This is the story of the founding and first five years of the American Football League, dubbed The Foolish Club. At the time...

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THE $400,000 QUARTERBACK, or The League That Came in from the Cold

This is the story of the founding and first five years of the American Football League, dubbed The Foolish Club. At the time no one thought that the AFL stood a chance against the rival NFL (which as yet has not recognized the AFL). Also, the AFL was backed mainly, it seemed, by young men who had no other occupation than inheriting money. Biggest foe of the AFL is George Halas, patriarchal mogul of NFL, who has been described as a man who ""has all the warmth of breaking bones, a personality as daring as twin beds and...a strength that is his main weakness: he is a self-made man."" Halas it was who spurred an investigation into the players' betting scandal which grimed the NFL escutcheon. Today, the AFL has everything going for it and big TV contracts, it is no longer The Foolish Club. Curran's account features little about individual games, but concentrates rather on the political skullduggery behind getting the club on its feet. Few readers will be able to retain the hundreds of minor figures who march through these pages, but the style is often hilariously cynical.

Pub Date: Aug. 23, 1965

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: Macmillan

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1, 1965