Red Grange and the Rise of Modern Football

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University of Illinois Press, Mar 1, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 265 pages
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Before the Super Bowl, before Monday Night Football, even before the NFL, there was Red Grange. Catapulted into the public eye in 1924 by scoring four touchdowns in twelve minutes for the University of Illinois, the "Galloping Ghost" went on to a trailblazing career as a professional player, star of Hollywood films, and broadcaster. He, Babe Ruth, and Jack Dempsey were among the nation's most heralded figures during the "golden age of sport" of the 1920s, and he was also on the cover of Sports Illustrated when that magazine did a special issue in 1991 on the greatest moments in sports.
John Carroll depicts the career of this soft-spoken pioneer who helped lift pro football about its reputation as "a dirty little business run by rogues and bargain-basement entrepreneurs." A reluctant celebrity and folk hero, Red Grange throughout his life symbolized older, more rural American values. He was an unpretentious self-made individual who made his mark in a society increasingly controlled by machines, vast corporations, and stifling bureaucracies. His story is an essential element in understanding football's central place in American culture.
  

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Carroll (Regents' Professor of History, Lamar Univ.) provides an excellent review of the life of Red Grange, the very mention of whom creates images of football; he is credited with being a major ... Read full review

Contents

An Odd Kind of Family
11
Football and the Emergence of Red Grange
25
Grange and the Golden Age of Sport
43
Football and Mass Society
59
A Media Frenzy
77
The Great Debate
97
The Grand Eastern Tour
107
Barnstorming Hollywood and the AFL
119
Down but Not Out
140
A Solid Pro Player
158
Finding a Niche
181
A Reluctant Hero
196
Red Grange in Perspective
211
Notes
219
Index
255
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John M. Carroll is Regents' Professor of History at Lamar University.

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