Gridiron Gauntlet: The Story of the Men Who Integrated Pro Football, In Their Own Words

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One year before Jackie Robinson broke the color line in major league baseball in 1947, four black players joined the Browns and Rams to become the first professional football players of African-American descent in the modern era. Here twelve players reflect not only on the violence, segregation, and general hostility that came with being trailblazers, but also on the white players and coaches who supported them.

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"Gridiron Gauntlet" is a captivating reprise of lived history, an engaging, highly informative sojourn through the post-World War II reintegration of professional football as experienced and recalled by the sport's "second wave" of black players, the men whose sometimes ignored, mostly forgotten contributions and sacrifices were critical to the evolution of the game we see today.--Harry Edwards, PhD.

Thanks to Gridiron Gauntlet, the stories of these 12 individuals have been preserved as a reminder that things were not always as they are today. There was racism, exclusion and prejudice in the 40's and 50's, but these men paved the way for future generations of football players, and they should not be forgotten.--WorldofFootball.com

Gridiron Gauntlet is a captivating reprise of lived history, an engaging, highly informative sojourn through the post-World War II reintegration of professional football as experienced and recalled by the sport's "second wave" of black players, the men whose sometimes ignored, mostly forgotten contributions and sacrifices were critical to the evolution of the game we see today.--Harry Edwards, professor emeritus, University of California, Berkeley

[A] great addition to any sports lover s bookshelf and a valuable contribution to the civil rights history of pro football.--Jane LaTour "Public Employee Press ""

Vivid and fresh, this is a terrific addition to the secret history of sports we all need to know if we want to understand today's players and games.--Robert Lipsyte, American sports journalist, ESPN Ombudsman, and author of An Accidental Sportswriter

...a book anyone who truly claims to be a fan of the early NFL needs to read.... Trust me, you won t want to put it down."

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Andy Piascik is an award-winning author whose articles have appeared in Z Magazine, The Indypendent, Jump Cut, and many other publications. For his book The Best Show in Football: The 1946-1955 Cleveland Browns, Pro Football's Greatest Dynasty (also published by Taylor Trade Publishing), he received the Professional Football Researchers Association's Nelson Ross Award. He is a member of the National Writers Union.

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