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бесплатно, без регистрации и без смс. If the National Football League is now a mammoth billion-dollar enterprise, it was certainly born into more humble circumstances

бесплатно, без регистрации и без смс. If the National Football League is now a mammoth billion-dollar enterprise, it was certainly born into more humble circumstances. Indeed, it began in 1920 in an automobile showroom in Canton, Ohio, when a car dealer called together some owners of teams, mostly in the Midwest, to form a league. Unlike the lavish boardrooms in which NFL owners meet today, on this occasion the owners sat on the running boards of cars in the showroom and drank beer from buckets.

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. Peterson describes the colorful beginnings of the pro game and its outstanding teams (the Green Bay Packers, the New York. Peterson describes the colorful beginnings of the pro game and its outstanding teams (the Green Bay Packers, the New York Giants, the Chicago Bears, the Baltimore Colts), and the great games they played.

The Early History of Professional Football

The Early History of Professional Football. Veteran magazine writer and author of two previous books on sports history, Only the Ball Was White and Cages to Jump Shots: Pro Basketball's Early Years, Peterson weaves oral history, analysis and anecdote into a play-by-play history of the game from 1920 to the 1958 championship contest between the Baltimore Colts and the New York Giants.

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Profiles of the m In Pigskin, Robert W. Peterson presents a lively and informative overview of the early years of pro football - from the late 1880s to the television era. Peterson presents a lively and informative overview of the early years of pro football-from the late 1880s to. .This book is about professional football long before Super Bowls, Monday Night Football, and megabuck contracts for players.

Robert W. Peterson (1925 Warren, Pennsylvania –February 11, 2006) was an.Pigskin: The Early Years of Pro Football (Oxford University Press, 1997). Peterson (1925 Warren, Pennsylvania –February 11, 2006) was an American newspaper writer who later became a freelance author of magazine articles and books, especially on the topics of sports and Scouting. Peterson's book, The Boy Scouts: An American Adventure, was written in 1984 on the eve of the 75th anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA).

Fascinating book about the early history of Pro Football. com User, January 2, 2008. This was a book that surprised me when I read it because it has so much great information about the early days of pro football. The struggles of football at the professional level to become a "respected" game was one of the surprises in the book along with the fact that, for example, the "draw play" that is used today was discovered completely by accident years ago (read the book to find out why). Solid Pro Football History

If the National Football League is now a mammoth billion-dollar enterprise, it was certainly born into more humble circumstances. Indeed, it began in 1920 in an automobile showroom in Canton, Ohio, when a car dealer called together some owners of teams, mostly in the Midwest, to form a league. Unlike the lavish boardrooms in which NFL owners meet today, on this occasion the owners sat on the running boards of cars in the showroom and drank beer from buckets. A membership fee of $100 was set, but no one came up with any money. (As one of those present, George Halas, the legendary owner of the Chicago Bears, said, "I doubt that there was a hundred bucks in the room.") From such modest beginnings, pro football became far and away the most popular spectator sport in America. 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. Peterson describes the colorful beginnings of the pro game and its outstanding teams (the Green Bay Packers, the New York Giants, the Chicago Bears, the Baltimore Colts), and the great games they played. Profiles of the most famous players of the era--including Pudge Heffelfinger (the first certifiable professional), Jim Thorpe, Red Grange, Bronko Nagurski, and Fritz Pollard (the NFL's first black star)--bring the history of the game to life. Peterson also takes us back to the roots of the pro game, showing how professionalism began when some stars for Yale, Harvard, and Princeton took money--under the table, of course--for their services to alma mater. By 1895, the money makers--still unacknowledged--had moved to amateur athletic associations in western Pennsylvania and subsequently into Ohio. After the NFL formed in 1920, pro football's popularity grew gradually but steadily. It burst into national prominence with the Bears-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. Though dominated by a gritty Cleveland team, the AAFC was never viewed by NFL teams as much of a threat. That is, not until 1950 when the two leagues merged, bringing about the Cleveland Browns-Philadelphia Eagles game in which the Browns buried the 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 (which wasn't much), Pigskin takes readers up to the 1958 championship game when the Baltimore Colts beat the New York Giants in overtime. By that time, the great popularity of the game had moved from newspapers and radio to television, and pro football had finally arrived as a major sport.

Comments: (7)

Fenius
I knew a little something about the beginnings of pro football, mainly because of the mythology surrounding George Halas, original member, owner and long-time coach of the Chicago Bears. While some of that story is indeed true (peppered with the usual embellishments surrounding a legend like Halas) it is not the complete story.

Professional football started about twenty years before the NFL was begun in 1920. This book a fascinating account of how professional football had its roots in the college game, how it began in Pennsylvania and Ohio (one of the first towns in Ohio to have a pro team was Canton, the present site of the Professional Football Hall Of Fame), which led to the foundations of the modern game.

Anyone with an interest in sports history and people who played it and organized it, will enjoy this book. From Pudge Heffelfinger (who some consider the first professional football player) to Jim Thorpe and many others, the authors tell the narrative of the very beginnings of the pro game until the organization of the 'major league' of professional football, the NFL.

Recommended!
Vispel
I needed an accurate early history of gridiron football. Information readily available on the Internet didn't cite sources or just made things up to make the home team look better. This book went out of its way to have a full index of references and dated when interviews were taken. This was an entertaining read that went deep into how the college game affected the pro game as we know it today.

Keep in mind the publication date of this book. Some of the statistics are dated (such as highest paid player currently in the NFL and all time leading scorer).
Jesmi
Pigskin is a history of professional football from its origins in the late 1800's through the 1950's. It details the state of professional football early in the century when football was really dominated by colleges, particularly the Ivy League schools. At that time professional football was more like semi-pro ball, and was relatively disorganized with club teams going on barnstorming tours. The book does a good job of chronicling how professional football evolved, becoming more and more organized and structured over time up to the creation of a professional league with Jim Thorpe, the most famous athlete of the time, as president and player. Once World War II came about professional football, while not in its heyday, was finally taking over college football in fan interest but the war was rough on professional sports as many of the greatest athletes went into the service. After the war football continued to grow in fan interest and really hit it big with the invention of television. "The Greatest Game Ever Played" - the 1958 overtime championship game where the Baltimore Colts defeated the New York Giants 23-17, which was televised and watched by millions, launched the NFL into the mainstream and it hasn't slowed down since.

Overall this book has a lot of good information and is well organized. The drawback is that the writing style is not very exiting so it makes this monograph a bit on the boring side. For those only mildly interested in the history of professional football, I would not recommend it.
RuTGamer
Many football fans, like myself, are a lover of the sport but don't know the evolution of the game or why it has endured. This is a must read if you are truely a fan!
Phain
Essential history for understanding the evolution of the NFL and AFL.
Yar
A well written collection of reminiscences about the early days of US professional football, focusing on the 1940s and 1950s. Unfortunately, few of the reproduced photos are anything more than black boxes with captions! Once the publisher learns how to print illustrations and photographs that are recognizable, this will become a very good read!
*Nameless*
What was expected.
I wish the author had explained how the early pro teams conducted the player draft, or how they found players.
Pigskin: The Early Years of Pro Football download epub
Humanities
Author: Robert W. Peterson
ISBN: 0195119134
Category: Other
Subcategory: Humanities
Language: English
Publisher: Oxford University Press; Reprint edition (October 30, 1997)
Pages: 256 pages