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informative look at JFK and the 1963 Navy football team
on October 26, 2013
I absolutely loved The President's Team. Despite the subtitle, the focus is really on the Navy football team, particularly the amazing 1963 team.
It's mostly a sports book, with some history and politics thrown in.
Besides the Navy team itself, every contact the team had with JFK, such as his visit to their practice in Rhode Island in 1962, either personally or by mail, was discussed in depth. How JFK, as commander in chief, would try, unsuccessfully, to remain impartial but his time as a Navy officer during WW2 showed his true loyalties.
The author unearthed some amazing facts, such as the postponed Army/Navy game saw the introduction of TV instant replay (viewers were baffled because it came without much warning).
In the back of the book, the author does a "where are they now" for each member of the 1963 Navy football team (41 of the 44 players, I think), talking about their military and post-military careers. Three died while serving in the military and five eventually became admirals.
This is an extremely interesting, informative book about an angle of history I've heard little about. Highly recommended!!