Yesterday and Today: Green Bay Packers

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As you'll discover when you read Green Bay Packers: Yesterday & Today, the history of this fabled franchise began on a hot August night in 1919. That's when sportswriter George Calhoun and local star athlete Curly Lambeau met at a pub to discuss starting a pro football team in the small Wisconsin town of Green Bay. Today, the Packers are a cornerstone of the NFL and one of the most recognizable sports teams in the world.

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As you'll discover when you read Green Bay Packers: Yesterday & Today, the history of this fabled franchise began on a hot August night in 1919. That's when sportswriter George Calhoun and local star athlete Curly Lambeau met at a pub to discuss starting a pro football team in the small Wisconsin town of Green Bay. Today, the Packers are a cornerstone of the NFL and one of the most recognizable sports teams in the world.

From the shrine known as Lambeau Field to landmark moments to generations of players-highlighted by the likes of Cal Hubbard, Don Hutson, Arnie Herber, Ray Nitschke, Bart Starr, Paul Hornung, Herb Adderley, Sterling Sharpe, Reggie White, Brett Favre, and Donald Driver-Green Bay Packers: Yesterday & Today is the ultimate Packers chronicle.

Richly detailed and lavishly illustrated with photos, memorabilia, and clippings from the Green Bay Press-Gazette, this book starts by describing an era when a small Midwestern city with mettle and a little luck could create a championship-caliber team. It tells how an Easterner-Vince Lombardi-brought a ruthless work ethic and a singular personality to the Packers' golden age of the 1950s and 1960s. How Lombardi's handpicked successor, Phil Bengtson, and then Starr and Dan Devine couldn't duplicate the legendary coach's success on the sideline. And how coach Mike Holmgren and Favre returned the Super Bowl trophy to Titletown in the 1990s.

In Green Bay Packers: Yesterday & Today, you'll read about:

? The "Ice Bowl" of 1967, when 50,000 Packers faithful braved a -13-degree temperature to watch their team beat the Cowboys for the NFL title, setting up Green Bay's second Super Bowl championship two weeks later
? Don Majkowski, who for three seasons was the swaggering, rakish embodiement of what an NFL quaterback should be
? Some of the tragedy surrounding the team, such as the untimely death of White
? The curious and contentious departure of Favre, who retired as a Packer but then "unretired" to play for the Jets and the Vikings
? The attempts of current players-such as Favre's successor at quarterback, Aaron Rodgers-to return the franchise to glory

These are just some of the hundreds of people, stories, and events that are chronicled in Green Bay Packers: Yesterday & Today, a must-have for any fan of football.
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What People Are Saying

Michael Hunt
From the marvelous photos alone, this beautiful book confirms what I've been telling everyone outside of Wisconsin for years: Nowhere in the world is quite like Green Bay, and certainly no team is like the Packers. (Michael Hunt, sports columnist, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
Jeff Maillet
Chuck Carlson's meticulously detailed account is packed with insider information on the NFL's most storied franchise. The fabulous images and paraphernalia capture the spirit of the Green and Gold. 'Green Bay Packers: Yesterday and Today' is a Packers fan's nirvana. (Jeff Maillet, editor of Packer Plus Magazine)
Bill Windler
Well-researched and written by Chuck Carlson, 'Green Bay Packers: Yesterday & Today' is organized in bite-sized segments and beautifully illustrated. Fascinating nuggets from throughout the team's history are blended with mandatory lore that separates legend from fact. The foreword by Jerry Kramer is, as you would expect from the team's most literary lineman, a delightful bonus. What pushes this collection into the must-read category are the pages of Packers paraphernalia, some familiar but many rare enough to warrant a double-take. Face it, it's difficult not to want to get a second look at the puncture hole created when a metal tower fell on Ray Nitschke's helmet. (Bill Windler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel senior sports editor)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412761161
  • Publisher: West Side Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/28/2009
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 9.80 (w) x 11.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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