Canadian Football Books

Canadian Football Books

Postby Retro Rider » Thu Jul 23, 2020 3:50 pm

Compiled from various sources, here's a list of books relating to Canadian football (there are likely more):

1965 Blue Bombers: A Profile in Words and Pictures of a Return to Glory. Pictorial review of the 1965 Bombers season. Softcover (48 pages). No ISBN

Ackles, Bobby with Ian Mulgrew. The Water Boy: From the Sidelines to the Owner’s Box, Inside the CFL, the XFL, and the NFL. Canada: John Wiley & Sons Canada Ltd., 2007.

Allan, Tony (1954). Grey Cup or Bust: The Fabulous Story of the West’s Eternal Quest. Winnipeg: Stovel-Advocate Press Ltd. No ISBN

Allan, Tony (1959). Grey Cup Cavalcade. Winnipeg: Harlequin Books Ltd. #480. No ISBN

Allan, Tony (1961). Football Flashbacks. Winnipeg: Harlequin Books #622. No ISBN

Allan, Tony (1962). Football Today and Yesterday, the Grid Games in Canada 1920-1961. Winnipeg: Harlequin Books #694. No ISBN

Bacon, Dick (1978). Sam Berger’s Alouettes. Saint Lambert, Quebec: Les Editions Heritage Inc. ISBN 9780777338223 (NOTE: English version of the book by Charles Bordeleau)

Barnes, Ian (1994). A Tradition of Excellence 1869 – 1994. North American Sports Communications. No ISBN - Hamilton Football 125th Anniversary book

Barnes, Laverne (1971). The Plastic Orgasm. Toronto: McClelland and Stewart Ltd. ISBN 978-0771010118

Barnes, Laverne (1973). The Plastic Orgasm. Toronto: Pocket Book/Simon and Schuster. ISBN 671-78125-1

Barrett, Warrick with Scott Michel (1996). Johnny Bright, Champion. Edmonton: Commonwealth Publications. ISBN 978-0595097043

Blue Bombers '66: Action Packed Pictures & Review of '66. Pictorial Review of the 1966 Bombers season. Softcover (48 pages). No ISBN

Bordeleau, Charles (1978). Les Alouettes de Sam Berger. Montreal: Editions Héritage. ISBN 9780777338216 (NOTE: French version of the book by Dick Bacon)

Boyd, Denny and Brian Scrivener (1997). Legends of Autumn: The Glory Years of Canadian Football. Vancouver. Greystone Books. ISBN 1-55054-591-7

Brigance, O.J. and Peter Schrager Strength of a Champion: Finding Faith and Fortitude Through Adversity. New York, NY: New American Library, a division of Penguin Group (USA) LLC., 2013

Brignall, Richard (2010). China Clipper: Pro Football’s First Chinese-Canadian Player, Normie Kwong. Toronto: James Lorimer & Company, Ltd. ISBN 978-1-55277-528-8 (For young readers)

Brown, David W. (1993) Saskatchewan Rugby: A History. Regina: Saskatchewan Rugby Union and the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame and Museum. ISBN 978-0969631835

Bruneau, Pierre and Pierre Turbis (2007). La Grande Histoire des Alouettes de Montréal. Longueuil, Quebec: Les Éditions de l’Homme. ISBN 978-2761920094

Brunt, Stephen (2012). 100 Grey Cups. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart Ltd. ISBN 978-0-7710-1744-5

Cahill, Leo with Scott Young (1973). Goodbye Argos. Toronto: McClelland and Stewart Ltd. 0-7710-9062-5

Cahill, Leo with Scott Young (1974). Goodbye Argos. Toronto: Pocket Book. 671-78657-1

Calder, Bob and Garry Andrews (1984). Rider Pride: The Story of Canada’s Best Loved Football Team. Saskatoon: Western Producer Prairie Books. ISBN 0-88833-128-2

Calder, Robert, Gord Staseson, Julie Folk, Bob Hughes, Rob Vanstone, Darrell Davis and Dan Marce (2009). Saskatchewan Roughriders — First 100 Years. Regina: The Leader-Post Carrier Foundation Inc. ISBN 978-1-8970190-61-7

Callwood, June (2000). The Man Who Lost Himself: The Terry Evanshen Story. Toronto: McClelland and Stewart Inc. ISBN 0-7710-1863-0

Callwood, June (2000). The Man Who Lost Himself: The Terry Evanshen Story. Toronto: McClelland and Stewart Inc. ISBN 0-7710-1842-8

Canadian Football Hall of Fame (2013). Celebrating 50 Years of Memories: Canadian Football Hall of Fame and Museum. Self-Published. No ISBN.

