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Red Grange and the Rise of Modern Football (Sport and Society)

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Publisher Comments:

Before the Super Bowl, before "Monday Night Football, " even before the NFL, there was Red Grange. Catapulted into the public eye in 1924 by scoring four touchdowns in twelve minutes for the University of Illinois, the "Galloping Ghost" went on to a trailblazing career as a professional player, Hollywood football idol, and broadcaster. He ranked with Babe Ruth and Jack Dempsey in the 1920s as the most heralded figures in America's "golden age of sport, " and when Sports Illustrated did a special issue in 1991 on the greatest moments in sports, Grange was selected for the cover.<P>Grange's star rose in tandem with that of the sport itself. His spectacular performance as a college player coincided with football's evolution into a rallying point of university life, undergirded by post-World War I money, cars, roads, stadiums, and mass media. With a natural talent and down-home image that helped legitimize professional football, Grange became one of the first athlete-heroes and the first major sports figure to serve as a play-by-play broadcast commentator.<P>John Carroll depicts the career of this softspoken pioneer who helped lift pro football above its reputation as "a dirty little business run by rogues and bargain-basement entrepreneurs." A reluctant celebrity and folk hero, Red Grange stood throughout his life as a symbol of older, rural American values: an unpretentious self-made individual making a mark in a society increasingly controlled by machines, vast corporations, and stifling bureaucracies. His story is an essential element in understanding football's central place in American culture.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [219]-254) and index.

Table of Contents

An odd kind of family — Football and the emergence of Red Grange — Grange and the golden age of sport — Football and mass society — A media frenzy — The great debate — The grand eastern tour — Barnstorming, Hollywood, and the AFL — Down but not out — A solid pro player — Finding a niche — A reluctant hero.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780252023842
Author:
Carroll, John M.
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
Author:
Carroll, John M.
Location:
Urbana :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Sports - Football
Subject:
History
Subject:
Football
Subject:
Football - Professional
Subject:
Coaching
Subject:
Football players
Subject:
Football -- United States -- History.
Subject:
Football - General
Subject:
Football players -- United States.
Subject:
Biography-Sports
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Sport and Society
Publication Date:
19990531
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
296
Dimensions:
9.00 x 6.00 in

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Biography » Sports
Sports and Outdoors » Sports and Fitness » Football » General
Sports and Outdoors » Sports and Fitness » Sports General

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