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Ernie Davis : The Elmira Express, the Story of a Heisman Trophy Winner Paperback – September, 1999

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 186 pages
  • Publisher: Bartleby Press (September 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0910155399
  • ISBN-13: 978-0910155397
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,611,567 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A. D. Cox VINE VOICE on August 27, 2008
Format: Paperback
The Elmira Express

I love the Twin Tiers in the autumn. The days are still warm; the nights cool, giving birth to vibrant fall colors. The hills seem almost alive, and the threat of colder weather is a promise on the wind. Fall in the Twin Tiers ushers in a revered tradition. When it's autumn in America, it's time for football. Across the land, in big cities and small towns, in large stadiums and rural high schools--the sights, sounds, and colors of the game are all around us. The common thread is the game, and the athletes that practice and play it with heart and determination to the very best of their abilities.

Few players have shown more heart or determination than Ernie Davis. Davis was born on Dec. 14, 1939, in New Salem, Pa. His parents separated shortly after his birth, and his father was soon killed in an accident. He grew up in poverty in Uniontown, a coal-mining town 50 miles south of Pittsburgh, where caring grandparents raised him.

At 12, Davis moved to live with his mother and stepfather in Elmira. He went on to become Elmira's favorite son, both as an outstanding athlete and as a respected and well-loved citizen. Ernie's talent bloomed, and the honors came early and often. He led Elmira Free Academy to a 52-game winning streak in basketball and as a Syracuse sophomore helped the Orangemen gain their only national football championship.

As a senior in 1961, he became the first African American athlete to win the Heisman trophy and was the number one pick in the 1962 NFL draft. And then, suddenly, he was gone. He was diagnosed with leukemia the summer before his rookie season. He never played in the NFL, but succumbed to the disease less than a year later.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By T. Drum on December 24, 2007
Format: Paperback
The Elmira Express (on which the movie, The Express, is based) may not be the most literary piece of work ever written, but it the real story of Ernie Davis' legacy. The movie may make for good "family viewing", but this book explains the TRUE story of just how brave, unselfish and caring this young man was, right up until his death. The book explains the indepth accounts of not only Ernie Davis' plight, but also of those who coached him, loved him, and experienced his untimely death. If you have a teen-ager, please try to get him (or her) to read this book. It may just change your child's view of the world. Well... OK...Just maybe.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Eric Fortune on December 24, 2007
Format: Paperback
This isn't the greatest book, but a very good and emotional read about a guy that a lot of people should strive to be. Hopefully the movie coming out next year will capture the true heart of Ernie Davis.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hawk314a on September 22, 2009
Format: Hardcover
After watching the movie I wanted to know more about this incredible human being because I had no idea he had such a short life. After reading the anniversary edition, I came away with "not sweating the small stuff". But I was a little disappointed in the editing and organization of this book because it had so many mistakes and missing words. It also jumped around a lot and left me scratching my head, but I appreciate the author capturing Ernie's life as best he could. I'm sad that his mother was not present when he passed; and I would have been especially interested in Schwartzwalder's real reaction to Ernie's death.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mark Kroczynski on October 16, 2009
Format: Paperback
The book made into the recent movie is a nicely written, easy read of this great football player, and human being, as well as the good people around him, including some of those in Elmira, Syracuse and Cleveland.
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