Chaput, John with Edward Yuen (2006). The Canadian Football Buzz Book 2006. Self-published. No ISBN

Chaput, John (2013). Saskatchewan Tough: The Lives and Stories of Homegrown Saskatchewan Roughriders. Self-published. ISBN xxxx

Clemons, Michael “Pinball” (1998). All Heart: My Story. Toronto: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd. ISBN 0-00-200008-3

Clemons, Michael “Pinball” (1999). All Heart: My Story. Toronto: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd. ISBN 0-00-638622-9

Coleman, Jim The Best of Jim Coleman: Fifty Years of Canadian Sport from the Man Who Saw it All. Canada: Harbour, 2005.

Cosentino, Frank (1969). Canadian Football: The Grey Cup Years. Toronto: Musson Book Co. Ltd. No ISBN.
Reprinted in 2017 by Lulu Press. ISBN 978-1-365-98182-1

Cosentino, Frank (1995). A Passing Game: A History of the CFL. Winnipeg: Bain & Cox. ISBN 0-921368-51-8

Cosentino, Frank (2014). Canadian Football 1995-2014: Home Again. USA: Lulu Press. ISBN 978-1-312-72652-9 (Softcover 262 pages)

Cosentino, Frank (2016). Canadian Football 1969-1982: Closed Doors and Alberta Crude. USA: Lulu Press. ISBN 978-1-365-50338-2 (Softcover 273 pages)

Cosentino, Frank (2017). Canadian Football 1983-1994: Gone South. USA: Lulu Press. ISBN 978-1-365-65196-0
(Softcover 282 pages)

Cosentino, Frank and Don Morrow (1981). Lionel Conacher. Toronto: Fitzhenry & Whiteside, Limited. ISBN 9780889026797

Craig, John (1976). Football is Fun. Toronto: Colban of Canada. ISBN 0889660166, 0889660174 (Instructional)

Crawford, Rufus with William Strecker (1990). Rufus Baby: A Dream to Defeat the Odds. Hamilton: Mini Mocho Press. ISBN 921980043

Currie, Gordon (1968). 100 Years of Canadian Football. Toronto: Pagurian Press Ltd. No ISBN

Currie, Gordon (1969). 100 Years of Canadian Football. Don Mills: Greywood Publishing Ltd. No ISBN (Paperback)

Czuboka, Michael (2016). Mosaic Stadium; A History in Photos; The Farewell Season 1910-2016
Published by Saskatchewan Roughriders/Sasktel,
Regina, Sk (2016). Hardcover 34pp. Full colour photgraphs of Taylor Field as well as game highlights. A list of the inductees to the Plaza of Honour are listed.

Danakas, John (2007). Choice of Colours: The Pioneering African-American Quarterbacks Who Changed the Face of Football. Toronto: James Lorimer and Company, Ltd. ISBN 978-1550289916 (For young readers)

Daub, Mervin (1996). Gael Force: A Century of Football at Queen’s University. Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press. ISBN 9780773515093

Davis, Darrell and Solilo, John (2017). Football in Focus: Five Decades of Filming Pro Games. Regina: DriverWorks Ink and the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame and Museum. ISBN 9780986758041

Dean, Bob (2010). What’s Left?: The Bob Dean Story. Edmonton: Corporate Copy. ISBN 978-0-9867990 0-6

Desjardins, Robert (1966). 20 Ans avec Alouettes Montreal. LOCATION: Edition des Success Populaire. ISBN xxxx (Oversized magazine pictorial reviewing Alouettes first 20 seasons)

Dowdall, Brent (1999). Turnover: The Fumbling of the Ottawa Rough Riders. Self-published. ISBN 1-894439-01-5

Drake, Stephen (2009). Weird Facts about Canadian Football. Edmonton: Lone Pine Pub. ISBN 978-1-897277-26-3

Dudley, Brian (1996). A Fan's Guide to: Canadian Football (CFL), American Football (NFL). Vancouver: Titan Pub.

Dunigan, Matt and Jim Taylor (2007). Goin’ Deep: The Life and Times of a CFL Quarterback. Vancouver: Harbour Publishing. 978-1550174489

Dunlop Art Gallery (2010) Building Pride: Saskatchewan Roughrider Centennial Exhibitions. Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame and Museum: Regina, Sk. ISBN 978-1-894882-37-8 (192 pages of full colour art displays featuring the Saskatchewan Roughriders football team)

Ealey Richardson, Jael (2012). The Stone Thrower: A Daughter’s Lesson, a Father’s Life. Markham, Ont.: Thomas Allen & Son. ISBN 978-1771022057

Edwards, Johnny “Jake” (1947). Canadian Football. Toronto: Copp Clark Co. Ltd. No ISBN (Instructional)

Ferroni, Ronald A. (2001). The 2001 Unofficial Canadian Football Encyclopedia. Self-published. No ISBN

Fischler, Stan (1984). Stan Fischler’s Amazing Trivia From the World of Football. Markham, Ont.: Penguin Books Canada Ltd. ISBN 0-14-007388-4

Flutie, Doug with Perry Lefko (1997). Flutie. Toronto: Warwick Publishing Inc. ISBN 1-895629-98-5

Fogel, Curtis (2013). Game-Day Gangsters: Crime and Deviance in Canadian Football. Edmonton: Athabasca University Press. ISBN: 978-1-927356-53-1.

