Green Bay Packers
Posted 24 July 2008 - 10:39 PM
By Jerry Kramer and Dick Schaap
G.P. Putnam, 1985
Description: Kramer uses the 1984 reunion of the 1966 Green Bay team as the backdrop for highlighting each player’s contribution to the team and life after retirement as a player. Of course, many credit Vince Lombardi with instilling them with the will to succeed in life as well as football.
The Green Bay Packers: Pro Football's Pioneer Team
By Chuck Johnson
Hardcover: 170 pages
Thomas Nelson & Sons 1961, 1963
Green Bay Replay: The Packers’ Return to Glory
By Dick Schaap
Paperback (338 pages)
Description: Schaap’s coverage of Green Bay’s 1996 Super Bowl season, with many references to the Lombardi era.
The Green Bay Packers: The Story of Professional Football
By Arch Ward
Hardcover: 240 pages
G. P. Putnam's Sons (1946)
Description: A mostly anecdotal history that hangs a great deal of legend and myth on a framework of facts
The History of the Green Bay Packers Book One: The Lambeau Years Part One
By Larry D. Names
Hardcover: 224 Pages
Angel Press of Wisconsin, March 1987
Description: Names has done a lot of good research, but he tends to make unsupported assertions which he then presents as fact. This first volume covers the history of the Packers through 1932.
The History of the Green Bay Packers Book Two: The Lambeau Years Part Two
By Larry D. Names
Angel Press of Wisconsin, October 1989
Description: Continuation of Part One.
The History of the Green Bay Packers Book Three: The Lambeau Years Part Three
By Larry D. Names
Angel Press of Wisconsin, December 1990
The History of the Green Bay Packers Book Four: The Shameful Years
By Larry D. Names
Angel Press of Wisconsin, November 1995
Instant Replay: The Green Bay Diary of Jerry Kramer
Jerry Kramer, edited by Dick Schaap
World Publishing Company, 1968
ISBN 10: 0385517459
ISBN 13: 978-0385517454
Description (from Amazon): In 1967, when Jerry Kramer was a thirty-one-year-old Green Bay Packers offensive lineman, in his tenth year with the team, he decided to keep a diary of the season. “Perhaps, by setting down my daily thoughts and observations,” he wrote, “I’ll be able to understand precisely what it is that draws me back to professional football.” Working with the renowned journalist Dick Schaap, Kramer recorded his day-to-day experiences as a player with perception, honesty, humor, and startling sensitivity. Little did Kramer know that the 1967 season would be one of the most remarkable in the history of pro football, culminating with the legendary championship game against Dallas now known as the “Ice Bowl,” in which Kramer would play a central role. Nor could he have anticipated that his diary would evolve into a book titled Instant Replay, first published in 1968, that would become a multimillion-copy bestseller and be celebrated by reviewers everywhere, including the Washington Post’s Jonathan Yardley, who calls it “to this day, the best inside account of pro football, indeed the best book ever written about that sport and that league.” This groundbreaking look inside the world of professional football is one of the first books ever to take readers into the locker room and reveal the inner workings of a professional sports franchise. From training camp, through the historic Ice Bowl, then into the locker room of Super Bowl II, Kramer provides a captivating player’s perspective on pro football when the game was all blood, grit, and tears. He also offers a rare and insightful view of the team’s storied leader, Coach Vince Lombardi.
By Phil Bengtson with Todd Hunt
Doubleday & Co. (1968)
Description: An account of the Packers during Vince Lombardi's reign as head coach. Bengtson was an assistant coach during those years, specializing in defense, and he succeeded Lombardi in 1968.
Packers By The Numbers
By John Maxymuk
Description: If you say "3" most sports fans would think of Babe Ruth; Green Bay Packer fans would remember Tony Canadeo. If you say "75" most football fans would think of Mean Joe Green, but Packer fans would recall Forrest Gregg. Numbers can conjure up vivid memories in sports, especially to Packer fans. This unique book features 99 chapters -- one keyed to each uniform number, followed by details and stats on all the others who wore it as well. No other sports book reviews a team history quite like this. A refreshing take on a most popular team!
