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The First Star: Red Grange and the Barnstorming Tour That Launched the NFL by Lars Anderson - Paperback - 2009 - from Bookmarc's (SKU: EC35977BB)

The First Star: Red Grange and the Barnstorming Tour That Launched the NFL

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The First Star: Red Grange and the Barnstorming Tour That Launched the NFL

by Lars Anderson

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  • Paperback
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Very Good/No Jacket as Issued
ISBN 10
1400067294
ISBN 13
9781400067299
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New York: Random House, 2009. S3 - An advance uncorrected proof paperback book in very good condition that has tiny patch chipped on the front top right corner, some light discoloration and shelf wear. A gripping, close-up account of the one of the defining moments in the history of the NFL, for all football fans and for readers of historical sports books like JOHNNY U. 9"x6", 238 pages. Satisfaction Guaranteed.. Paperback. Very Good/No Jacket as Issued. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Advance Reading Copy (ARC).

Synopsis

In The First Star, acclaimed sports writer Lars Anderson recounts the thrilling story of Harold "Red" Grange, the Galloping Ghost of the gridiron, and the wild barnstorming tour that earned professional football a place in the American sporting firmament.Red Grange's on-field exploits at the University of Illinois, so vividly depicted in print by the likes of Grantland Rice and Damon Runyan, had already earned him a stature equal to that of Babe Ruth, Jack Dempsey, and other titans of American sports' golden age. Then, in November 1925, Grange made the fateful decision to parlay his fame in pro ball, at the time regarded as inferior to the "purer" college game. Grange signed on with the dapper theater impresario and promoter C. C. Pyle, who had courted him with the promise of instant wealth and fame. Teaming with George Halas, the hard-nosed entrepreneurial boss of the cash-strapped Chicago Bears NFL franchise, Pyle and Grange crafted an audacious plan: a series of seventeen matches against pro teams and college "all-star" squads--an entire season's worth of games crammed into six punishing weeks that would forever change sports in America. With an unerring eye, Anderson evocatively captures the full scope of this frenetic Jazz Age spectacle. Night after night, the Bears squared off against a galaxy of legends--Jim Thorpe, George "Wildcat" Wilson, the "Four Horsemen of Notre Dame": Stuhldreher, Crowley, Miller, and Layden--while entertaining immense crowds. Grange's name alone could cause makeshift stadiums to rise overnight, as occurred in Coral Gables, Florida, for a Bears game against a squad of college stars. Facing constant physical punishment and nonstop attention from autograph hounds, gamblers, showgirls, and headhunting defensive backs, Grange nevertheless thrilled audiences with epic scoring runs and late-game heroics. Grange's tour alone did not account for the rise of the NFL, but in bringing star power to fans nationwide, Grange set the pro game on a course for dominance. A real-life story chock-full of timeless athletic feats and overnight fortunes, of speakeasies and public spectacles, The First Star is both an engrossing sports yarn and a meticulous cultural narrative of America in the age of Gatsby.From the Hardcover edition.

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Seller Inventory #
EC35977BB
Title
The First Star: Red Grange and the Barnstorming Tour That Launched the NFL
Author
Lars Anderson
Format/binding
Paperback
Book condition
Used - Very Good
Jacket condition
No Jacket as Issued
Binding
Paperback
ISBN 10
1400067294
ISBN 13
9781400067299
Publisher
Random House
Place of Publication
New York
Date published
2009
Keywords
SPORTS FOOTBALL HISTORY ADVANCE UNCORRECTED PROOF ARC
Bookseller catalogs
Sports; Sports / Football, US; Sports / History of Sport;
Size
8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall

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