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Charging Through the AFL: Los Angeles and San Diego Chargers' Football in the 1960s Hardcover – September 29, 2004

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Turner (September 29, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596520124
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596520127
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 0.8 x 12.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,470,681 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By M on November 27, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I want to encourage every Charger & AFL fan who has even a slim interest in the history of the Bolts and their legendary AFL players to pick up this intelligently-written and arranged book. It would also make a great holiday gift for that Bolt fan you know. If you have seen or heard any of the recent San Diego media coverage on this book and heard the story behind its making, you can understand why I'm so jazzed about it.

The author, who was being treated for advanced Hodgkins lymphoma at the time, spent 4 years delving in the Chargers archives and interviewing players for this definitive work. The book is filled with never-before-published photos (330 in all) and stories not only of well-known AFL Charger players and coaches, but also lesser-known and obscure players who spent time in the Bolts Powder Blues during the 1960s. In many cases, the author says these were some of the most interesting stories to share. Even former Charger players from that era have expressed amazement at the author's comprehensive efforts at recapturing the feelings of what it was like to be a player in the old AFL.

For those of us oldsters who grew up in the 1960s with the Powder Blues, it will take us back to very fond memories of a bygone era. For those of you who weren't around then, you'll be even more proud of the Chargers legacy that we all now share as fans of the team. The book has been so popular the first printing is already sold out and is now on order for the second run. But it's worth the wait for all fans of the old AFL and those curious about what the "glory years" were all about! Tobias says his next project may be a history of the Coryell years of the Chargers. If his present book is any indication, that work will also be something to really appreciate. Go Bolts!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Steve Ryser on July 24, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Until this book came out, I hadn't had any luck finding a quality book on the history of the San Diego Chargers. This book covers the first ten seasons of the San Diego Chargers- the American Football League years.

With its glossy pages and dimensions of just over 12 inches tall and over 9 inches wide, the book is well-suited for presenting photographs. Just about every page has at least one picture.

The book consists of four main sections:

The first is a 15-page chronological narrative history (with photographs).

The second section consists of 16 pages of nothing but photographs. Eight of those pages have at least one color photograph. The only color photographs in the book are in this section. By far most of the book's pictures are in black and white.

The third section is 76 pages and is where the bulk of the reading is for this book. This has the author's interviews of 59 people connected with the Chargers- players, coaches, and one beat writer. Each interview is written up separately and lasts about a page or two.

The last section is 93 pages of San Diego Charger statistics and box scores of every regular and post season Charger game of the 1960's. And, like the rest of the book, there are plenty of photographs throughout this section, too.

The book is well-written. The photographs are enjoyable too. My main complaint (or wish) is that I would have liked a longer chronological narrative of the team's history than the 15-page one provided. However, the interview and statistical sections flesh out much of that history but just in a different format.

I would recommend this book to anyone interested in San Diego Charger history of that era. And I thank the author for writing a book on a much overlooked slice of football history.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Alex Edelman on October 15, 2004
Format: Hardcover
A great book. a fun read. by a great author, filled with interviws and awesome pictures galore...

A must have for any NFL or AFL fan of any age...

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Steve Sloan on February 1, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This is the perfect book for fans of the Chargers and the AFL. Author Tobias has secured hard-to-find photos and game programs as well as exclusive interviews with original members of the Los Angeles and San Diego Chargers. A comprehensive guide to the AFL Chargers. I love it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael Papp on August 13, 2007
Format: Hardcover
An outstanding and informative history of the LA/SD Chargers from their inception in 1960 through their entire 10 year history in the American Football League. Author Todd Tobias was very thorough in his research. The first chapter which was about the history of the AFL Chargers was probably my favorite part of the book. I also enjoyed the interviews that Tobias provided from former players and coaches. The game by game statistics are very important to me as well because they provide me with references. I am a stat freak so that was an added bonus for me. The only problem that I had with the publication was that Ralph Anderson was not listed in the section that contained all of the members of the Chargers from 1960 through 1969. It was obviously just an oversight. I also wish that there would have been more information on Anderson since he led the chargers with 44 pass receptions in the 1960 season. Anderson died tragically of a diabetic seizure in November yet still led the team in pass receptions. I would like to learn more about Anderson but there seems to be very little information available about him. But overall it was a magnificent job by Tobias and I really enjoyed reading it. The Chargers were without a doubt the finest team in the AFL throughout the early years as evidenced by playing in five of the first six AFL Championship games. But this book makes you understand that they were the classiest organization in the AFL as well, all the way from the top with the ownership of Hilton, the outstanding coaching provided by Sid Gillman, Chuck Noll, Al Davis, Jack Faulkner and Joe Madro. Just a super book and I would recommend it to any Charger fan, any AFL fan and any fan of pro football in the 1960s.
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