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Turning of the Tide: How One Game Changed the South Hardcover – September 1, 2006
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For the last 30+ years, including his time as Associate Editor of Sports Illustrated magazine, Don has had a front row seat to study the greatest champions of all time.
Don teaches the lessons he's learned from these great champions and team builders to organizations all over the world with live and virtual professional development programs.
To learn more about these programs, and how Don can motivate your team to perform like champions, please visit Don's website at donyaeger.com
Don Yaeger lives in Tallahassee, FL with his wife Jeanette and their two children Will and Maddie.
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To paraphrase someone in the book, Sam "Bam" Cunningham did more in one football game to accelerate integration in Alabama and the South than the late Rev. King, Jr. did in 25 years.
Hyperbole perhaps but a point worth making.
The only down side to the book is that it isn't really a book.
The author repeated and re-repeated incidents, one surmises, to make it book-length.
That aside, it's a wonderful read.
When USC dominated the Tide 42-21, all of Alabama realized it was time to get some black players. The person who helped influence this choice was Sam Cunningham. A running back for USC, who ran for more than 100 yards in the game, and was African-American.
Once Alabama was integrated, they had great records in their later years, winning many national championships. This truly showed that the color of a person's skin was not a measure of talent. If a school really wanted to win, they would do whatever was neccessary. Having talented players on your team, black or white, was a great way to do this. Once the South took action and integrated, other schools in the area followed.
This made an impact on football teams everywhere, but it more greatly influenced the world as it is today. It showed all colors could act as equals, even when outsiders conceived blacks as inferior. I guess you could say Sam Cunningham could be grouped with other leaders such as Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks because they all helped to create racial equality.
Football, as well as any sport, brings people together, no matter their skin color. This book was a story about how totally different people could come together and play as team. It showed the true beginning of integration in football. I really enjoyed this book and I hope you get a chance to read it.
It was important that it was Sam Cunningham who made it happen.
He is a leader who understands what is important. He and the others help make life better for all of us.
I will share this book with my grandsons so they can understand that it is important to bring others with you on your advantures to success.
The book covered an amazing amount of stories about how sports and athletes can make a difference. Great reading.
I have heard many myths about the game and they were interesting but now an important story has been told by some of those who lives it.
There's never been a fully equivalent game in college football, but one contest came relatively close. That was the 1970 game between Southern California and Alabama, and that game is the subject of Don Yaeger's book, "Turning the Tide."
Yaeger goes through the game early and quickly -- not a bad idea for a review here. Alabama had won championships in the 1960's with an all-white roster, but still hadn't integrated when 1970 rolled around. Southern California came in to Birmingham, and clobbered the Crimson Tide, 42-21, in a game that wasn't, as the cliche goes, as close as the score indicates. Sam Cunningham ran for 135 yards in only 12 carries in a memorable performance.
The legend has it that Alabama realized it needed African Americans on the roster in order to compete. When they arrived, Alabama returned to its spot as one of the nation's best programs.
Yaeger tries to sort through the fact and legend that surround the game to this day. The author points out one important fact relatively early -- two blacks were on the freshman roster for Alabama already, and were ready to play varsity football in 1971. Indeed, Wilbur Jackson and John Mitchell had outstanding careers for the Tide. So integration was coming to Alabama, whether administrators and fans liked it or not ... and some certainly didn't.
The legendary coach Bear Bryant gets credit here for pushing along the process, though.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book. This event is so full of myths and legends that it's hard to believe how much is truth and now much is simply a story that has been passed along. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Brad Taylor
This is one of my FAVORITE Bama Football books! I think I have read any and all written in the time frame even CLOSE to my lifetime, as well as my Grandfathers collection of Bama... Read morePublished 20 months ago by thillskier
A must read if you are a USC fan, but all sports fans will enjoy...and students of the civil rights movement.Published 23 months ago by Randy6052
A MUST READ for all BAMA and USC Trojans fans. Tells the story of what it took to bring the premier team in the SEC into the 20th Centrury!Published on January 27, 2014 by PiperV
One of the most important events in the civil rights struggle struggle that most people just do not know about. Read morePublished on December 26, 2013 by John M.
A great look into the south during the 70s. SC boys of new probably don't know how good they have it. It documents another 'good' for the world from students at USC.Published on December 7, 2012 by SS