Pigskin: The Early Years of Pro Football

Pigskin: The Early Years of Pro Football

by Robert W. Peterson
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Pigskin: The Early Years of Pro Football by Robert W. Peterson

In Pigskin, Robert W. Peterson presents a lively and informative overview of the early years of pro football -- from the late 1880s to the beginning of the television era. He describes the colorful beginnings of the pro game and profiles some of the most famous players.

After the NFL formed in 1920, pro football's popularity grew gradually but steadily. It burst into national prominence with the Chicago Bears-Washington Redskins championship game of 1940. As one sportswriter put it: "The weather was perfect. So were the Bears." The final score was 73-0. Peterson shows how, after World War II, the newly-created All-America Football Conference challenged the NFL, which never viewed the new teams as much of a threat. That is, not until 1950 when the two leagues merged. In the first game of the 1950 season, the Cleveland Browns, winner of all four AAFC titles, buried the 1949 NFL champion Philadelphia Eagles 35-10.

An elegy to a time when, for many players, the game was at least as important as the money it brought them, Pigskin takes readers up to the 1958 championship game when the Baltimore Colts beat the New York Giants in overtime. An estimated thirty million people saw the game on their grainy, black-and-white television screens and many of them became instant fans. Pro football had arrived as a major sport.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780195076073
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 12/05/1996
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.31(w) x 9.44(h) x 0.93(d)
Lexile: 1210L (what's this?)

About the Author

About the Author:
Robert W. Peterson, a college baseball and basketball player right after World War II, has been a magazine writer for 30 years. He has written two previous books on sports history: Only the Ball Was White, on the segregated black baseball leagues before Jackie Robinson, and Cages to Jump Shots: Pro Basketball's Early Years.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bought this for myself for Christmas, since I had a gift card laying around with a $50 balance. The writing is good and it flows well, follows a good chronological timeline. I'm about halfway thru now, but if the rest of the book is like the first, then I'm not disappointed. This is a great tale of the early years of pro football from 1880ish until late 50s. My complaints are, however - holy crap, 33 bucks for a paperback? What is this, a college textbook? I have no idea why so expensive, it's certainly nothing special. Another beef is the font size. Yeah, I'm getting old and need reading glasses, but jeez, this stuff is like size 8 font. Come on, man! Lastly, there's a section of photos in the middle. For $33, I'd kind of expect them to look better than if someone ran 100 copies of a black & white picture. Best bet - find a library copy.