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The Little League That Could : A History of the American Football League
by Ken Rappoport


Overview - Wearing borrowed uniforms, practicing on obscure college campuses, and led by a former Marine Corps W.W. II fighter ace as commissioner, the American Football League (AFL) debuted in the Fall of 1960 to challenge the monopoly of the well-established National Football League.  Read more...

 
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Overview
Wearing borrowed uniforms, practicing on obscure college campuses, and led by a former Marine Corps W.W. II fighter ace as commissioner, the American Football League (AFL) debuted in the Fall of 1960 to challenge the monopoly of the well-established National Football League. Within ten years it had won two Super Bowls and had forced a merger with its rival, splitting the NFL into the National and American Football Conferences. Here Rappoport recounts the startling success of an upstart league that prevailed against long odds.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781589794627
  • ISBN-10: 1589794621
  • Publisher: Taylor Trade Publishing
  • Publish Date: September 2010
  • Page Count: 211
  • Dimensions: 9.26 x 6.24 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.05 pounds


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Books > Sports & Recreation > History
Books > Sports & Recreation > Football - General

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2010-11-29
  • Reviewer: Staff

Rappoport (Miracles, Shockers, and Long Shots) examines the American Football League's debut in 1960 and its unlikely decade-long rise to challenge the National Football League's monopoly, but struggles to form a cohesive narrative around his David and Goliath tale. Within a decade, the combined league, which now included the Dallas Texans, Denver Broncos, and Oakland Raiders, had won two Super Bowls and forced a merger, in 1966, leading to the creation of the NFL's current two-conference system. As Rappoport (Gridiron Glory, with Barry Wilner) recounts, the AFL was a pioneer of the modern game, introducing the use of film study, and possessed a colorful cast of characters, like Billy Cannon, and owners (dubbed the "Foolish Club"). Rappoport clearly reveres his subject, but fan-boy tangents ("Dawson was the AFL's player of the year in 1962... and, by the way, took the Texans to the championship"), a tendency toward hyperbole and conversational language, and an embrace of clichés detract from a genuinely interesting (particularly to sports fans) historical tale. (Sept.)

 
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