Froggett, Louise (1995). Gridiron Greats of Saskatchewan. Hamilton: Canadian Football Hall of Fame. ISBN 9780969999003

Gabriel, Tony and Stanley Fillmore (1978). Double Trouble. Toronto: Gage Publishing. ISBN 0-7715-93821-1

Gabriel, Tony and Stanley Fillmore (1978). Double Trouble. Toronto: Thomas Nelson & Sons. ISBN 0-17-600753-9

Gilchrist, Cookie (2011). The Cookie That Did Not Crumble. Orchard Park, N.Y.: U Are Superstar, LLC. ISBN 978-0984688500

Giles, Jeffrey (2001). Bigger Balls: The CFL and Overcoming the Canadian Inferiority Complex. Etobicoke, Ont.: Winding Stair Press. ISBN 1-55366-083-8

Goodman, Jeffrey (1981). Huddling Up: The Inside Story of the Canadian Football League. Toronto: Fitzhenry and Whiteside Ltd. ISBN 0-88902-58-0

Goodman, Jeffrey (1982). Huddling Up: The Inside Story of the Canadian Football League. Toronto: Fitzhenry and Whiteside Ltd. ISBN 0-88902-71-61

Goodwin, Lou, ed. (1979). Fall Madness: A History of Senior and Professional Football in Calgary, Alberta, 1908-1978. Calgary: Stampeders Football Club. No ISBN.
This book offers an extensive, detailed look at the history and development of football in Calgary from 1908 until the year it was written in 1978. Included in this book is information on the Tigers, the 1948-49 Calgary Stampeders' Grey Cup victory, general manager Jack Gotta and his contributions to reviving the Stampeders, the many Calgarians in the Canadian Football Hall of Fame, the various Calgary football coaches, Calgary award recipients, and the Calgary players on Western Conference All-Star teams between 1937 and 1978 as well as on Canadian Football League All-Star teams between 1962 and 1978. Organized chronologically, the book commences with a brief chapter introducing the sport of football and includes 14 appendices at the conclusion which contribute statistical and additional information on the evolving Stampeder Board of Directors between 1948-1978, the various Presidents and Managers of Calgary Football Clubs between 1928-1979 as well as Calgary Football coaches, and Calgary's record in football championships, just to name a few.

Grant, Bud and Jim Bruton (2013). I Did It My Way: A Remarkable Journey to the Hall of Fame. Chicago: Triumph Books. ISBN 978-1600787867

Gregory, John and Carolyn Gregory So You Want To Be a Football Coach. Independent, 2018.

Hall, Richie and Guy Sholz Smoke and Mirrors: Life in the CFL with Richie Hall. Canada: Polished Publishing Group, 2017.

Hall, Ryan et al. (Football Canada) Coaching Canadian Football. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics, 2018.

Hopson, Jim with Darrell Davis. Running the Riders: My Decade as CEO of Canada’s Team. Regina, Canada: DriverWorks Ink, 2015.

Hughes, Bob; Embury, Margo (2003). Regina Rams: A Winning Tradition. Regina: Centax Books & Distribution. ISBN 9781894022958

Hunter, Gorde and Keith Matthews (1964). The Stampeder Story. Calgary: Stampeders Football Club. No ISBN.

Irving, Bob, ed. (2005). Blue and Gold: 75 Years of Bomber Glory. Winnipeg: Great Plains Publications. ISBN 1-89428-3-59-7

Januska, Michael (2012). Grey Cup Century. Toronto: Dundurn. ISBN 978-1459704480

Jones, Terry (1981). Canadian Pro Football ’81. Markham, Ont.: PaperJacks Ltd. ISBN 0-7701-0195-x

Jones, Terry (1982). Canadian Pro Football ’82. Markham, Ont.: PaperJacks Ltd. ISBN 0-7701-0228-x

Jones, Terry (1983). Canadian Pro Football ’83. Markham, Ont.: PaperJacks Ltd. ISBN 0-7701-0266-2

