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What Giants They Were: New York Giants Greats Talk About Their Teams, Their Coaches, and the Times of Their Lives Paperback – Bargain Price, September 1, 2001

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Richard Whittingham is the author of more than 30 books, including the ESPN 10-part series tie-in Rites of Autumn and the definitive histories of the Chicago Bears, the Dallas Cowboys, and the Washington Redskins. He collaborated on projects with Joe DiMaggio, Sir Edmund Hilary, and Life magazine. He lives in the Chicago area. Wellington Mara was the co-owner of the New York Giants and one of the most influential and iconic figures in the history of the NFL.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Triumph Books (September 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1572434384
  • ASIN: B007F83UY8
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 7.7 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,070,246 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"What Giants They Were" is a fond look back at the New York Giants. Those folks most likely to enjoy WGTW will remember when one specified "football Giants" when referring to that franchise! The tale recalls a very special time for this reviewer: He can well remember taking a short subway trip to Yankee Stadium and purchasing a bleacher ticket-the day of the game. Price: $2.00. He could buy a game program, a coke and 2 hot dogs and still have change from a Lincoln! For the 1963 season, this reviewer bought a season ticket in the bleachers. Price: $28.00! The actual games, it should be mentioned, were played on real GRASS! By November, the green grass was gone, changed to beautiful brown dirt! The Giants owned New York in the Fall. People paid attention to basketball and hockey-but not until Winter. The Manhattan-centric Giants WERE New York sports. The players became small gods, helped by the fact that rosters were stable in those pre-free agent days. The defense, anchored by #70, the great Sam Huff was virtually unchanged from 1956-1963. The team appeared in 6 NFL Championship Games in that span. That they lost the final 5 of those contests did not cost them a single fan. Those Giants were the pinnacle of franchises in a time that can never be recaptured. The memories of the old Giants are enhanced by the brutal fact that living in NYC was, to put it mildly, vastly simpler then. Author Whittingham has dutifully interviewed 20+ former players and coaches. "Someone" on high was cooperating with the author! The very names tell the story: Huff, Gifford, Rote, Webster, Conerly, Katcavage, Lynch, Mozelewski, Robustelli and Summerall. Those unable to instantly supply the relevant first names to those titans of the past will not fully enjoy WGTW.Read more ›
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By A Customer on April 13, 2003
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THIS BOOK IS A COLLECTION OF INTERVIEWS AND SHORT STORIES ABOUT SOME OF THE LEGENDARY GIANTS OF THE EARLY ERA AND MOSTLY OF THE GOLDEN ERA OF THE LATE 50'S AND EARLY 60'S. IT IS A FASCINATING COLLECTION ALONG WITH SOME GREAT PICTURES. I REALLY LOVED THIS BOOK, EVEN THOUGH I AM A BROWNS FAN. A BOOK THAT SHOULD BE A MUST READ FOR GIANT AND THE NOSTALGIC FOOTBALL FAN.
VERY RECOMMENDED.
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Great book about the older giants.lots of pictures and text about the giants in the 50's and 60's a good find.
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