When It Was Just a Game: Remembering the First Super Bowl

Harvey Frommer. Taylor Trade, $29.95 (312p) ISBN 978-1-5897-9920-2
As the Super Bowl nears its 50th birthday, Frommer (Five O’Clock Lightning), a veteran sports writer, expertly takes readers behind the scenes of the historic first game between the Green Bay Packers and Kansas City Chiefs on January 15, 1967. Using a slew of oral interviews from players, coaches, and league officials, Frommer demonstrates how the veteran NFL and the fledgling American Football League imposed their will on American sports and fought to dethrone baseball as the national pastime. Frommer’s well-researched account tells how the controversial merger of the two leagues, under Commissioner Pete Rozelle’s stewardship, developed American football from 14 NFL teams in 1965 to a combined 24 teams in 1966. Frommer also highlights the eccentric character of the opposing coaches, the tough Packers head Vince Lombardi and the strutting Hank Stram, as they piloted their teams, the bigger Chiefs against the more experienced Packers, to a 35-10 victory for the latter. This complete overview of the mythic first Super Bowl is a win for all football fans. (Sept.)
Reviewed on: 08/24/2015
Release date: 09/01/2015
Genre: Nonfiction
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