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Striking Gridiron: A Town's Pride and a Team's Shot at Glory During the Biggest Strike in American History [Format Kindle]

Greg Nichols

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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.

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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 289 pages
  • Editeur : Thomas Dunne Books (16 septembre 2014)
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  • Langue : Anglais
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT-NY TIMES BEST SELLER LIST MATERIAL- This is one of the best ... 7 octobre 2014
Par Marks' Reviews - Publié sur Amazon.com
ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT-NY TIMES BEST SELLER LIST MATERIAL- This is one of the best stories ever written about- Greg Nichols expertly weaves a fantastic tale- The way Greg conceptualizes and presents the story is remarkable- Having grown up in Western PA about a half hour from Braddock, in a high school that won two WPIAL championships in the late 1960s, the book totally resonated with me- But anybody and everybody will enjoy this feel good story. Just masterful- P.S. to the author- Braddock definitely would have held their own with De La Salle High in California-nowhere do they make them tougher than Pittsburgh- Thanks for a wonderful ride with this book
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Great For Yinzers and Football Fans 25 septembre 2014
Par Mandy Payne - Publié sur Amazon.com
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As a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and a former Pittsburgher, I absolutely loved this book. This would be a great book for someone who comes from or lives in the burgh. Anyone with black and gold in their veins would enjoy this actually. More than just a football story, this book captures the essence of that entire area, the time period and gave me a better understanding of what makes a Yinzer yinz. Football is in their blood and stories about the glory days of the unions and their struggles with the employers really drives home why they're so team oriented. Truly the City of Champions.

In addition to that cultural backdrop for me, the story itself was simply inspiring. This team came to the rescue during a dark time for Braddock, inspiring and strengthening the town to pull together, endure and overcome.

My son, who is a native of. Pittsburgh and the son of a complete Yinzer, is reading this book next. He wasn't raised in Pittsburgh, but it is a great town to be from and I want him to know its story.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A passionate story about a team 23 août 2014
Par CGScammell - Publié sur Amazon.com
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People who enjoy football will enjoy this book. This story takes place in 1959 Braddock, PA, when there's a lingering 116-day steel mill strike and Cold War antics going on. The auto industry demanded 20% of all American steel, and much more went to the defense industry. It was also an election year, so President Eisenhower had to act tough so that his party would win again for 1960.

And that's where the history ends. This story by Greg Nichols focuses more on the passion of the game, the dedicated coaches, their families, and the players of the Braddock High Tigers and their 56-game winning streak throughout the mid 1950s. This team was the town's if not the state's pride, if only to give people hope when so many steel mill workers were needing more of it.

The details and the research required are impressive, after all these years to be able to recollect a season and capture the euphoria of their final victory. One can read this and cheer vicariously for the Tigers, because Nichols' writing style is captivating; one can sense the tension during that last game, and feel a sense of relief when it's over. Even non-football fans like myself end up getting attached to this team.

This book is categorized as a history book, but I strongly believe it should be categorized first as a sports/football book.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Wonderful read! 30 septembre 2014
Par Elizabeth Harley - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Loved this book! I like books that paint portraits about people and their lives. The author does a wonderful job of breathing life into the players, the coaches and the town. While reading "Striking Gridiron", its as if I am walking down the streets of Braddock myself. It does not matter if you like sports stories or not, this is a book about people and their place in history.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Excellent book for Pittsburgh sports fans 15 octobre 2014
Par dr.edward wu - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Excellent book for Pittsburgh sports fans, fans of high school football, and students of labor history. Finished in 1.5 sittings as it is well written, gripping story of a town and a team that found itself making history during the autumn of 1959, which was also the autumn for certain American places like Braddock. Well done and I look forward to more from Mr. Nichols.
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