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#1 fgoodwin

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Posted 25 July 2008 - 10:35 PM

While the gettin's good: Inside the World Football League by Herb Gluck

Hardcover, 226 pages
Bobbs-Merrill; 1st edition (1975)
ISBN-10: 0672520575
ISBN-13: 978-0672520570

(customer review) While The Gettin's Good is the only book, at least the only one I found, about the ill-fated World Football League (1974-75). It traces the building of the WFL on a weak foundation, focusing mainly on the New York/Charlotte Stars franchise

While it delivers on one level, showing why the WFL was doomed from the start, it fails on another. The league's first, and only, complete season is glossed over as if the author decided he had already written too much about the creation of the league and the early interworking of the Stars and it was time to wrap up the book.

Despite its minor shortcoming, it's a must for WFL buffs ... if you can find it.

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World Football League Encyclopedia (Hardcover) by Tod Maher

Hardcover: 394 pages
Publisher: Saint Johann Press (January 2006)
ISBN-10: 1878282417
ISBN-13: 978-1878282415

Description: Timeless reference for a short lived league. The WFL came along at the wrong time (big recession, pre cable TV) and had the wrong kind of money behind it. If they could have hung on for 3 more years they might have forced a partial merger and cities like Memphis and Birmingham might now have NFL teams. Heres hoping for a similar book on the USFL.
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