Cotton Bowl Days: Growing Up with Dallas and the Cowboys in the 1960s

John Eisenberg, Author Simon & Schuster $24 (304p) ISBN 978-0-684-83120-6
A look at a boy, a team and a city, this portrait by Baltimore Sun sports columnist Eisenberg will strike a chord in those who grew up as sports-obsessed hero-worshipers. Raised in Dallas, Eisenberg dates his awareness of sports to 1960, when he was four and the Cowboys were playing their first dismal season, going 0-11-1. The team did not have a winning year until 1966, so, in a sense, the boy and the Cowboys grew up together, coming of age as local residents backed the team as a positive force in eradicating the image their city had acquired after the Kennedy assassination. In some ways reminiscent of The Boys of Summer, Eisenberg's book succeeds because of his interviews with such stars of the 1960s and early '70s as Don Perkins, Herb Adderley and Bob Lilly and because of his growing awareness of the realities of Dallas football history--the undisguised racism, the wretched salaries, the icy exterior of coach Tom Landry--all of which had escaped him as a youngster. But the period also had its pluses, above all the closeness of players and fans, an element long gone from the pro sport. A fine book on the early years of Dallas football. (Sept.)
Reviewed on: 09/01/1997
Release date: 09/01/1997
X
Stay ahead with
Tip Sheet!
Free newsletter: the hottest new books, features and more
X
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
X
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
X
Email Address

Password

Log In Lost Password

PW has integrated its print and digital subscriptions, offering exciting new benefits to subscribers, who are now entitled to both the print edition and the digital editions of PW (online or via our app). For instructions on how to set up your accout for digital access, click here. For more information, click here.

The part of the site you are trying to access is now available to subscribers only. Subscribers: to set up your digital subscription with the new system (if you have not done so already), click here. To subscribe, click here.

Email pw@pubservice.com with questions.

Not Registered? Click here.