Jones, Terry (1984). Canadian Pro Football ’84. Markham, Ont.: PaperJacks Ltd. ISBN 0-7701-0312-x

Jones, Terry (1985). Canadian Pro Football ’85. Markham, Ont.: PaperJacks Ltd. ISBN 0-7701-0377-4

Jones, Terry (2016). Epic Legacy of the Edmonton Eskimos. Epic Legacies Inc.
Tipping the scales at ten pounds and beautifully packaged in a custom gift box, each book is individually numbered and contains a certificate of authenticity. Features include in-page pockets containing letters from well-known players, autograph cards, a team statistical record book, fold-out photo pages – even an award panel featuring plastic-coated photo reproductions of the Eskimos’ twelve Grey Cup rings. Limited Edition.

Jutras, Johany Our League Our Country/Notre Ligue Notre Pays. Drummondville, Canada: Imprimerie FL Chicoine, 2015.

Kelly, Graham (1999). The Grey Cup: A History. Red Deer, Alta.: Johnston Gorman Publishers. ISBN 0-921835-53-1

Kelly, Graham (2001). Green Grit: The Story of the Saskatchewan Roughriders. Toronto: Harper Collins Publishers Ltd. ISBN 0-00-200077-6

Kelly, Graham (2003). Grey Cup Glory!: The Edmonton Eskimos’ 2003 Championship Season. Calgary: Johnson Gorman Publishers. ISBN 0-921835-70-1

Kelly, Graham (2005). Greatest Grey Cups: The Best of Canadian Football. Canmore, Alta.: Altitude Publishing. ISBN 978-1554390564

Kelly, Graham (2010). Go Stamps Go: The Story of the Calgary Stampeders. Calgary: Panorama Press. ISBN 978-0-921835-00-4

Kelly, Graham (2012). Grey Cup 100. Edmonton: Full Court Press. ISBN 978-1-926677-85-9

Kelly, Graham (2012). Saskatchewan Roughriders: The Players, the History and the Fans. Montreal: OverTime Books. ISBN 9781897277232

Kepley, Dan with Jim Taylor (1983). The Edmonton Eskimos: Inside the Dynasty. Toronto: Methuen Publications. ISBN 0-458-97040-9

Kollins, Rick; Carson, Paul; Speers, Ian (2011). 150 Years of Football at the University of Toronto. Toronto: Faculty of Physical Education and Health, Univ. of Toronto. ISBN 9780772753014

Komenda, Josef (2005). The Scoop 1968-1983: CFL Commissioner Jake Gaudaur’s 16 years of Annual Reports to the League. Self-published in four volumes and one eBook. No ISBN

Leah, Vince (1980). History of the Blue Bombers. Winnipeg: Blue Bomber Football Club. No ISBN

Lefebvre, Gary (2001). The Ultimate Reception. St. Albert, Alta.: Multiple Blessing Unlimited. ISBN 9780968988107

Lefko, Perry (2006). Pinball: The Making of a Canadian Hero. Mississauga, Ont.: John Wiley & Sons Canada, Ltd. ISBN 978-0-470-836990-3

Lenard, A.L. (1976). Canadian Football Instructor. Kingston: Queen’s University. ISBN xxxx

Ling, Nils (1984). True Blue: An Inside Look at a Championship Season. Winnipeg: Wordsnorth Communication Services Ltd. ISBN 0-9691-982-0-5

MacCabe, Eddie (1969). Profile of a Pro: The Russ Jackson Story. Toronto: Prentice Hall of Canada Ltd. ISBN 13-725929-8

MacCabe, Eddie (1971). Profile of a Pro: The Russ Jackson Story. Toronto: Learning Concepts Ltd. No ISBN

Matheson, Jack (1991). 60 Years and Running. Winnipeg: Jostens Canada Ltd. No ISBN. Leatherbound/navy blue with gold embossed "W" on cover. Limited to 2,000 numbered copies.

Maher, Tod and Bob Gill (2011-2012-2013). The Canadian Pro Football Encyclopedia. Self-published in annual editions. ISBN 978-0-9835136-6-7 (2013 edition)

Malich, Rob (1999). The 1999 Toronto Argonauts Almanac. Burlington, Ont.: North Shore Publishing Inc. ISBN 1-896899-11-0

Malycky, Andy (2010). Collecting Canadian Football, Vol. 1. Self-published. ISBN 978-0-9865662-0-2

Malycky, Andy (2013) Collecting Canadian Football, Vol. 2. Self-published. ISBN xxxx

Marshall, Brian (2011). The 1954 Montreal Alouettes. Self-published. ISBN 978-0-9867435-0-4.

