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A PASSEL OF PRO FOOTBALL IMMORTALS RECALL THE EARLY DAYS OF THE GAME
Jeremiah Tax
December 17, 1984
Anybody who skips Richard Whittingham's What a Game They Played (Harper & Row, $15.95)—anybody who doesn't care to sit down with Red Grange, Johnny Blood, Sammy Baugh, Don Hutson and others like them and listen to their stories of the early days of pro football—just about has to be un-American. Whittingham turned on the tape recorder for 17 oldtime players and Wellington Mara—whose bookmaker father, Tim, paid either $500 or $2,500 for the New York Giants franchise—and the result is pure pleasure, nostalgic if you're an old crock yourself, instructive as well as entertaining if you're under 40. Between full chapters given over to each player's reminiscences, Whittingham has included short takes by other football greats—they're equally good.
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December 17, 1984

A Passel Of Pro Football Immortals Recall The Early Days Of The Game

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The price of franchises has gone up a bit since 1925, but these memories are already priceless.

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