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Leather Helmets - the early days of football

 2 3/4" x 2 1/8"
74 pages

Before it was America’s Game, it was humanity’s game. Its history starts before anyone was there to record it, in many countries before anything was even remembered. There hasn't been a human child born who, when he or she sees a ball, doesn't want to kick it.

This little book is about the game of American football before Big Programs, Big Money, Big Sponsors, Big Salaries, Big Stadiums, or even helmets. It evolved from rugby and soccer, and the influence of those two games fought for supremacy in football’s early Ivy-League days. After rugby’s style triumphed and the  players got rough, football was banned by many colleges and relegated to the boys of the elite eastern prep schools, who wanted to continue playing the game when they got to Yale or Princeton.

All this and much more: Walter Camp (the father of football), Jim Thorpe (the greatest athlete), Knute Rockne, Amos Alonzo Stagg, cheerleaders (the first ones were male), football in ancient chine and Rome, the Four Horsemen and Grantland Rice. . . There's more to football than today's superstars. Learn a little of its history!
The book is printed and bound in Mohawk Superfine, with a dust jacket.

This product was added to our catalog  March 20, 2014