McAllister, Ron (1950). Football Stars . . . Today and Yesterday. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart Ltd. No ISBN

McAthey, Mark (2004). The 1954 Edmonton Eskimos. Self-published. ISBN 9780973671001

McAuley, Jim (2016). Inside the Huddle: Rough Riders to Redblacks
Published by John Ruddy
ISBN 10: 0994029004 / ISBN 13: 9780994029003

McEvoy, Terry (2006). Rider Pride on the American Side: A Minnesota Family Discovers the Canadian Football League. Minnesota: Northern Road Press. ISBN 978-0615193441

McGrane, Bill (1986). Bud: The Other Side of the Glacier. New York: HarperCollins Children’s Books. ISBN 978-0060155834

McMurtry, Roy Memoirs and Reflections. Canada: University of Toronto Press, 2013.

McNall, Bruce with Michael D’Antonio (2003). Fun While It Lasted. New York: Hyperion. ISBN 0-7868-6864-3

Moon, Warren with Don Yaeger (2009). Never Give up on your Dream: My Journey. Cambridge, Mass.: Da Capo Press. ISBN 978-0306818240

Mosca, Angelo with Steve Milton (2011). Tell Me To My Face. Self-published. ISBN 978-1-105-01836-7

Nasewich, Rod and Sheldon Green. The Rider Book of Lists Regina, Canada: The authors, 2010.

Nielsen, Robert F. (1972). Garney Henley: A Gentleman and a Tiger. Hamilton: Potlatch Publications. ISBN 0-919676-00-6

Nicol, Eric and Dave Moore (1980). The Joy of Football. Edmonton: Hurtig Publishers. ISBN 0-88830-183-9 (Humour)

O’Brien, Steve (2004). The CFL: The Phoenix of Professional Sports Leagues. Self-published. ISBN 978-1411658608

O’Brien, Steve (2005). The CFL: The Phoenix of Professional Sports Leagues. Self-published. ISBN 978-1411613027

O’Keefe, Betty and Ian MacDonald (2006). Disaster on Mount Slesse: The Story of Western Canada’s Worst Air Crash. Halfmoon Bay, B.C: Caitlin Press. ISBN 978-1894759212

O’Leary, Jim and Wayne Parrish, eds. (2006). Double Blue: An Illustrated History of the Toronto Argonauts. ECW Press. ISBN 978-1-55022-779-6

Payne, Neil (2001). Crime and Punishment: Life as a CFL Official. Winnipeg: J. Gordon Shillingford Publishing Inc. ISBN 1-896239-69-2

Pedersen, Rod (2008). Green Magic: Canada’s Team Wins the 2007 Grey Cup. Regina: Saskatchewan Roughriders Football Club. No ISBN

Phillips, Curt (1997). Saskatchewan Roughrider Player Reference: 1960-1996. Self-published. ISBN 9780968221105

Powers, Ned (2006). The Hilltops: A Canadian Junior Football Legacy. Saskatoon. Saskatoon Hilltop Junior Football Club and the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame and Museum. ISBN 978-0968196571

Preston, Holly The ALWAYS Team. Canada: Your Nickel’s Worth Publishing, 2010. (For young readers)

Preston, Holly The ALWAYS Team – Trouble in Riderville. Canada: Always Books, 2011. (For young readers)

Preston, Holly The ALWAYS Team – The Search for Rider Nation. Canada: Always Books, 2013. (For young readers)

Prior, Anthony (2006). The Slave Side of Sunday. Vancouver: Stonehold Books. ISBN 978-1419630262

Profit, Mel with Terry Hancey (1972). For Love, Money, and Future Considerations. Toronto: D C Heath Canada Ltd. ISBN 0-669-80572-6

Proudfoot, Tony (2006). First and Goal: The CFL and the Pursuit of Excellence. Bolton, Ont: Fern Publishing Co. Ltd. ISBN 1-55168-316-4

Provost, Adam, Morgan Pampe and Cody Cornale, eds. (2007). Danny McManus: A Legend On and Off the Field. Self-published. ISBN 9780615169569

Racicot, Lynne and Howie Mooney (1995). Third and Long: The Proud History of Football in Ottawa. Ottawa: Avant-Garde Communications. ISBN 9780969985303

Racine, Thom and Moe Racine (2014). Moe the Toe: Never My Dream. Canada: Self-published. ISBN 9780986697845

Redmond, Gerald, Terry Jones and Ray Turchansky (1980). Decade of Excellence. Edmonton: Executive Sport Publications Ltd. ISBN 0-919035-10-8

Redmond, Gerald (1989). Forty Years of Tradition: The Edmonton Eskimos 1949 to 1989. Edmonton: ESP Marketing and Communications Ltd. ISBN 0-919035-50-7

Reed, George and John Chaput (2011). George Reed: His Life and Times. Regina: Centax Books. No ISBN.

