In 1925, the Pottsville Maroons, a football team from the heart of Pennsylvania coal country, joined the fledgling National Football League Built by an eccentric owner, molded by a visionary coach and loaded with hardscrabble miners, college All Americans and the sky s the limit ethos of the Roaring Twentys, the Maroons did the unthinkable and dominated the NFL in their rIn 1925, the Pottsville Maroons, a football team from the heart of Pennsylvania coal country, joined the fledgling National Football League Built by an eccentric owner, molded by a visionary coach and loaded with hardscrabble miners, college All Americans and the sky s the limit ethos of the Roaring Twentys, the Maroons did the unthinkable and dominated the NFL in their rookie season Their improbable rise was chronicled each week in the local paper by a rookie Pottsville sportswriter named John OOHara Little Pottsville outscored its first seven opponents 162 6 The boys so thoroughly pummeled one opponent, angry fans shot up their train car as the Maroons rode out of town In the final game of that first season the Maroons traveled to the Midwest to face the league leading Chicago Cardinals in what was viewed as the championship game for 1925 The Maroons overcame a Windy City snowstorm and an injury to their best player to defeat the Cardinals 21 7.But the fans wanted .College ball was still king And as news of PottsvilleOs success was splashed across the news reels and headlines throughout the country, a movement began to have the Maroons face a team of college All Stars from the University of Notre Dame, featuring the legendary Four Horsemen, the finest collection of talent the game had ever known Experts believed the NFL was still decades away from competing with college football But on a neutral field in Philadelphia, in a battle described as The Greatest Football Game Ever Seen, the Maroons shocked the world and turned the football establishment upside down, defeating Notre Dame 9 7 on a last second field goal by their captain Charlie Berry who had his kicking cleat bronzed for eternity.The championship was theirs The NFL was finally on the map The Maroons victory over Notre Dame had legitimized the league It also destroyed the town and the team that made it all possible.Claiming the upstart Maroons had violated the territory of another franchise by playing Notre Dame in Philadelphia, the NFL suspended Pottsville and awarded the 1925 NFL championship to the Chicago Cardinals The Cardinals refused to accept the bogus title and the 1925 crown was never officially awarded For than 80 years, fans of the Pottsville MaroonsNthe team Red Grange said was the greatest he ever facedNhave fought to have the 1925 title returned to its rightful owners.With Breaker Boys their remarkable story is told at last.
Breaker Boys The NFL s Greatest Team and the Stolen Championship In the Pottsville Maroons a football team from the heart of Pennsylvania coal country joined the fledgling National Football League Built by an eccentric owner molded by a visionary coach and
If you are an American football historian then this is a very good one If you are not you still will get some insight of the 1920 s small town versus big city mentality.
Loved the book from cover to cover Perfect for a pre football season read.
As a native of Minersville, I passed by what was Minersville Park, playing field of the Pottsville Maroons, thousands of times This book brings to light how the NFL came to be respected during it s founding years by the efforts of a few hardened men of our coal region It also makes painfully clear how, through shady NFL rule interpretation and the arrogance of egotism, the men of the Pottsville Maroons were robbed of their national NFL title I m not an apologist for what the Maroons owner did, b [...]
A fascinating look at the early workings of the National Football League, at a time when it was nothing than a loose federation of barnstorming semi pro teams This book features the missing 1925 championship of the Pottsville PA Maroons who have been forgotten over time but could have been the Green Bay Packers of the East , a small town team from with a fanatical fan base.This book describes the on field exploits that earned the Maroons the 1925 NFL Championship, and the underhanded backroom d [...]
The story of the 1925 Pottsville Maroons who were a dominant team in the fledgling NFL Considering I love football s ancient history, the book hit all the right notes though the author gets a bit too descriptive with his prose considering he never set foot in 1925 Pottsville a small mining town in Pennsylvania during its heyday Historically, it s tight but when the author tries to steer it into higher forms of non fiction, it becomes a made for TV movie which I m sure ESPN will make considering [...]
An amazing untold story about the Pottsville Maroons and early days of the NFL A must read for anyone interested in football or history I absolutely loved this book and after reading I wanted to write the NFL commissioner
Really like 3.5 stars Very interesting early history of the NFL You wouldn t need to be a football fan to find it interesting as it does a good job of portraying everyday life, the coal mining industry, and upcoming metropolitan areas in the 1920s.
This is a great book about the history of the NFL and one of the ongoing travesty s of justice in the early NFL The story is well researched and well written At times one may forget what they re reading is non fiction.
Great Read, it gives you the feel of how pigskin was in its early days was the time of iron men and iron wills The book shows the rise and fall of a franchise and the people that backed their team This is definitely a must read book for any football fan
This is the Pottsville, PA team just down the road from my wife s home town.
Interesting subject, even if the prose is a little overblown.
Great story with a decent analysis of the cultural history of America in the 20s
I learned so much about Schuylkill County and have a new found appreciation for where I grew up.
Excellent book about the Pottsville Pa Maroons and their record breaking year in the nascent NFL Fleming tells the history of this coal mining region and how a doctor of the town was able to gather a coach and players who were denied their rightful championship because of some miscommunications and the supposed breaking of a non written league rule Along with the development of the team, we learn lots of history about the beginning years of pro football and the NFL I especially enjoyed the many [...]
A fun interesting book on the Pottsville Maroons and the early NFL The language used seemed, at times, superfluous and overly flowery, but I later realized that a lot of it was direct quotes from the time early to mid Twenties and I believe their style of language at the time was superfluous and flowery All in all, it was a very enjoyable book and I learned a lot about a time and an NFL that I didn t know much about Very enlightening
Un tuffo nel passato, quando il football era roba per uomini veri, ma anche terra di nessuno dove i piu furbi avevano la meglio sui piu onesti.La storiografia ufficiale non ha gradito questo libro, n gradisce le ricorrenti campagne mediatiche per riportare ai Maroons il titolo del 1925 Questione di opinioni, ma non solo.Molto istruttivo e ben scritto Un piccolo gioiello, insomma, al di l delle personali convinzioni su chi abbia avuto ragione o meno.
A glimpse back into the wild early years of the NFL, the book details the unlikely rise of the Pottsville Maroons to the pinnacle of football greatness Innovative coaching combined with amazing talent and the die hard toughness of hard coal country made the Maroons one of the greatest teams to ever take the field This is a must read for those who love the game and sports history.
My favorite sports book.
Heartbreaking Made me want to visit Pottsville one day Maybe I will.