That First Season: How Vince Lombardi Took the Worst Team in the NFL and Set it on the Path to Glory

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009 - Sports & Recreation - 292 pages
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On the 50th anniversary of Vince Lombardi's first season in Green Bay, an irresistible and little-known comeback story

In the late 1950s the once vaunted Green Bay Packers were a laughing stock. They hadn't fielded a winning team in more than a decade and were very nearly in jeopardy of losing their franchise to another city. The ultimate low came in 1958, when, with 7 future Hall of Famers on the team, they went a lousy 1-10-1 under a too-soft coach, Scooter McLean. They were desperately in need of a savior, and he arrived via wood-paneled station wagon in the dead of winter from New York City.

THAT FIRST SEASON chronicles Vince Lombardi's remarkable first year as head coach with the franchise he would reinvent and etch forever in football history. In a single year, as the grizzled coach who took no bull, he would transform a team of underachievers into winners and reignite a city known for its passion for its sport. Based on exhaustive new research and interviews, THAT FIRST SEASON is the seldom-studied prequel to a football career marked by greatness. Eisenberg pushes away the mist that surrounds the Lombardi legend to bring readers the real story of how the seeds of a football dynasty were sown. He also brings alive an incredible ensemble tale of a team, a town and their leader.

 

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I don't read too many sports history books... and when I do read one I always wonder why I don't read more. This easy read chronicles Vince Lombardi's first season as the Green Bay Packers head coach ... Read full review

That First Season: How Vince Lombardi Took the Worst Team in the NFL and Set It on the Path to Glory

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Lombardi arrived in Green Bay in 1959 to take over a desperate franchise. He led the Packers to their first winning season in 12 years with mostly the same personnel that was on hand when he arrived ... Read full review

Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
27
Section 3
48
Section 4
59
Section 5
80
Section 6
110
Section 7
116
Section 8
116
Section 11
118
Section 12
130
Section 13
149
Section 14
163
Section 15
217
Section 16
227
Section 17
267
Section 18
279

Section 9
116
Section 10
116

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JOHN EISENBERG was an award-winning sports columnist for the Baltimore Sun for two decades and is the author of Ten-Gallon War , That First Season , My Guy Barbaro (co-written with jockey Edgar Prado), and The Great Match Race . He has written for Smithsonian , Sports Illustrated , and Details , among other publications, and currently contributes to csnbaltimore.com and baltimoreravens.com.

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