|Author:||Macht, Norman L. (Norman Lee)|
|Publisher:||Univ of Nebraska Pr|
|Publish Date:||Sep 2010|
|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|
|List of Illustrations|
|In the Beginning|
|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|
|The Rest of the Story|
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.
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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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