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'59: The Story of the 1959 Syracuse University National Championship Football Team Hardcover – October 30, 2003

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Fantastic inside look at the making of a National Champion ... A must read for every college football fan. -- Tom LaRochelle, November 5, 2003<br /><br />The story of the 1959 Syracuse Football team is remarkable. Ben, from his heavenly cloud, would be impressed. --Mrs. Ben Schwartzwalder, November 10, 2003

THIS BOOK ROCKS! Dennis Quaid Actor: --Quote from Dennis Quaid about '59

About the Author

Maury Youmans was a member of the 1959 Syracuse University Football Team. He played six years in the NFL with both the Chicago Bears and the Dallas Cowboys.

Gary Youmans was a high school and professional basketball coach. He is a sports marketing consultant and former owner of a minor league basketball team.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 238 pages
  • Publisher: Campbell Road Press; 1st edition (October 30, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0815681399
  • ISBN-13: 978-0815681397
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,749,995 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Jon C. Halter on May 22, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This book is a valuable resource in that the story of the 1959 national champion Syracuse Orange needed to be told. The information gathered in the various interviews is informative and revealing.

That said, was no one assigned to copyedit or fact-check this book? The errors jump out at you from the second sentence of chapter one (where "its" is spelled "it's") and continue throughout, to chapter 19 (where "we're" is spelled "were").

Errors of fact abound, such as referring to Oklahoma coach Bud Wilkinson as "Wilkerson" and Pitt coach John Micheloson as "Michelson." Photos of SU vs. Maryland are misidentified as SU vs. Penn State. And I don't believe the University of Kansas ever used the nickname "Jayhawkers" as the book claims; nor was the Kansas coach in 1959, Jack Mitchell, an All-America at Oklahoma (at least not a consensus All-America).

The book even concludes with an error (of omission). The final page has a list of "1959 Syracuse University Football Team Statistics," categories in which the team led the nation, such as 451.5 yards/game total offense and 39 points/game scoring. However, the listing "Touchdowns -- 21" should be "Passing Touchdowns."

-- Jon C. Halter

Euless, TX

5.22.07
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Great book. Of course, I am biased because my father actually played for this team. But according to my father, the book really captured what went on with that team during that season. Unlike the movie "The Express" which is a totally fabricated movie about the season that Hollywood created to promote racial division. This team was integrated and they boycotted that movie.
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I attended this school when this happened. I went to class with Ernie Davis. College football then was absolutely the best. From the marching band to the fellows you would pass on the way to classes, it was all good. Most of the members of the team were from upstate New York. Four members of the team were in my fraternity. The book tells it like it was and was terrific.
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The book was a factual account of the players, coaches and games that led to the National Championship of College Football in 1959. Interesting quotes from both players and coaches, both living and deceased. I enjoyed it immensely.
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