One Night, Two Teams: Alabama vs USC and the Game That Changed a Nation

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In the sweltering heat of September of 1970 on Legion Field, the USC Trojans and the University of Alabama's Crimson Tide played a game that defined the emancipation of the South from its sordid history of racial segregation. When USC's black running back Sam "The Bam" Cunnigham ran roughshod over the all-white Crimson Tide, more than a football game was won. Based on interviews with many of the game's participants and thoroughly researched, this book presents sports as a metaphor for one of the most profound ...

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Overview

In the sweltering heat of September of 1970 on Legion Field, the USC Trojans and the University of Alabama's Crimson Tide played a game that defined the emancipation of the South from its sordid history of racial segregation. When USC's black running back Sam "The Bam" Cunnigham ran roughshod over the all-white Crimson Tide, more than a football game was won. Based on interviews with many of the game's participants and thoroughly researched, this book presents sports as a metaphor for one of the most profound social changes in history.

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Booklist, September 1, 2007 - Wes Lukowsky
…a compelling account…and a well-told story.
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Steve Travers is a Renaissance man.
San Francisco Examiner - Dave Burgin
Steve Travers is a great writer, an educated athlete who knows how to get inside the player's heads, and when that happens, greatness occurs. He's gonna be a superstar.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589795518
  • Publisher: Taylor Trade Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/16/2010
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 949,794
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword Winston Groom xi

Acknowledgments xiii

Author's Note xix

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 The Agenda 10

Alabama Football Fans 14

Art Spander 17

Chapter 2 Platonic Justice 20

Bud "the Steamer" Furillo 25

John Sciarra 28

Chapter 3 America: Where Slavery Came to Die 32

Winston Groom 51

Dwight Chapin 52

Chapter 4 Christian Idealism and Influential Contrarians 53

Rod Martin 56

John Robinson 58

Chapter 5 "I Have a Dream" 61

Clarence Davis 73

Dr. Culpepper Clark 75

Chapter 6 Our National Pastimes 79

Scott Hunter 88

Sam Dickerson 90

Chapter 7 The Religion of Football 94

Dave Brown 99

Manfred Moore 102

Chapter 8 California Dreamin' Meets the American Dream 105

Coach Willie Brown 110

Keith Dunnavant 112

Chapter 9 The Tradition of Troy 116

Tom Kelly 124

Mike Walden 126

Chapter 10 The Generals 132

J.K. McKay 137

Sylvester Croom 139

Chapter 11 The University of Spoiled Children 144

Rod McNeill 153

Pat Haden 155

Chapter 12 Dirt Poor versus Wealth and Privilege 158

Coach Clem Gryska 168

Coach Craig Fertig 171

Chapter 13 Something to Believe In 175

Charles "Tree" Young 183

Coach Dave Levy 189

Chapter 14 Packin' Heat: The New Breed 193

Jim Perry 197

Jeff Prugh 201

Chapter 15 Pregame Jitters 205

Coach Christ Vagotis 208

Wilbur Jackson 211

Chapter 16 Color Blind 213

Wendell Hudson 218

Coach Jack Rutledge 222

Chapter 17 Pattonesque 227

John Vella 234

John Hannah 238

Chapter 18 The War of Northern Aggression 244

John Mitchell 251

Anthony Davis 254

Chapter 19 Game Faces 263

Chapter 20 Conquest 269

Chapter 21 Student Body Right 272

Chapter 22 The Turning of the Tide 283

Chapter 23 "This Here's what a Football Player Looks Like" 291

Chapter 24 Orange Countification 308

Chapter 25 "Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory of the Coming of the Lord" 330

Chapter 26 The South Rises Again 335

Chapter 27 Legacy 343

Bibliography 361

Index 371

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