What a Game They Played: An Inside Look at the Golden Era of Pro Football

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In their own words, the pioneers and legends of professional football tell of the early glory years of the National Football League. From the 1920s through the 1940s, pro football players were paid only hundreds of dollars per game and rarely had substitutes. The conditions and times of this era are vividly recalled by such players as Red Grange, Johnny Blood, Clarke Hinkle, Ace Parker, Shipwreck Kelly, Mel Hein, Sammy Baugh, Don Hutson, and Sid Luckman. The players also reveal personal glimpses of how they ...
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Overview

In their own words, the pioneers and legends of professional football tell of the early glory years of the National Football League. From the 1920s through the 1940s, pro football players were paid only hundreds of dollars per game and rarely had substitutes. The conditions and times of this era are vividly recalled by such players as Red Grange, Johnny Blood, Clarke Hinkle, Ace Parker, Shipwreck Kelly, Mel Hein, Sammy Baugh, Don Hutson, and Sid Luckman. The players also reveal personal glimpses of how they got started in football, the conditions on the field, their life away from it, and their memories of outstanding games and competing against such giants as Jim Thorpe.

Full of wry and wonderful anecdotes, What A Game They Played invites sports fans to experience the fresh and inventive early years of pro football, a game played in an America quite different from what it is today.

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"Each first-person narrative reveals the paltry salaries, poor playing conditions, and general instability of the fledgling league. Each also reveals the competitiveness, camaraderie, and pioneering spirit of players and owners alike. . . . Football buffs will revel in the no-holds-barred accounts of great games and famous names, but even marginal fans will appreciate the vitality with which these unique individuals retell the stories of their lives."—Booklist
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803298194
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 2/1/2002
  • Pages: 235
  • Product dimensions: 6.32 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Whittingham is the author of Rites of Autumn: The Story of College Football as well as a number of sport histories, including chronicles of the Chicago Bears, Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, and Washington Redskins. Keith McClellan is the author of The Sunday Game: At the Dawn of Professional Football.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xv
1 Joey Sternaman 1
Let Old Jim Run
Big Money
2 Red Grange 15
Running for His Life
Debaucheries
3 Johnny Blood 29
Dealing with Fats Henry
On Thorpe
4 Red Badgro 45
Kicking to Grange
Show Biz
5 Mel Hein 53
On Tour
The Guarantee
6 Glenn Presnell 68
Smart Indian
7 Shipwreck Kelly 80
Mental Block
Devoted Fans
8 Clarke Hinkle 91
Creative Refereeing
Shinguards
9 Harry Newman 106
Trick Plays
The Bronk
10 Don Hutson 119
The View From the Top
Trivium
11 Wellington Mara 131
Double Take
Welcome to the NFL
12 Ace Parker 144
Fight Song
A Novel Way of Passing
13 Alex Wojciechowicz 154
Coach Blood
Pinpoint Passing
14 Sammy Baugh 169
Best Friends
Little Scuffles, Large Pains
15 Jim Benton 183
The First TV Game
16 Sid Luckman 195
Playing the Goalpost
Music, Maestro
17 Tony Canadeo 209
The First Draw Play
18 Bill Dudley 222
Pep Talk
Belled
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