|Publisher:||Natl Book Network|
|Publish Date:||Oct 2009|
|Number of Pages:||258|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||1.17|
|Product in Inches (L x W x H):||6.3 x 1.0 x 9.0|
|John Brown||p. 11|
|Bob Mann||p. 31|
|Joe Perry||p. 51|
|Sherman Howard||p. 69|
|George Taliaferro||p. 89|
|Emerson Cole||p. 111|
|Charlie Powell||p. 131|
|Eddie Macon||p. 149|
|Harold Bradley||p. 169|
|Eddie Bell||p. 187|
|Henry Ford||p. 207|
|Bobby Watkins||p. 227|
Pro football was fully segregated from 1933 to 1945; the story of its integration is one of great significance-and not yet adequately addressed. Piascik (The Best Show in Football: The 1946-55 Cleveland Browns) interviewed a dozen black football players who played in the AAFC, the NFL, or the AFL between 1946 and 1961. The players ranged from Hall of Fame fullback Joe Perry and stars George Taliaferro and Bob Mann to lesser lights like Eddie Macon, Eddie Bell, Charlie Powell, and John Brown.
Of particular interest is Harold Bradley, a guard for the Browns and Eagles in the 1950s whose father, Harold Sr., played in the NFL in the 1920s before the color ban was enacted. The reminiscences cover the lives of these men both in and out of football. The stories they tell are humorous, disturbing, angry, sad, and uplifting. An involving and essential read for anyone interested in football.
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Piascik chronicles the lives of 12 second generation African Americans who graced the playing fields of professional football. The author presents each player's personal narrative which consists not only of his gridiron experiences but also of his upbringing, experiences in college and or the military and career after football. All the men profiled were born between 1920 and 1933, a period when segregation was the law in much of the land and the social reality almost everywhere.
During this period, the National Football League included teams from Akron and Canton, Redskins played in Boston and the Cardinals played in Chicago. Against this backdrop, Piascik presents a living history, taking an engaging, informative sojourn through a critical, sometimes forgotten, and often ignored part of the evolution of today's NFL. Well written and thoroughly researched this book will serve anyone interested in sports studies, sports history and sociology.
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