Poster's Note: Personally the best Packer book I've ever read.
Run to Daylight!
By Vince Lombardi and W.C. Heinz
Description: Lombardi’s recounting of his week preparing the Packers for their 1962 home game against Detroit.
Vagabond Halfback: The Life and Times of Johnny Blood McNally
By Denis J. Gullickson
Amazon Link: http://www.amazon.co...i...6841&sr=1-1
Product Details: 224 pages
Publisher: Trails Books; 1 edition (September 1, 2006)
Product Description: (from Amazon page) He was a poet, a vagrant, a philosopher, a lady’s man and a drunk. He was also one of the greatest Green Bay Packers who ever lived. This is the story of the conflicts and triumphs of Johnny Blood, the outstanding athlete whose legendary exploits off the field often eclipsed his gridiron glory.
Posted 30 July 2009 - 12:45 PM
by Jerry Pohling
Prairie Oak Press, 1996
Description (from eCampus): Journalist Jerry Poling interviewed more than 150 former Packer players for this book, choosing nearly 70 of the most compelling stories to tell. The result is a fascinating book, a must read for all Packer fans, young and old. Players talk about their most significant experiences and how their days with the Green and Gold have affected the rest of their lives. They tell what has happened to them since their playing days and what they are doing right now. Poling lets the players tell their stories in their own words. Both the famous -- Brockington, Starr, Nitschke, Kramer, Thurston, Gillingham, Fleming -- and some Packers remembered only by those who saw them make inordinate physical sacrifices on Sunday afternoons long ago, combine to enrich the history of this unique football club, the only major league sports team owned by its host city".
"Now, I want pizza."
- Ken Crippen
Posted 04 August 2009 - 11:42 AM
by Len Wagner and Jay Bengtson
Coaches Books, LLC 2001
Jay Bengtson is the son of longtime Lombardi assistant coach Phil Bengtson (who succeeded Lombardi as head coach of the Packers). Years after the Lombardi era, Jay uncovered a set of evaluations of the 1959 players made by the Packers coaching staff (Bengtson, Norb Hecker, John "Red" Cochran and Bill Austin) among items from his father's estate and approached former Green Bay Press-Gazette sports reporter, sports editor and sports columnist Wagner about putting it together as a book of these report cards. Each player on the 1959 squad has a single page which includes some coaches' notes about the player in that camp, a summary of that player's career and photos of the player (one staged "in action" photo typical of '50s and '60s Packer player photos and one head-and-shoulders portrait).
Packers vs. Bears
by Glenn Swain
Charles Publishing Company, 1996
Description (from Midwest Book Review via Amazon): Glenn Swain's Packers vs. Bears is the history of one of pro football's oldest rivalries. The Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Bars have clashed over 150 times on the football field in a 75 year timespan leaving a trail of bruised egos, broken bones, bloody noses, star players, and legendary names like Halas, Lambeau, Starr, Lombardi, Butkus, Nitschke, Hornung, and Payton. Packers vs. Bears is the definitive book on Packer football and a "must read" for all Packer fans! -- and those Chicago folks too.
Mudbaths and Bloodbaths: The Inside Story of the Bears-Packers Rivalry
by Gary D'Amato and Cliff Christl
Prairie Oak Press, August 1997
Description (from WisconsinMade.com): The legend of the oldest and fiercest rivalry in professional sports is told again in a new edition of Mudbaths & Bloodbaths: The Inside Story of the Bears-Packers Rivalry. Updated with fresh stories and statistics written by award-winning veteran sports writers for the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel Gary D'Amato, the new edition brings the 84-year history of the Chicago Bears-Green Bay Packers grudge up to date for a new generation of football fans. Covering 168 Bears-Packers games since 1921, the book unfolds the history of the teams and their rivalry with all the passion and intensity of the series itself. This is a "can't-put-it-down" book for every Bears and Packers fan.
"Now, I want pizza."
- Ken Crippen