"ABC Sports College Football All Time All-America Team"
ABC Sports College Football All Time All-America Team
by Keith Jackson
price, pages: Hyperion, $40, 192 pages
By HARVEY FROMMER
Informative. Beautiful to look at. Carries a hefty price tag. Bound to
start a few arguments.
Sports College Football All Time All-America Team" is all of these
things. It is also a product well worth owning.
heart of the book is the All-America team selected by a 29-member panel.
Keith Jackson, "The Voice of College Football," entering his
34th year as a play-by-play commentator for ABC Sports, and Chris Schenkel,
who back in 1964 did his first college football broadcast, are just a
couple of the authorities who did the picking.
include coaches like Pepper Rodgers and Frank Broyles and former
collegiate stars like Dan Fouts, Bob Griese and Lynn Swann.
result of the picks is three All-America teams. The "First Team"
is coached by Bear Bryant and quarterbacked by John Elway. Running backs
include O.J. Simpson, Herschel Walker and Archie Griffin. The punter is
"Second Team" is coached by Joe Paterno and has Jim Plunkett as
quarterback. Running backs include Tony Dorsett, Bo Jackson and Earl
Campbell. The punter is Ray Guy.
"Third Team" coach is Tom Osborne. There is a tie at quarterback
between Peyton Manning and Doug Flutie. Incredibly, honorable mention
"Third Team" quarterbacks include Troy Aikman, Steve Young, Jim
McMahon and Charlie Ward. The running backs are Ricky Williams, Barry
Sanders and Marcus Allen. Tom Tupa is the punter.
is such an easy book to like. Virtually all of the personalities are
featured in lavish color photography and carefully crafted profiles. As
the author of Tony Dorsett's autobiography "Running Tough," I
was very much interested in seeing how the book treated him. I was not
Dorsett was not a young man of shallow ambition," his page begins.
"After shredding Navy's defense for 180 yards midway through the 1976
season to break the NCAA rushing record, Dorsett listened" as a
Pittsburgh radio man gushed, " 'In my estimation, you are the
greatest back ever to play the game.' "
reply from Dorsett was, "Well, my stats prove it." That was Tony
as a collegian and later as a pro -- oozing self-esteem.
Sports College Football All Time All-America Team" is much more than
a trotting-out of some of the legends of collegiate football through the
years. It is also a book rich in cultural and sports history. The
on-target foreword from Keith Jackson brings the reader to the opening
page of text:
a cool afternoon in the shadow of falling leaves, a group of young men
gathered at the commons on the campus of Rutgers University. The game they
would play that day had 25 men to a side and would resemble soccer more
than football. ..."
that point, we are treated to a mini-history of college football. We see
how the sport was transformed from a regional phenomenon in towns like
Tuscaloosa, Boulder and Palo Alto to a big-time part of American culture
-- aided by institutions like ABC television.
Baseball" by David McGimpsey (Indiana University Press, $22.95, 208
pages) is billed as a look at America's pastime and popular culture.
McGimpsey, who teaches at Concordia University in Montreal, ranges far and
wide in his critical "take" on baseball literature. The book is
slow but interesting reading.
Complete Runner's Day-By-Day Log and Calendar 2001" by John Jerome
(Random House, $12.95) is compact, complete and well worth owning.
Heat" by Darryl Brock (Total Sports, $24.95, 320 pages) is a novel
with a nice pace. It is about Luther "Dummy" Taylor, a former
star pitcher who attempts a comeback at age 36 with John McGraw's New York
for sports book lovers and collectors to look forward to this holiday
season: a boxed set from Sourcebooks, Inc. that will include "And The
Fans Roared" and the best seller "And The Crowd Goes Wild."
Look out for it!
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A noted oral historian and sports journalist, the author of 42 sports
books including the classics: "New York City Baseball,1947-1957" and
"Shoeless Joe and Ragtime Baseball," his acclaimed REMEMBERING YANKEE
STADIUM was published in 2008 and his REMEMBERING FENWAY PARK: AN ORAL
AND NARRATIVE HISTORY OF THE HOME OF RED SOX NATION was published to
acclaim in 2011. The prolific Frommer is at work on When It Was
Just a Game, An Oral History on Super Bowel One.
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