in the eighties. Landry's Boys is the definitive oral history of America's Team through its first three decades.

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Tom Landry coached the Dallas Cowboys for 29 seasons (1960-88), winning 270 games and 2 Super Bowls. His 21 career playoff victories are the most of any NFL coach. In this exciting, often poignant book, famed sports author Peter Golenbock uses interviews to delve into the inner working of "America's Team" and its peerless leader.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781617499548
  • Publisher: Triumph Books
  • Publication date: 9/1/2005
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 1,315,646
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Peter Golenbock
Peter Golenbock is a five-time New York Times bestselling author and is widely acknowledged as the best oral historian in the literature of sport. Some of his best-known books include The Bronx Zoo, which he wrote in 1979 with New York Yankees pitcher Sparky Lyle; BUMS: An Oral History of the Brooklyn Dodgers (1984); Personal Fouls (1988), a look at corruption in college basketball; American Zoom (1993), a history of NASCAR; and Wild, High and Tight (1994), his lurid biography of Yankees manager Billy Martin. Golenbock lives in St. Petersburg, Florida.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii
Part I The Old NFL 1
Chapter 1 The Two Clints 3
Chapter 2 Growing Pains 11
Chapter 3 Tex 19
Chapter 4 The Bombardier 26
Chapter 5 The Expendables 37
Chapter 6 The Disgruntled 40
Chapter 7 Mr. Nice 43
Chapter 8 Little Eddie 46
Chapter 9 The First Herd 48
Chapter 10 0-11-1 63
Chapter 11 The Righteous and the Sinners 71
Chapter 12 Big Bob and Hogmeat 79
Chapter 13 Pettis and Cornell 90
Chapter 14 Inconsistent D 97
Chapter 15 Clarke Star 102
Chapter 16 A Season Dies with a President 104
Chapter 17 Mel and Maury 113
Chapter 18 Buddy and Don 118
Chapter 19 Pete 124
Chapter 20 Bob Lilly and the Flex 129
Chapter 21 Varmint 136
Chapter 22 Turmoil and Dandy Don 139
Chapter 23 Iconoclasts 154
Chapter 24 Success-At Last 163
Chapter 25 Two Feet Away 169
Chapter 26 Lance on the Flank 177
Chapter 27 Agony 182
Chapter 28 The Ice Bowl 187
Chapter 29 Uncivil War 196
Chapter 30 Jordan Versus Gent 202
Chapter 31 Trials and Tribulations 208
Chapter 32 Self-Destruction 216
Part II The New NFL 223
Chapter 33 The New Order 225
Chapter 34 Roger 231
Chapter 35 The Depths 237
Chapter 36 Cracking Down 243
Chapter 37 Bitterness 249
Chapter 38 Monday Night Humiliation 253
Chapter 39 Rentzel's Compulsion 258
Chapter 40 The Mountaintop 260
Chapter 41 Almost Super 267
Chapter 42 Duane Versus the Plastic Man 272
Chapter 43 Roger Takes the Helm 283
Chapter 44 Super 288
Chapter 45 Duane Thomas' Legacy 293
Chapter 46 Craig Fills In 297
Chapter 47 A Study in Black and White 303
Chapter 48 The Free Agent 314
Chapter 49 Roger to Drew 317
Chapter 50 Come the (Short) Revolution 327
Chapter 51 So Long, Bob Hayes 335
Chapter 52 Two Number Ones 340
Chapter 53 The Dirty Dozen 344
Chapter 54 Hail Mary 350
Chapter 55 Super Surprise 355
Chapter 56 Roger's Ordeal 361
Chapter 57 TD 366
Chapter 58 The Assassin 374
Chapter 59 Hollywood 377
Chapter 60 A Crushing Defeat 381
Chapter 61 America's Team 384
Chapter 62 Casualties 392
Chapter 63 Roger in Mothballs 398
Chapter 64 Close, but No Cigar 402
Chapter 65 Clint Goes Under 409
Chapter 66 Bum Bright 416
Chapter 67 The Fall of the Cowboys 420
Chapter 68 Bum Bright's Payback 430
Chapter 69 End of an Era 437
Notes 445
Bibliography 450
Index 452
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