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Well-grounded in the boisterous economic optimism of post-'45 America, Piascik's work shows how the Cleveland Browns combined savvy management and marketing, social innovativeness, brilliant coaching, and raw athletic talent to unite an already football-crazed region and create one of the most successful sports organizations in history. Were the '46-'55 Browns the greatest football dynasty ever? Piascik says yes. Let the debate begin. (Alan H. Levy)

Pro football began in Ohio, and Cleveland had a pro football identity long before the 1946 Browns. Nevertheless, it is fair to say that the original Browns made pro football the integral part of the Cleveland sports scene that it remains today. The original Browns had magnificent players. A half dozen players on the very first Browns team went on to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. They were a special group of men. It is fitting that their story be told. Today's fans need to be reminded of the great impact the early Browns team had on pro football and how they influenced the game we all enjoy today. (Mike Brown, President/Owner of the Cincinnati Bengals, and son of Paul Brown)

Piascik's meticulous look at the success of the Browns during their first ten years of existence, and the impact that black players had in making that success possible, should be read by any fan of pro football. (Charles K. Ross, Author, Outside the Lines: African Americans and the Integration of the National Football League)

The Best Show in Football makes a solid case that from 1946 thru 1955, the Cleveland Browns were the greatest team in pro football history and proves beyond any reasonable doubt that they had some of the sport's greatest players and its greatest coach, Paul Brown. (Jack Clary, Author, The Cleveland Browns; co-author with Paul Brown, PB: The Paul Brown Story; and president, Professional Footb)

About the Author

Andy Piascik is a long-time activist for peace and social justice. He has written articles about labor history, African-Americans in sports, and other subjects for a variety of publications. In addition to The Best Show in Football, he is the author of Gridiron Gauntlet. He lives in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Taylor Trade Publishing; Reprint edition (August 16, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1589795717
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589795716
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,456,460 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By giacomino5 on January 7, 2012
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I love a good book about football history, and "The Best Show in Football" is certainly that. It captures a little talked about, little remembered era of football dominated by a talented powerhouse, the original Cleveland Browns. It also recounts the even less talked about, less remembered era after WWII when there were two football leagues, the NFL and the upstart rival All American Football Conference. The AAFC only lasted four years but was loaded with talent, including some of the game's first great African-American professional football players. The book covers the AAFC years of the Browns, the NFL's eventual acceptance of the Browns, 49ers and Colts and the Browns' triumphs in the big boy's league in interesting, game-by-game detail. Where the book bogs down is in the author's ceaseless attempt to prove that the AAFC was superior to the NFL and that the AAFC stats and records, such as the Browns' undefeated season in 1948, should be given the same place in football history as NFL stats and records. The author makes a good case, but the book is slowed down by the case being made over and over, in ever greater detail. In making his case, every other member of the Browns becomes one of the greatest, if not The greatest player ever at his position. For instance, the Browns' punter becomes the greatest punter ever, even though the Redskins' Sammy Baugh, who was nearing the end of his career while the Browns were ascending, had a better yards-per-kick average. The Browns of that era were loaded: there is really no need to exaggerate. But the author does so over and over. One such section about half-way through the book almost made me stop reading and give up. I was glad I didn't, because the story of the Browns in that era was a fascinating one for anyone interested in football history.
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