news that one of my all-time football heroes and TV football
broadcasters had passed filled me with sadness. Frank Gifford was a
Number 16 will be missed.
When I began work on my soon to be
published When It Was Just a Game:
Remembering the First Super Bowl, I reached out to Frank to do the
for the book and be one of the many oral history voices.
great football hero and top notch announcer on
Monday Night Football, Frank was in the booth and on the field that
His insightful comments about the
game and the personalities involved in it and his
and insightful foreword, added immensely to the depth and breadth of my
book. I will always be in his debts to the
and considerate gentleman.
is the foreword by Frank Gifford that leads off When It
Was Just a Game:
was long ago and far away that I was at the Los Angeles
Memorial Coliseum, a field I had played football on as a college
Now I was there this January 15, 1967 in the beginning stages of what
become for me a long and highly successful television broadcasting
was a member of the CBS team that along with NBC, was televising
the game. That itself was something new for this newest of football
pitted the Kansas City Chiefs of the American Football League against
Bay Packers of the National Football League.
one really knew what to expect. No one expected the
contest officially called the AFL-NFL World Championship Football
become what it became - the Super Bowl, the greatest sports
history. No one perhaps except for NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle,
wanted it to become bigger than the World Series.
I am one of the more than 50
oral history voices in the book talking about the game, the action and
remembering my experiences with the great Vince Lombardi pre-game and
post-game. You can read about those book-ended moments in the book.
was much more of a challenge as you will see than was post-game when I
there with Pete Rozelle and my former Coach “Vinny,” as he was
the championship trophy made by Tiffany that just a couple of years
be named for him as the Lombardi Trophy.
this detailed oral and narrative history, author Harvey Frommer
dramatically creates a narrative arc that brings back the time. The
the American Football League and the National Football League, a
focused on the coaches, Vince Lombardi of Green Bay and Hank Stram of
City, the pre-game preparations and struggles, the game itself on that
day in Los Angeles and a detailed look at the action on the field of
post-game fallout and a special chapter on what happened to many of the
many exclusive interviews with
players, coaches, media, viewers of the game, we are there reliving a
time in American sports and culture. It all makes for the definitive
that first Super Bowl.
Written by acclaimed sports author and oral
Harvey Frommer, with an intro by pro football Hall of Famer Frank
It Was Just a Game tells the fascinating story of the ground-breaking
World Championship Football game played on January 15, 1967: Packers
Chiefs. Filled with new insights, containing commentary from the
memoir of Kansas City Chiefs coach Hank Stram, featuring oral history
who were at the game-media, players, coaches, fans-the book is mainly
words of those who lived it and saw it go on to become the Super Bowl,
greatest sports attraction the world has ever known. Archival
drawings help bring the event to life.
Frommer is in his 39th year of writing books. A noted oral historian
journalist, the author of 42 sports books including the classics:
“New York City Baseball, 1947-1957″ and best-selling “Shoeless Joe and
Baseball,” his acclaimed Remembering Yankee Stadium was published in
best-selling Remembering Fenway Park was published to acclaim in 2011.
Frommer mint condition collectible sports
books autographed and discounted are available always from the author.
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