Brown's Town: 20 Famous Browns Talk Amongst Themselves

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Brown's Town: 20 Famous Browns Talk Amongst Themselves

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  • 584 Pages
  • 7 x 10
  • Hardcover
  • ISBN 1-882203-61-5
  • Copyright 2003

By Alan Natali

Paul Brown, the son of an Ohio railroad dispatcher, entered professional football in 1946 by way of Ohio State (where he won a national title) and Massillon High (where he developed the best prep team in America) and immediately set about applying modern corporate practices to what was a loose, almost intramural game. In his time, he singlehandedly revolutionized it—its management, its expression, and its technology. He invented the facemask, the messenger guard, detailed playbooks, and broke the major sport color line a year before Jackie Robinson entered major league baseball. Through the minds, hearts, and voices of some of the best loved Browns, Alan Natali follows his best-selling Woody’s Boys with a sprawling testament to the man, team, and era that made pro football into America’s sport. Through his own eloquent prose and the detailed voices of nearly two dozen players, Gary Collins, Dante Lavelli, Dick Schafrath, Otto Graham and more, Natali has also given us a fascinating mosaic of team personalities, the saga of the Cleveland Browns, the evolution of professional football—and American society at mid-century. Illustrated by artist Greg Storer. Indexed.

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