Pro Football Championships Before the Super Bowl: A Year-by-Year History, 1926-1965

Pro Football Championships Before the Super Bowl: A Year-by-Year History, 1926-1965

by Joseph S. Page

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Overview

While the Super Bowl has become a worldwide cultural event, the annual league championship games had a long history even before the first Super Bowl in January, 1967. From the first American Football League's attempt to settle the league title on the gridiron in 1926 to the separate NFL and AFL championships of the 1965 season, this history offers a narrative of each game, including line-ups, box scores and team statistics.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786448098
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 12/10/2010
Pages: 232
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Joseph S. Page is an organizational development consultant in Nashville, Tennessee. His other works include biographies of former heavyweight boxing champion Primo Carnera and boxing’s first world middleweight champion Nonpareil Jack Dempsey.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments viii

Introduction 1

1926 AFL - The First Championship Games 3

1926 AFL - The NFL Challenge 9

1932 NFL - In from the Snow and the Cold 13

1933 NFL - Number One 22

1934 NFL - MVP: Abe Cohen 28

1935 NFL - The Lions Roar 32

1936 NFL - The First Neutral Site 35

1937 NFL - Enter Sammy Baugh 40

1938 NFL - The Gridiron Sport at Its Primitive Best 44

1939 NFL - Curley's Perfect Packers 49

1940 NFL - The Wrath of the Bears 53

1941 NFL - Storm Clouds on the Horizon 59

1942 NFL - The Redskins' Revenge 63

1943 NFL - Bronko's Back! 67

1944 NFL - A Hidden Jewel 71

1945 NFL - Of Cold and Crossbars 75

1946 AAFC - The Browns Take Center Stage 80

1946 NFL - A Dark Day in Gotham 83

1947 AAFC - The Browns Repeat 89

1947 NFL - This One's for Charlie 92

1948 AAFC - Perfect 96

1948 NFL - Snowbirds 99

1949 AAFC - Four for Four! 104

1949 NFL - Are You Sure This Isn't Seattle? 108

1950 NFL - Look, Elmer, We've Got a Ball! 111

1951 NFL - How to Stop a Freight Train? 119

1952 NFL - The Lions' Texas Connections 124

1953 NFL - The Lions Repeat 128

1954 NFL - Goodbye, Otto 133

1955 NFL - Goodbye, Otto...Again 137

1956 NFL - Gene Filipski's Giant Day 141

1957 NFL - A Long Day in Detroit 145

1958 NFL - Sudden Death 149

1959 NFL - A Brilliant Duel in Baltimore 157

1960 AFL - The George Blanda Show 160

1960 NFL - Swan Song for the Dutchman 164

1961 AFL - Blanda Bowl II 168

1961 NFL - The Pack Is Back 171

1962 AFL - Sudden Death II 175

1962 NFL - One That Got Away: Tales of the Wind and Jimmy Taylor 180

1963 AFL - Keith Lincoln's Big Day 184

1963 NFL - One More for Papa Bear 188

1964 AFL - Jack Kemp's Revenge 194

1964 NFL - Ambush by the Lake 199

1965 AFL - Trampled by a Thundering Herd 203

1965 NFL - A Win for the Walking Wounded 206

Professional Football Champions Prior to the 1933 Title Game 209

Chapter Notes 211

Bibliography 217

Index 219

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