Reed, T. A (1945). The Blue and White. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. No ISBN

Reeve, Ted (1955). Grandstand Quarterback: Canadian Football and How to Watch It. Toronto: Longmans, Green & Co. No ISBN

Reid, Angus Thank You Coach: Learning How to Live by Being Taught How to Play. Canada: ABR Media, 2018.

Ridgway, Dave with David A. Paulsen, (1995). Robokicker: An Odyssey Through the CFL. Red Deer: Johnson Gorman Publishers. ISBN 0-921835-44-2

Ridgway, Dave with David A. Paulsen, (1995). Robokicker: An Odyssey Through the CFL. Red Deer: Johnson Gorman Publishers. ISBN 0-921835-34-5

Rosmos, Roy and Scott Taylor (2011). Quiet Hero: The Ken Ploen Story. Winnipeg: Roslor Publishing. ISBN 978-0-9869429-0-7

Rosmos, Roy and Scott Taylor (2017). The Jonas Era. ISBN: 978-0-9869429-1-4
format: Hardcover
series: Illustrated Stories of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers
pages: 132
publisher: Roslor Publishing
pub. date: 2017-10-01

Rosmos, Roy and Scott Taylor (2018). Dieter Brock Through The Championship Years (1975-1990). ISBN: 978-0-9869429-2-1
format: Hardcover
series: Illustrated Stories of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers
pages: 176
publisher: Roslor Publishing
pub. date: 2018-10-01

Rosmos, Roy and Scott Taylor (2019). The Beginning, Through The Golden Years 1930-1967, Vol. 1. Softcover
*Author's Proof Special Edition (limited to 50 copies). This 2019 version came signed by both authors and oldest living Blue Bomber, Bud Irving (1945-1950). Available only from Roy Rosmos; Note: Hardcover edition (limited to 1,000 copies) was scheduled for release in 2020. Terrific interview with authors Scott Taylor & Roy Rosmus here:
https://omny.fm/shows/cjob-sports-show- ... eport-with

Rowe, Robert (2013). Pappy: The Life Story of Canadian Hall of Fame Great Paul Rowe. Self-Published. ISBN 978-0-9879621-0-2

Sicinski, Larry (1998). The 1998 Hamilton Tiger-Cats Almanac. Burlington, Ont.: North Shore Publishing Inc. ISBN 1-896899-05-6

Sicinski, Larry (1999). The 1999 Hamilton Tiger-Cats Almanac. Burlington, Ont.: North Shore Publishing Inc. ISBN 1-896899-10-2

Skrien, Dave with Dick Beddoes (1965). Countdown to Grey Cup: The Story of the B. C. Lions. Toronto: McClelland and Stewart Ltd. No ISBN

Slade, Darryl (2009). Stampeders: The Year of the Horse. Self-published. No ISBN.
This book is a detailed, comprehensive compilation of statistics on the Calgary Stampeders football team from 1945 to 2008. In addition, basic statistics, history and photographs of the Calgary Bronks (1936-1940) are included on pages 19-33. For each football season, a brief history is available along with copious team and individual football player photographs. Typical statistics include: the team roster, east-west and Calgary standings, game scores and scoring. Detailed statistics of rushing, passing, receiving, punting, kickoffs, interceptions fumbles, blocks and converts are also offered.

Slade, Darryl (2012). Stampeders: Grey Cup or Bust. Self-published. ISBN xxxx.

Slade, Daryl Sugarfoot: Ezzrett “Sugarfoot” Anderson. Canada, 2018.

Smith, Donald, Robert Challe and John Spears (1977). Yards: The Official 1977 Canadian Football League Yearbook. Hamilton: Yards Publishing Ltd. No ISBN

Smith, Larry (1972). Canadian Football Hall of Fame. Hamilton: Canadian Football Hall of Fame. ISBN xxxx

Smith, Melvin I. (2003). Early American and Canadian ‘Football’: Beginnings Through 1883/84. Self-published. ISBN 978-1410728005

Smith, Ron (2011). Kid Dynamite: The Gerry James Story. Saskatoon: Western Producer Prairie Books. ISBN 978-0889822764

Snyder, Ron (2020). The Baltimore Stallions: The Brief, Brilliant History of the CFL Champion Franchise. McFarland ISBN 978-1476678412
Interview with author Ron Snyder here:
https://youtu.be/s_XBcA1em5g

Sommerville, Tedd (1974). Canadian Football: The Pigskin Preacher. Toronto: Sportbook Ltd. ISBN 0-919824-00-5 (Instructional)

