Lost Champions: Four Men, Two Teams, and the Breaking of Pro Football's Color Line
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|Number of Pages||:||288 Pages|
I'm a published writer (baseball and football) so I know the hard job it is to find out the facts and then get it down on paper Gretchen Atwood has really done her homework. I'm a published writer (baseball and football) so I know the hard job it is to find out the facts and then get it down on paper and make a story interesting and Atwood did a great job not only about the first blacks to break the colo
"Overlap between racial issues and the NFL has been part of the sport since its early days, as shown by Gretchen Atwood’s superb book Lost Champions Unabashed in her adoration of the sport, the author has a better grasp of football tactics than many network announcers." - Wall Street Journal
Four men broke pro football's color line in 1946, Kenny Washington and Woody Strode with the Los Angeles Rams and Bill Willis and Marion Motley with the Cleveland Browns. Many know the story of Jackie Robinson integrating major league baseball in 1947. Finally, Lost Champions explains why these men and their stories have for so long languished in the shadow of Jackie Robinson, and why they too deserve widespread acclaim for integrating what is arguably the most popular sport in America.. But few know that the NFL integrated a year earlier, when Kenny Washington stepped on the field for the Los Angeles Rams. The four players faced animosity and death threats for their role in integration while they and all black Americans were threatened in 1946 by a spike in lynchings, threat of legal expulsion from their own homes, and segregation all the way down to the simple act of going to an amusement park for a bit of relaxation. Lost Champions traces this history from the early 1930s--when NFL owners first instituted a ban on black players--through pro football's re-integration, to the 1950 NFL Championship Game, which pitted the Rams and Browns against each other in a showdown of the most prolific and advanced offenses pro football had ever seen.But the battle wasn't just waged on the gridiron. He wasn't the only one. L
She lives in San Francisco. Gretchen Atwood is a former sports journalist with a passion for football, civil rights and American history.