He placed his team in dallas, called them the texans, and invited other young entrepreneurs to join him. The wild tenyear saga of the renegade american football league in the words of those who lived by. The seven men who did called themselves members of the foolish club. The american football leagues foolish club history. What is the best book about the history of american football. Remember the afl features an unprecedented seasonbyseason, teambyteam history of the league that lasted from 1960 to 1969. A century of pro football 01 by national football league, rob fleder, roy blount isbn. Crepeau is a professor of history at the university of central florida and former president of the north american society for sports history. This gem of a book is an excellent cultural document of sports and deserves. Through indepth research, dozens of player interviews, and hundreds of photos, including many classic football cards, this book brings that unique era in professional football to life. Although it explicitly claims not to be a history of the nasl, and its right. Discover delightful childrens books with prime book box, a subscription that delivers. Its a bit thin on the leagues first 20 years, but is pretty comprehensive starting with the formation of the rival aafc in 1946. The picture history of the american football league.
None of the other leagues came close to doing this. This being the case, i expected this book to talk in depth about the league formation and its battles the nfl that culminated in the merger in 1970. Ii fighter ace as commissioner, the american football league afl debuted in the fall of 1960 to challenge the monopoly of the wellestablished national football league. The american football league a yearbyyear history, 19601969. If the item contains the note nr, i havent read the book, but it has afl content. Apfa, american professional football association, nfl. Filled up expanded version was called the classic of american football writing, and a book that deserves a.
Formed in 2009, the federation oversees the slovene league, the slovene bowl and the national selections. The american football league is the only pro football league to bend the nfl to its will. The following is a partial list of american football leagueoriented books. New book tells story of hbcu legends of the american. Wearing borrowed uniforms, practicing on obscure college campuses, and led by a former marine corps w. A game by game history of the michiganohio state football rivalry, 18971980 by. Discover delightful childrens books with prime book box, a subscription that.
Unable to buy into an existing team and rebuffed by national football league owners who had no desire to expand, 27yearold lamar hunt, the son of texas billionaire h. The american football league afl was a major professional american football league that operated for ten seasons from 1960 until 1969, when it merged with the older national football league nfl, and became the american football conference. The american football league a yearbyyear history, 19601969 ed gruver. In the course of time this game has become historical and in a book on the history of harvard athletics, a painstaking author went to a great deal. It is the story of racism and redemption, doctored balls and labor strikes. The history of the american and national league, part i. A yearbyyear history, 19601969 by ed gruver sportswriter ed gruver came out with his study on the afl in 1997. Upstart league and its players forced nfl to evolve the game and eventually merge. An authorized visual history of americas most popular sport. The slovene american football association is the governing body of the sport of american football in slovenia. A century of pro football national football league.1458 36 1254 1397 967 300 622 564 590 138 1369 1385 1061 872 763 1175 957 651 122 1419 1426 171 1077 190 1482 761 1454 694 340 403 11 690 1466 991 150 1481 524 1129