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RUN TO DAYLIGHT! (Fireside Sports Classic) Paperback – September 15, 1989


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone; Reprint edition (September 15, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 067168213X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671682132
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,483,765 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Vince Lombardi was assistant coach with the New York Giants and then head coach for the Green Bay Packers from 1959 to 1967 before becoming head coach for the Washington Redskins in 1969.

W.C. Heinz was the acclaimed sportswriter and author of The Professional, The Surgeon, Emergency, and Once I Heard the Cheers. He was also co-author of Run to Daylight! and MASH, the book on which the Emmy Award winning television show of the same name was based.

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Well, maybe it's varnished a little.
Chuck Swindell
Well, this book might interest you if you are interested in the Packers of the 60s, Lombardi, or football.
Boo Hoo
This is an absolute MUST read by ANY real football fan!!!
Patricia Carter

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 2, 1999
Format: Paperback
Run to Daylight was published in 1963 and was instantly recognized as a classic. Written by legendary Green Bay Packer head coach Vince Lombardi, RTD details Lombardi and the Packers preparation for an unnammed opponnet in the 1962 championship season. The book is a must read for the aspiring coach or anyone interested in pro football coaching. RTD provides the psychological motivation of both the players and coaches and a highly readable account of a week in a pro football season. Along with John Wooden's "They Call Me Coach", this is a must read for coaches of any sport.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By SUPPORT THE ASPCA. on November 5, 2006
Format: Paperback
In this book Lombardi's life is played out during a week as the patriarch of the Packers. He highlights in detail why they were a 60's dynasty. From the cycles of game planning, interactions with his team, you get to see Packer football from a new perspective. Despite his gruff exterior, it is crystal clear that he genuinely cared about his players on and off the field. This is not a how to coaching book or a biography. It is a slide snapshot that tells more than the reader expects.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By JMack VINE VOICE on November 13, 2003
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This book is mandatory reading for football fans, particularly fan of the Green Bay Packers. Some of the ideas about this book are misleading. However, it is still a great read.
This book is not a biography of Lombardi or a guide on how to coach football. This book does give readers insight as to what it was like for Lombardi during his coaching tenure. Based on technology alone, there are great differences now. The readers get to see all of Lombardi's preparation for the mystery opponent in silver uniforms.
Several of Lombardi's famous quotes are included. Lombardi also discusses specifc intereactions with players as well as a number of interesting stories about various players. Despite his tough exterior, he genuinely cares about his players. When the book arrives at game day, you get to see the game form Lombardi's perspective. It is a real treat for football fans.
If you have read other books about the Packers during this era, you are not likley to learn many new facts. Many of the facts in here are credited as a primary source in other books. However, you do get to see Packer football from a new perspective.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Patricia Carter on December 27, 2004
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Such a rare gem of a book, I was floored by it's great detail and was very happy with this book!! This 1963 publication written by Vince Lombardi, is sure to be missed by much of today's generation, and unfortunately so. Lombardi SHOWS why his Packers were the 60's greatest football dynasty, and how his life plays out during a week as the leader of the Packers. This is an absolute MUST read by ANY real football fan!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By therosen VINE VOICE on May 10, 2004
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Vince Lombardi's dedication and devotion transcended football. His quotes are used all the way from the high school locker room to the corporate board room.
This diary is Lombardi in his own words. It covers his views of the weekly cycle of planning for battle, preparing for battle, and then the football game itself.
Packer fan or motivational fan - this book is an easy read worth the several hours to get cover to cover.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chuck Swindell on April 2, 2011
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This is unvarnished, from the horse's mouth, week-in-the-life Lombardi. Well, maybe it's varnished a little. It is, after all, ghost-written by the author of "MASH", but that just means it's probably a bit better written than your average collection of Lombardi-isms.

I liked that the book is not all rah-rah. You see Lombardi's exhaustion, how the season takes a toll on him, how he's unsure of his decisions. You don't just see the "Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing" cartoon that has come down to us.

The NFL pressure-cooker coaching life must be hard on a person, and you get a glimpse of it here. Lombardi died tragically young, only 57, from digestive complaints that turned out to be aggressive cancer. It was one battle that, despite all his feistiness, he could not win. And you're left wondering if a life dedicated to perfectionism, to strife, is ultimately a destructive monument.

However you answer such questions, the fact that this book raises them makes it the best sort of autobiography. Thanks Vince & thanks Mr. Heinz for being the midwife.
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By Craig W. Coleman on July 13, 2014
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