Pro Football’s Fabulous Fifties
When football players were football players
and the grass was still real
Kristine Setting Clark
List Price: $24.95
Category: Sports History
Pub Date: February 5, 2016
Binding: Paperback, 176 pages
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Pro Football’s Fabulous Fifties captures a period of time when the sport began to move forward into a new decade and create the domination of the American sports scene that it has today. The 1950s was an era of crewcuts, the hula hoop, the alley oop and such nicknames such as Crazylegs, Hopalong, and Night Train. The game was about to make an impact on America’s consciousness and for those just beginning to discover the NFL, it was love at first sight—thanks to a colorful collection of gridiron characters whose low salaries never dampened their high spirits. It was a time when $20,000 salaries were the exception and $6000 salaries were the rule—it was the last pure football, played by a select few.
During the 1950s, pro football entered into its marriage with television. With its unique way of capturing the spontaneity and immediacy of live events, television proved to be the perfect medium for pro football. Because of television, the local game became the national game and the players and coaches of the 50s created the million dollar sport of today.
A University of San Francisco graduate, sports writer and sports author Dr. Kristine Setting Clark has authored numerous books on NFL history with concentration in the periods of the 40s, 50s and 60s. She has also been a feature writer for The San Francisco 49ers’ and the Dallas Cowboys’ Gameday Magazine. Clark has also been a keynote speaker for many corporate, sports, and educational events.