Spector, David (1979). Contenders and Champions: The Winnipeg Blue Bombers, 1933-1977. Winnipeg: Sports Talk Publications. ISBN 9780969003304

Stebbins, Robert A. (1987). Canadian Football: The View From the Helmet. London: Centre for Social and Humanistic Studies, University of Western Ontario. ISBN 0-7714-0865-x

Stebbins, Robert A. (1987). Canadian Football: The View From the Helmet. London: Centre for Social and Humanistic Studies, University of Western Ontario. ISBN 0-7714-0866-8

Stebbins, Robert A. (1993). Canadian Football: The View From the Helmet (reprint with new introduction).Toronto: Canadian Scholars’ Press. ISBN 9781551300351

Stillwagon, Jim, Tom Stillwagon, Jim Young and Zenon Andrusyshyn (1974). Football Basics. Toronto: Methuen Publications. ISBN 0-458-91160-7

Stillwagon, Jim, Tom Stillwagon, Jim Young and Zenon Andrusyshyn (1974). Football Basics. Toronto: Methuen Publications. ISBN 0-458-91150-x

Storey, Red with Brodie Snyder (1994). Red’s Story. Toronto: Macmillan Canada. ISBN 978-0771590900

Strode, Woody (1990). Goal Dust. Aurora, Ont.: Madison Books. ISBN 978-0819176806

Sullivan, Jack (1955). The Grey Cup Story: 1909-1955. Toronto: Beattie Publications. No ISBN

Sullivan, Jack (1970). The Grey Cup Story: The Dramatic History of Football’s Most Coveted Award. Toronto: Pagurian Press. ISBN 0-919364-04-7

Sullivan, Jack (1972). The Grey Cup Story: The Dramatic History of Football’s Most Coveted Award. Toronto: Pagurian Press Ltd. 0-919364-04-7

Sullivan, Jack (1974). The Grey Cup Story: The Dramatic History of Football’s Most Coveted Award (New Revised Edition). Toronto: Pagurian Press Ltd. 0-919364-67-5

Swinburne, Donald G. (1978). The Complete Toronto Playbook. Toronto: Book Marketing Ideas. ISBN 0969089007 (Humour)

Tait, Ed (2020). For the W: 107th Blue Bombers Commemorative Grey Cup Championship Book. Hardcover
Ed Tait chronicles the 2019 championship season and the road to the 107th Grey Cup in For The W, a commemorative book including a foreword by the voice of the Blue Bombers, 680 CJOB’s Bob Irving, and an essay by receiver Drew Wolitarsky.

Tasman, Peter (1993). Don Getty, All Canadian. Hanna: Gorman and Gorman. ISBN 0921835280

Teitel, Jay (1982). The Argo Bounce. Toronto: Lester and Orpen Dennys Ltd. ISBN 0-88619-034-7

Teitel, Jay (1983). The Argo Bounce (Revised and Updated). Toronto: Lester and Orpen Dennys Ltd. ISBN 0-88619-033-9

Theismann, Joe (1973). Quarterbacking. Toronto: Collier-Macmillan Canada Ltd. ISBN 02-975650-2

Thiele, Stephen (1997). Heroes of the Game: A History of the Grey Cup. Norval. Ont.: Moulin Publishing Ltd. ISBN 1-896867-04-9
An overview of the Grey Cup championships from its beginnings in 1909 when Albert George Grey donated a trophy for the Amateur rugby football championship of Canada up until the year the book was written in 1996. The author provides a colorful look back at the many Canadian heroes who left their mark on football as well as takes you through the fast-paced plays which defined the many vies for the Cup and includes quotes from those who have participated in the games. Also included is an introduction by the author as well as a chapter which provides a brief history of Canadian football prior to the establishment of the Grey Cup during the period 1861 till 1908 then proceeds through the decades of Grey Cup championships. Many of the chapters include pivotal games played by Alberta's own Calgary Stampeders as well as the Edmonton Eskimos. At the conclusion of the book are various statistics which consist of Grey Cup results, scoring summaries, participants and coaches, individual player statistics, team records, MVPs and year-by-year playoff scores.

Thomas, Willie (1987). Third and Long: Inside the CFL. Saskatoon: Western Producer Prairie Books. ISBN 0-88833-230-0

Trestman, Marc with Ross Bernstein Perseverance: Life Lessons on Leadership and Teamwork USA: Bernstein Books, 2010.

