The people's team An illustrated history of the Green Bay Packers

Mark Beech

Book - 2019

"The definitive, lavishly illustrated history of the Green Bay Packers, commemorating the centennial of the team"--

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Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2019.
Physical Description
xi, 397 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 28 cm
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Main Author
Mark Beech (author)
  • Two sides of the river
  • Curly and Cal
  • The heart of the city
  • Saved
  • A wide-open town
  • A first draft of history / by David S. Neft
  • Champions
  • From championships to receivership
  • Hutson
  • War, and a last hurrah
  • The earl of Hollywood
  • Up in flames
  • A monument to Titletown / by Austin Murphy
  • The not-so-fabulous 1950s
  • Daylight
  • Greater glory
  • A moment frozen in time / by Chuck Mercein
  • The lost generation
  • Resurrection
  • Reggie and a return to glory
  • A turnaround built on faith / by Peter King
  • Into the future
  • The people's team.
Review by Library Journal Review

Befitting this 13-time NFL champion's unique story and organization structure, this illustrated history of Wisconsin's Green Bay Packers celebrates the team's 100th anniversary in an exceptional manner. Written with great skill and attention to detail, the narrative provides extensive background on the town of Green Bay itself. While former Sports Illustrated editor Beech covers the team's on-field performance and profiles many of the Hall of Famers and other prominent players and coaches, he also relates stories of executive committee members along with local figures and fans who played noteworthy roles in the team's survival. The Packers are the only franchise publicly owned; as such, community issues are of strong significance and given emphasis in this essential, attractive team history. VERDICT The Packers have a national following and a history unlike any other. This beautiful book chronicles that legacy exceedingly well.

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An illustrated history of one of professional football's most storied franchises.On Sept. 14, 1919, the Green Bay Packers played their first game in front of approximately 1,500 people. The spectators were separated from the field by rope, and team co-founder George Whitney Calhoun passed a hat among them for donations. A century later, Forbes values the Packers at more than $2.5 billion, the team's stadium has a capacity of 81,441, and every home game since 1960 has sold out. In his second book, Beech (When Saturday Mattered Most: The Last Golden Season of Army Football, 2012), a senior editor at the Players' Tribune and a former writer for Sports Illustrated, convincingly argues that through lean times (one playoff appearance between 1972 and 1994) and glory years (13 league championships, including three straight from both 1929 to 1931 and 1965 to 1967), the people of Green Bay have provided financial and moral support to their beloved squad, the NFL's only publicly owned team. Biographical sketches of the team's most prominent figures enhance the narrative, as do many intriguing factoidse.g., devout Catholic and legendary coach Vince Lombardi disliked the philandering Curly Lambeau, the team's co-founder and stadium namesake, and Green Bay was the nation's leading producer of toilet paper, an industry that helped spare the city from the worst effects of the Great Depression. Beech fumbles only occasionally: He lists Super Bowl XLV between the Packers and the Pittsburgh Steelers as "Super Bowl XVL." Brett Favre's freshman year at Southern Mississippi University was 1987, not 1990. The author's assertion that the 1967 NFL championship game between the Packers and the Dallas Cowboys remains "the coldest game ever played" is debatable; the 1981 AFC championship game in Cincinnati represents the coldest temperature in NFL game history in terms of wind chill. But these are minor quibbles with an overall illuminating sports narrative.A must for Packers fan and a worthwhile read for football enthusiasts in general. Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

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