- Hardcover: 368 pages
- Publisher: PublicAffairs; First Edition edition (November 4, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 158648477X
- ISBN-13: 978-1586484774
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 12 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,496,749 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Passing Game: Benny Friedman and the Transformation of Football Hardcover – November 4, 2008
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This biography does a fantastic job of telling the life of Benny Friedman, a Jewish kid who had to buck the odds and discrimination to become the first Jewish captain of the Michigan Wolverines football team.
What struck me most about this biography is what a passing phenomenon he was in the late 1920's and 1930's when the football was a big fat mostly roundish lump that wasn't really throw able. And an incomplete pass was a penalty! Yet, he used the pass effectively and if you take the era into account, and the state of the ball and the rules, an all-time great at quarterback. And oh, he could run the ball very, very effectively too. Of course in that era the quarterback had to be a runner too.
That it took until 2005 for him to make the Hall of Fame which is a travesty of justice. Just as the 1925 NFL Champions were really the Pottsville Maroons not the Chicago Cardinals. NFL never did get that one right, but at least they eventually got Benny Friedman into the Hall of Fame.
MR GREEENBERG MAKES EVERY PAGE EXCITING AND FILLED WITH SPORTS FACTS NOT ONLY FOODBALL BUT ALL OTHERS THAT WERE OCCURING IN THE SAME ERA.I FOUND HIS WRITING FLOWING AND PLEASING TO READ.ONE GOULD TELL THAT HE DID A LOT OF RESEARCH TO COME UP WITH SUCH AN INTERESTING AND INFORMITVE BOOK. THANK YOU MR. GREENBERG FOR A VERY GOOD READ.EAGERY AWAITING YOUR NEXT BOOK.
The book is extremely well written, with some wry comments from time to time. Game by game details of Benny's glory days are presented. The reader gets a real feeling of "being there", whether college or the pros. His early life and post playing life are also nicely covered. I learned he had been a college coach (albeit at small colleges) and served on the carrier Shangra-La in World War II. (World War II aircraft carriers is another of my interests, so this was a nice factoid).
In my reviews I tend to point out minor slipups and there were some in this book. However, none were of consequence, that at all reduced my enjoyment of this wonderful book.