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The Resource Striking gridiron : a town's pride and a team's shot at glory during the biggest strike in American history, Greg Nichols

Striking gridiron : a town's pride and a team's shot at glory during the biggest strike in American history, Greg Nichols

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Striking gridiron : a town's pride and a team's shot at glory during the biggest strike in American history
Title
Striking gridiron
Title remainder
a town's pride and a team's shot at glory during the biggest strike in American history
Statement of responsibility
Greg Nichols
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • "In the summer of 1959, most of the town of Braddock, Pennsylvania--along with half a million steel workers around the country--went on strike in the longest labor stoppage in American history. With no paychecks coming in, the families of Braddock looked to its football team for inspiration. The Braddock Tigers had played for five amazing seasons, a total of 45 games, without a single loss. Heading into the fall of '59, this team from just outside Pittsburgh, whose games members of the Steelers would drop by to watch, needed just eight victories to break the national record for consecutive wins. Sports Illustrated and other media descended upon the banks of the Monongahela River to profile the team and its revered head coach, future Hall of Famer Chuck Klausing, who molded his boys into winners while helping to effect the racial integration of his squad. While the townspeople bet their last dollars on the Tigers, young black players like Ray Henderson hoped that the record would be a ticket to college and spare them from life in the mills alongside their fathers. In Striking Gridiron, author Greg Nichols recounts every detail of Braddock's incredible sixth, undefeated season--from the brutal weeks of summer training camp to the season's final play that defined the team's legacy. In the words of Klausing himself, "Greg Nichols couldn't have written it better if he'd been on the sidelines with us." But even more than the story of a triumphant season, Nichols's narrative is an intimate chronicle of small-town America during the hardest of times. Striking Gridiron takes us from the sidelines and stands on game day into the school hallways, onto the street corners, and into the very homes of Braddock to reveal a beleaguered blue-collar town from a bygone era--and the striking workers whose strength was mirrored by the football heroics of steel-town boys on Friday nights and Saturday afternoons"--
  • "The Steel Strike of 1959 drove the iconic mill town of Braddock, Pennsylvania, into despair. But in a time of crisis, this small community just outside Pittsburgh found glory on its high school field. After five undefeated seasons under the firm but compassionate guidance of future-Hall of Fame coach Chuck Klausing, the Braddock Tigers had the national record for consecutive wins in their sights. Even Sports Illustrated rushed to cover this history-making team, which dramatically cemented its legacy on the very last play of the season. In the words of Klausing himself, "Greg Nichols couldn't have written it better if he'd been on the sidelines with us." But more than simply the inspirational story of a record-breaking team, this intimate chronicle recounts the striking workers who stood tall against the steel industry--and a setback in the Supreme Court--and whose strength was mirrored in the field heroics of steel-town boys on Friday nights and Saturday afternoons. Striking Gridiron takes us from the grueling preseason to the sidelines, from the school hallways to the streets and homes, to reveal a beleaguered blue-collar town from a bygone era"--
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DLC
Dewey number
796.332/620974885
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Intended audience
1050
Intended audience source
Lexile
LC call number
HD5326.P5
LC item number
N53 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Label
Striking gridiron : a town's pride and a team's shot at glory during the biggest strike in American history, Greg Nichols
Link
http://www.netread.com/jcusers2/bk1388/859/9781250039859/image/lgcover.9781250039859.jpg
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Publication
Note
Includes index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
In the shadow of Paul Brown -- A rite of passage -- No work -- Opener -- Forging perfection -- Native sons -- Devotion -- A town and its team -- History -- Pride
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xii, 272 pages
Isbn
9781250039859
Lccn
2014017108
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
ocn883304736
Label
Striking gridiron : a town's pride and a team's shot at glory during the biggest strike in American history, Greg Nichols
Link
http://www.netread.com/jcusers2/bk1388/859/9781250039859/image/lgcover.9781250039859.jpg
Publication
Note
Includes index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
In the shadow of Paul Brown -- A rite of passage -- No work -- Opener -- Forging perfection -- Native sons -- Devotion -- A town and its team -- History -- Pride
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xii, 272 pages
Isbn
9781250039859
Lccn
2014017108
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
ocn883304736

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