Gridiron Gauntlet

Gridiron Gauntlet

The Story of the Men Who Integrated Pro Football in Their Own Words

Book - 2009
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One year before Jackie Robinson broke the color line in major league baseball in 1947, four black players joined the Cleveland Browns and Los Angeles Rams to become the first professional football players of African-American descent in the modern era. While blacks had played on professional teams in the early days of pro football, none had joined a team since 1934. In this book twelve players who began their careers from 1946 to 1955 not only reminisce about the violence they faced on and off the field, the segregated hotels and restaurants, and general hostility that comes with being a trailblazer, but also of white players and coaches who assisted and supported them at various stages of their lives. Among the oral histories presented here are those of such Hall of Famers Bill Willis, Joe Perry, and George Taliaferro.
Published: Lanham, Md. : Taylor Trade Pub. : Distributed by National Book Network, c2009.
ISBN: 9781589794436
1589794435
9781589794429
1589794427
Branch Call Number: 796.3326 PIA
Characteristics: ix, 258 p. ;,24 cm.

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