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The Best Game Ever - Giants vs Colts 1958 and the Birth of the Modern NFL - cover

The Best Game Ever - Giants vs Colts 1958 and the Birth of the Modern NFL

mark Bowden

Publisher: Grove Press

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On December 28, 1958, the New York Giants and Baltimore Colts met under the lights of Yankee Stadium for the NFL Championship game. Played in front of sixty-four thousand fans and millions of television viewers around the country, the game would be remembered as the greatest in football history. On the field and roaming the sidelines were seventeen future Hall of Famers, including Colts stars Johnny Unitas, Raymond Berry, and Gino Marchetti, and Giants greats Frank Gifford, Sam Huff, and assistant coaches Vince Lombardi and Tom Landry. An estimated forty-five million viewers&#8212at that time the largest crowd to have ever watched a football game&#8212tuned in to see what would become the first sudden-death contest in NFL history. It was a battle of the league's best offense&#8212the Colts&#8212versus its best defense&#8212the Giants. And it was a contest between the blue-collar Baltimore team versus the glamour boys of the Giants squad. The Best Game Ever is a brilliant portrait of how a single game changed the history of American sport. Published to coincide with the fiftieth anniversary of the championship, it is destined to be a sports classic.

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