- Hardcover: 216 pages
- Publisher: Turner (September 29, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1596520124
- ISBN-13: 978-1596520127
- Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 0.8 x 12.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #633,673 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Charging Through the AFL: Los Angeles and San Diego Chargers' Football in the 1960s Hardcover – September 29, 2004
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The author, who was being treated for advanced Hodgkins lymphoma at the time, spent 4 years delving in the Chargers archives and interviewing players for this definitive work. The book is filled with never-before-published photos (330 in all) and stories not only of well-known AFL Charger players and coaches, but also lesser-known and obscure players who spent time in the Bolts Powder Blues during the 1960s. In many cases, the author says these were some of the most interesting stories to share. Even former Charger players from that era have expressed amazement at the author's comprehensive efforts at recapturing the feelings of what it was like to be a player in the old AFL.
For those of us oldsters who grew up in the 1960s with the Powder Blues, it will take us back to very fond memories of a bygone era. For those of you who weren't around then, you'll be even more proud of the Chargers legacy that we all now share as fans of the team. The book has been so popular the first printing is already sold out and is now on order for the second run. But it's worth the wait for all fans of the old AFL and those curious about what the "glory years" were all about! Tobias says his next project may be a history of the Coryell years of the Chargers. If his present book is any indication, that work will also be something to really appreciate. Go Bolts!
With its glossy pages and dimensions of just over 12 inches tall and over 9 inches wide, the book is well-suited for presenting photographs. Just about every page has at least one picture.
The book consists of four main sections:
The first is a 15-page chronological narrative history (with photographs).
The second section consists of 16 pages of nothing but photographs. Eight of those pages have at least one color photograph. The only color photographs in the book are in this section. By far most of the book's pictures are in black and white.
The third section is 76 pages and is where the bulk of the reading is for this book. This has the author's interviews of 59 people connected with the Chargers- players, coaches, and one beat writer. Each interview is written up separately and lasts about a page or two.
The last section is 93 pages of San Diego Charger statistics and box scores of every regular and post season Charger game of the 1960's. And, like the rest of the book, there are plenty of photographs throughout this section, too.
The book is well-written. The photographs are enjoyable too. My main complaint (or wish) is that I would have liked a longer chronological narrative of the team's history than the 15-page one provided. However, the interview and statistical sections flesh out much of that history but just in a different format.
I would recommend this book to anyone interested in San Diego Charger history of that era. And I thank the author for writing a book on a much overlooked slice of football history.
A must have for any NFL or AFL fan of any age...
This book is great fun to read for any football fan who enjoys reading about sports history. For folks my age, it is very interesting to read oral histories of players we remember from the AFL days. In some cases, I read or saw a picture of a particular player and remembered their 1966 football cards, one of the best card sets of that decade. The back section of the book is excellent, a season by season recap done game by game.
I didn't give it 5 stars because I would like to see more color photos and more photos of Lance Alworth making catches. He was one of the best ever, right up there with Jerry Rice.
Overall, this is a very good history of the Chargers and their place in pro football history and especially American Football League history.
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I watched my first televised football game on September 28, 1969 when I tuned into NBC to watch the San Diego Chargers play Broadway Joe Namath and the New York Jets with broadcast... Read morePublished on August 9, 2010 by Tom
This book is a treasure if you were a follower of the AFL. And it does not matter what team you followed, you will like to old pictures and stories when it seemed players loved... Read morePublished on May 24, 2008 by James P. Manfred
The gang is all here! Coach Sid Gillman, QBs
Tobin Rote (who started in the CFL!), WR Lance
Alworth, RBs Keith Lincoln, et, al. Read more
An outstanding and informative history of the LA/SD Chargers from their inception in 1960 through their entire 10 year history in the American Football League. Read morePublished on August 13, 2007 by Michael Papp