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The American Soccer League Hardcover – June 25, 1998

ISBN-13: 978-0810834293 ISBN-10: 0810834294

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Product Details

  • Series: American Sports History Series (Book 9)
  • Hardcover: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Scarecrow Press (June 25, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810834294
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810834293
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.4 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,614,546 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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...provides the best account of the ASL and the so-called "Golden Years" of American soccer to date and , as such, is invaluable to the professional historian of the game as much as the soccer enthusiast...Jose should be applauded for meticulously piecing together such an authoritative record of these "forgotten years of American soccer". (Journal of Sport History)

…provides numerous historical nuggets of import for the American and world game…Jose in this instance has accomplished a near-miraculous work of historical archaeology and he deserves full marks for his efforts. (Soccer and Society)

...an extraordinarily comprehensive record of the times in both words and statistics.

About the Author

Colin Jose, a soccer historian and journalist Jose is a member of the Executive Committee of the International Federation of Football History and Statistics (Wiesbaden, Germany), a director of the Society for American Soccer History (Oneonta, New York), and a member of the Heritage Committee of the Ontario Soccer Association.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By David Litterer on December 11, 1998
Format: Hardcover
This book fills a critical gap in the historic literature of American Soccer, by providing a comprehensive statistical history of the first true major soccer league in this country.The ASL was as powerful as the NFL during the 1920's, but later folded and faded into complete obscurity, for decades existing as little more than rumor. Colin has singlehandedly reconstructed their entire history from box scores and news articles culled from newspaper microfilms.
His reconstruction of a significant part of American soccer history comes at an important time as the professional game enjoys unprecedented growth and new fans are beginning to redisocver the game's long heritage in the United States.
The statistical summaries are thorough, from player stats to linescores, and team histories. The news items and description of league activity is fairly basic but adequate. Most interesting are essays illustrating how the league fit in with the rest of the American soccer landscape of the era, and the extensive records of European stars who were attracted to the league by its generous salaries. There is a nice selection of rarely seen photographs of early players and teams, including Archie Stark, the Boston Wonder Workers and the New York Hakoah All-Stars.
This is a good follow-up to Colin's earlier statistical survey; "The Complete Guide to the North American Soccer League".
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By E. Fagan on May 20, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This meticulously-researched book contains maybe 500 pages of extensive statistics and 20 pages (if that) of narrative text. If you're looking for the written history with analysis, anecdotes, exciting moments re-told, or a personal story of the ASL, this book might not be for you. If you are looking for page after page of player names, exact dates, accurate game results, even goalscorers, than this is a no-brainer must for your collection. A typical entry: p 304 NEWARK AMERICANS 1931 (FALL) Nov 27 v Hakoah Away Loss 2-5 goals by Archie Stark and (?) McCombie. Also includes 17 pages of team photos, newsprint articles, and snapshots. I was looking for the story and not the stats, so I give it a 3. It's not very useful for the casually interested fan of the beautiful game
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Mohr on April 16, 2010
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As the other reviews have already noted, this is not a narrative history of the American Soccer League. It is a compilation of team and player statistics, similar to the Macmillan's Baseball Encyclopedia, with a few short essays. The strength of the book is in the fact that Jose included every team and player in the league between 1923 to 1931. And that leads me to the reason I'm giving it four and not five stars. The league collapsed in 1933, but when Jose wrote the book he found reliable information only up to 1931. That's no fault of his, but it does detract slightly from the book's comprehensivness. Also, I found several small errors. For example, Jose listed Bobby Morrison as playing for Fleisher Yarn during the 1924-1925 season. I found that Bobby suffered a career ending injury in 1918 and it was his younger brother Joseph Johnstone Morrison who played for Fleischer. This is no knock against Jose who used the best information available at the time, but it does bring the book down from five stars. Perhaps Jose will publish a second and updated edition. If he ever does, I'll be one of the first to buy a copy.
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This is a pioneering, comprehensive work in an area where i myself have been working for some forty years. It covers a much neglected influx of British particularly Scottish players into American football during the interwar years. It has potted biographies, details of careers as far as possible on both sides of the Atlantic and where found dates of birth and detah. Visits by British clubs especially the Old Firm are detalied as are the American international appearances of many emigrant players. Overall it is an invaluable source to transatlantic historians Bernard Aspinwall
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