Football's Last Iron Men: 1934, Yale vs. Princeton, and One Stunning Upset

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Football's Last Iron Men: 1934, Yale vs. Princeton, and One Stunning Upset

Format:  Paperback,

154 pages

Publisher: Univ of Nebraska Pr

Publish Date: Sep 2010

ISBN-13: 9780803234017

ISBN-10: 0803234015

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In November 1934, the Princeton football team--unbeaten in its last fifteen games--faced the 3-3 Yale Bulldogs, who gave new meaning to the term "underdogs." As much a thrilling play-by-play account of college football at its finest as it is a fascinating work of sports history, this book chronicles the season that brought Princeton and Yale together in a game like no other since. "Football's Last Iron Men" follows the teams from the hiring of future Hall of Fame coaches Fritz Crisler and Greasy Neale through spring practice to their annual clash on November 17. The Yale Elis, it seemed, had no chance. How those eleven players--who never left the game--stunned Princeton 7-0 is a chapter in football history. It was an era of 165-pound linemen, quarterbacks who called their own plays, and student athletes who earned no special treatment. But the story of Yale's Iron Men is also part of a larger history, for it took place during the Great Depression, when millions of struggling Americans found hope in the courage and grit of the team who wouldn't quit.

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Publisher: Univ of Nebraska Pr
Publish Date: Sep 2010
ISBN-13: 9780803234017
ISBN-10: 0803234015
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 154
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.45
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.52 x 0.34 x 8.6
Walmart No.: 9780803234017

Chapter outline

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgements
Introduction
In the Beginning
The Rules
Fritz Crisler
Greasy Neale
Spring 1934
Quarterbacks Class
Fall 1934
October 6
October 13
October 20
October 27
November 3
November 10
November 12-16
November 17, Pre-Game
November 17, First Quarter
November 17, Second Quarter
November 17, Halftime
November 17, Third Quarter
November 17, Fourth Quarter
November 17, Post-Game
November 24
The Rest of the Story

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Review by Library Journal (2010-08-01)

Macht here re-creates an Ivy League gridiron showdown of yore. While neither college has had much of a football presence for several decades, the undefeated Princeton Tigers had received National Championship recognition in 1933 and were working on a 15-game unbeaten streak when they met Yale in November 1934. The game is worth remembering for the result and for marking the last time in major college football that one team (Yale) used only 11 players ("iron men") for the full game.

Also of note are the team's Hall of Fame coaches, Fritz Crisler for Princeton and Greasy Neale, lead assistant at Yale. Macht interviewed most of the principal players over the past years and weaves together the story of both teams in a culmination that retells the game itself. Readers see how vastly different football was in an era of 165-pound linemen, quick kicks, few passes, and low scores. A final chapter reveals what the future held for these student athletes. Well written, this will be of interest to readers of football's past, rather than followers of today's NFL.

(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Book description

In November 1934, the Princeton football team—unbeaten in its last fifteen games—faced the 3–3 Yale Bulldogs, who gave new meaning to the term “underdogs.” As much a thrilling play-by-play account of college football at its finest as it is a fascinating work of sports history, this book chronicles the season that brought Princeton and Yale together in a game like no other since.
Football’s Last Iron Men follows the teams from the hiring of future Hall of Fame coaches Fritz Crisler and Greasy Neale through spring practice to their annual clash on November 17. The Yale Elis, it seemed, had no chance.

How those eleven players—who never left the game—stunned Princeton 7–0 is a chapter in football history. It was an era of 165-pound linemen, quarterbacks who called their own plays, and student athletes who earned no special treatment. But the story of Yale’s Iron Men is also part of a larger history, for it took place during the Great Depression, when millions of struggling Americans found hope in the courage and grit of the team who wouldn’t quit.

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