Giants Among Men: How Robustelli, Huff, Gifford, and the Giants Made New York a Football Town and Changed the NFL

Giants Among Men How Robustelli Huff Gifford and the Giants Made New York a Football Town and Changed the NFL From the mid s to the early s when basketball s Boston Celtics were piecing together a run for the ages when Montreal s Canadiens were in the midst of notching a record setting five straight

  • Title: Giants Among Men: How Robustelli, Huff, Gifford, and the Giants Made New York a Football Town and Changed the NFL
  • Author: Jack Cavanaugh
  • ISBN: 9781400067176
  • Page: 273
  • Format: Hardcover
  • From the mid 1950s to the early 1960s, when basketball s Boston Celtics were piecing together a run for the ages, when Montreal s Canadiens were in the midst of notching a record setting five straight Stanley Cups, and when the New York Yankees were the once and future kings of the diamond, one team boosted the NFL to national prominence as none other the New York Giants.From the mid 1950s to the early 1960s, when basketball s Boston Celtics were piecing together a run for the ages, when Montreal s Canadiens were in the midst of notching a record setting five straight Stanley Cups, and when the New York Yankees were the once and future kings of the diamond, one team boosted the NFL to national prominence as none other the New York Giants In Giants Among Men, Jack Cavanaugh, the acclaimed author of Tunney, transports us to the NFL s golden age to introduce the close knit and diverse group that won the heart of a city, helped spread the gospel of pro football across the nation, and recast the NFL as a media colossus Central to Cavanaugh s narrative, and emblematic of the Giants bond with their followers, was a hard nosed future Hall of Fame defensive end named Andy Robustelli A World War II combat vet, a graduate of Arnold College, undersized and nearing age thirty, Robustelli nevertheless anchored a Giants defensive unit so ferocious that they were the first team to inspire crowds to chant Dee fense But Robustelli and the Giants were a hit on the gridiron, playing in six NFL Championship Games in eight seasons between 1956 and 1963, the most remarkable aspect of this team was perhaps its relationship to the fans These Giants were largely composed of ordinary joes who were equally at ease hobnobbing with Gleason and Sinatra at Toots Shor s as they were rubbing elbows with working class rooters on the IRT en route to Sunday games in the Bronx like many of their fans, nearly all Giants players worked second jobs off season to make ends meet But the Giants of this era didn t merely affect the fans relationship to the game they changed the game itself The team launched the careers of future head coaching geniuses Tom Landry and Vince Lombardi, as well as those of a galaxy of stars and future Hall of Famers including Frank Gifford, Sam Huff, Emlen Tunnell, Roosevelt Brown, Y A Tittle, Charlie Conerly, Rosie Grier, and Pat Summerall The Giants teams of this remarkable era were tagged with the soubriquet Mara Tech for the Mara family, who had owned the franchise since its inception due to the number of players and coaches who later found success in the boardroom, the broadcast booth, and behind the bench.Filled with historical and cultural insight and vivid portraits of larger than life characters and indispensable everymen, Giants Among Men transcends nostalgia and sports trivia to faithfully depict a watershed era for both football and the American nation Praise for Jack Cavanaugh s Tunney Impressively researched and richly detailed a long overdue portrait of a fascinating fighter Sports Illustrated A winning tale Jack Cavanaugh brings Tunney, Dempsey and the fight scene of the Roaring Twenties back to life Fort Worth Star Telegram A sprawling new biography The boxing scenes are spun gold The New York Times Filled with vivid characters from one of boxing s most glamorous eras, this tale goes fifteen rounds and delivers plenty of punch Kirkus Reviews starred review One of the primary elements to the greatness of this biography is Cavanaugh s ability to plumb the confusing depths of celebrity in America The Denver Post

    One thought on “Giants Among Men: How Robustelli, Huff, Gifford, and the Giants Made New York a Football Town and Changed the NFL”

    1. This book, a look at the Giants dynasty that helped popularize American football in the 1950s, was eerily similar to Summer of '49, a detailed look at the 1949 Yankees -- so much so that I checked to see if it was the same author (it isn't, that was written by David Halberstam). Both books give extremely detailed overviews of the games, the players, the times and the culture, and are written in a similarly authoritative and informed manner. Both books are also about favorite teams of mine, albei [...]

    2. Baseball is much more important to me, and has probably generated more, and more important books than football, both historical and fiction. That being said, this seems like an important book. Almost an obligation to read for a sports fan, and/or someone from the greater NYC metro area. Also comes recommended by a friendUpdate: Old fashioned sports book. Solid history of a great team at an important time for the NFL. Even the sports-impaired will recognize many of the players here, Mr. Kathie le [...]

    3. Jack Cavanaugh will never be mistaken for the likes of John Finestein, David Maraniss, or David Halberstam. Still, for a look at the NFL just prior to the hey days of the early-mid 60s, this is a fairly enjoyable read.

    4. If you're most interested in information on the 1956-58 Giants, you'd be better off reading "The Glory Game" by Frank Gifford. This book's real strength is the post 58-early 1960's era.

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