THE GAME OF THEIR LIVES by David Klein

THE GAME OF THEIR LIVES

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The 1958 NFL championship was a dramatic sudden-death overtime affair in which the Baltimore Colts edged the New York Giants before a partisan capacity crowd in Yankee Stadium. Reminiscing here about their lives as well as that ""legendary afternoon nearly two decades ago"" are thirteen players including Johnny Unitas, Lenny Moore, Raymond Berry and Gino Marchetti of the Colts, and Charlie Conerly, Alex Webster, Sam Huff and Andy Robustelli of the Giants. While the contest is now history, the participants are mostly sucessful middle-aged businessmen, ex-coaches, or sports broadcasters. A notable exception is Rosey Grier, the mammoth defensive lineman who dedicated himself to improving community relations in Watts after being shattered by the death of his close friend Robert Kennedy. A memorable game it was. Still, this has neither the immediacy nor the nostalgic attraction of everybody's exemplar, The Boys of Summer.

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 1976
Publisher: Random House