Item description for Breaker Boys: The NFL's Greatest Team and the Stolen 1925 Championship by David Fleming...
Overview Chronicles the story of the Pottsville Maroons, a semipro football team that in 1925 joined the National Football League, defeated the first place Chicago Cardinals near the end of their first season, and later had their NFL championship rescinded and awarded to the Cardinals.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.1" Width: 6.2" Height: 1.2" Weight: 1.35 lbs.
Release Date Oct 9, 2007
ISBN 1933060352 ISBN13 9781933060354
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More About David Fleming
David Fleming is a senior writer for ESPN The Magazine and a columnist for ESPN.com's Page 2. Before joining ESPN, he covered the NFL for six seasons as a staff writer at Sports Illustrated. He is also the author of the memoir Noab's Rainbow: A Father's Emotional Journey From the Death of His Son to the Birth of His Daughter. He and his wife, Kim, live in Davidson, North Carolina, with their children.
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The Maroons Get Their Due! Jun 26, 2008
I grew up in the Anthracite Coal Region of eastern Pennsylvania (Mount Carmel) and remember my Dad speaking of the Pottsville Maroons on several occasions. I didn't give the team much creedence, after all they seemed to be nothing more than a forgotten footnote in NFL history that generated some local pride. The team had never been the subject of any literary work, just the subject of a few short articles over the years in the local Pennsylvania newspapers. Now David Fleming breaths life into the Maroons and brings them out of the shadows. This book is great! Not only does Mr. Fleming tell the dynamic story of a deserving team that was wronged, but he also presents a vivid depiction of the Anthracite Coal Region during the roaring Twenties. Fleming's description of Pottsville's heyday is hard to imagine given the state of the decay the town is in now as are most other Coal Region towns including Mount Carmel. The main characters in the Maroon's story are brought to life and by the time you turn the last page you'll be drafting a letter to the current NFL Commissioner demanding that the Maroons be re-instated as 1925 NFL Champions.
Great Book! May 22, 2008
The book, "The Breaker Boys" is one of the best sports books that i have ever read. It takes you through the Pottsville Maroons 1925 season where they were cheated out of the NFL championship. The book gives you a historical background of the maroons football franchise of the 1920's and how much the maroons brought together the city of Pottsville. This book is a must read for any sports fan with it's interesting historical evidence of one of the greatest shames in the history of the NFL.
Great Book! Mar 7, 2008
I loved everything about this book. Nice concise chapters, lots of interesting tidbits about the 20's, very well researched, I felt like I was in the coal mines, the Pottsville stadium, the bar sitting around the radio listening to the championship game. Would be an awesome movie. The characters really are all great, from the 'Howitzer' to the Four Horsemen to the evil "old money white men" owners of the big-city NFL teams. Have I mentioned the word "great?" Ha ha. Seriously, worth a read.
A Great Injustice Mar 1, 2008
The 1925 Pottsville Maroons, greatest team in NFL history? It is too difficult to compare teams across the decades as the game has changed so much. I have to admit that the book presents enough information to convince me that the Maroons were the best team on 1925, and they were robbed of the NFL Championship title.
The book tells the story of Dr. Streigel, and how he built a powerhouse team. Once Striegel was allowed to enter the fledgling NFL, he used his money and clout to gather some of the decades great fooball players. He manage to get college and homegrown players to bond as a team.
Unfortunately, Striegel did not make many friends in amongst the NFL Onwers. This did not help when controvery arose when the Maroons played a non-league game against the Notre Dame All-Stars. The game wasn't sanction by the league and was also played in the Frankford Yellowjackets territory.
It is a great story of football with a bittersweet ending. If only some threats were taken seriously, or the powers that be had a chance to cool off and think through what was happening. Hopefully this book will raise interest in the story and can make the NFL right a wrong that is over 80 years old.
An Amazing True Story Feb 1, 2008
I have read a lot of sports books over the years, but this one just might be the best. The story of the Pottsville Maroons is one that you will not soon forget.