Vanstone, Rob (2009). West Riders Best (1966: Before, Then and After). Regina: The Leader-Post Carrier Foundation Inc. ISBN 978-1-897010-60-0

Vanstone, Rob (2010). The Greatest Grey Cup Ever (1989: Before, Then and After). Regina: The Leader-Post Carrier Foundation Inc. ISBN 978-1-897010-69-3

Vanstone, Rob (2019). 100 Things Roughriders Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die. Chicago, USA: Triumph Books. ISBN 978-1629376448

Volpe, Nick (1966). Modern Canadian Football. Toronto: Canadian Association for Health, Physical Education and Recreation Inc. No ISBN

Walker, Gordon (1974). CFL 74: Official Yearbook. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold Ltd. ISBN 0-442-29912-5

Walker, Gordon (1987). Grey Cup Tradition: The Official Commemorative Book of the 75th Anniversary of the Grey Cup. Edmonton: E.S.P. Marketing and Communication Ltd. ISBN 01-919035-47-7
This 75 year commemorative look back at the Grey Cup tradition is complete with extensive photos, a full list of Grey Cup players and management and concludes with the Grey Cup scoring summaries.

Walker, Gord and Terry Walker …And That’s Why I Love the Argos: A Lifelong Passion. Unpublished.

Wallace, Craig (2005). A Slip in the Rain: The True Story of the 1967-72 Toronto Argonauts and the Fumble That Killed Canada’s Team. Self-published. ISBN 1-4116-1392-9

Wallen, James R. Gridiron Underground: Black American Journeys in Canadian Football, Toronto, Canada: Dundurn, 2019.

Watts, J.C. with Chriss Winton (2003). What Color is a Conservative?: My Life and My Politics. New York: Harper Collins. ISBN 0060932406

Whitehead, Ian. Two on the 55 yard line. Self-published. No ISBN

Willes, Ed (2013). End Zones and Border Wars: The Era of American Expansion in the CFL. Vancouver: Harbour Publishing. ISBN 978-1550176148

Wirtanen, John (2000). Thrown to the Lions: 45 Years of B.C. Lions Football. Self-published. ISBN 1-55212-438-X

Wirtanen, John (2001). Thrown to the Lions: The B.C. Lions at Empire Stadium (1954-1982). Self-published. ISBN 9781552124383 (Note: three Wirtanen books appear to have same ISBN)

Wirtanen, John (2006). BC Lions Football: The First 50 Years 1954-2003. Self-published. ISBN 1-4120-3424-8

Wirtanen, John (2010). BC Lions Memorabilia, Part 1. Self-published. ISBN 9781552124383 (Note: three Wirtanen books appear to have same ISBN)

Wirtanen, John (2010). BC Lions Memorabilia, Part 2. Self-published. ISBN 9781552124383 (Note: three Wirtanen books appear to have same ISBN)

Woods, Paul (2013). Bouncing Back: From National Joke to Grey Cup Champs. Self-published. ISBN 978-1-304-10638-4

Young, Jim with Jim Taylor (1974). Dirty 30. Toronto: Methuen Publications. ISBN 0-458-91090-2

Young, Jim with Jim Taylor (1974). Dirty 30. Toronto: Methuen Publications. ISBN 0-458-91610-2

Young, Robert Allan (2017). What Doesn’t Kill You: The Lyle Bauer Story. Canada: Self-published. ISBN 978-1775034001

Young, Robert Allan (2018). Dieter Brock - The Birmingham Rifle. 5371440 Manitoba Limited. ISBN 978-1775034032

Yuen, Edward (2002). 92 Years of Roughrider Football. Self-published. ISBN xxxx
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Re: Canadian Football Books

Postby RyanChristiansen » Tue Sep 22, 2020 1:51 pm

Thank you! This is a great list.
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Re: Canadian Football Books

Postby RyanChristiansen » Tue Sep 22, 2020 2:09 pm

Here's another list I found:

Canadian Football League
Coaching and Reference
Gregory, John and Carolyn Gregory So You Want To Be a Football Coach. Independent, 2018.

Hall, Ryan et al. (Football Canada) Coaching Canadian Football. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics, 2018.

History
Boyd, Denny and Brian Scrivener. Legends of Autumn: The Glory Years of Canadian Football. Canada: Greystone Books, 1997.

Cosentino, Frank Canadian Football: The Grey Cup Years. Toronto, Canada: Musson, 1969.

Cosentino, Frank A Passing Game: A History of the CFL. Winnipeg, Canada: Bain & Cox, 1995.

Cosentino, Frank Home Again: Canadian Football 1995-2014. USA: Lulu Press, 2014.

Currie, Gordon 100 Years of Canadian Football. Toronto, Canada: Pagurian Press, 1968.

Goodman, Jeffrey Huddling Up: The Inside Story of the Canadian Football League. Don Mills, Canada: Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 1982.

Maher, Tod and Bob Gill The Canadian Pro Football Encyclopedia: Every Player, Coach and Game, 1946-2010, USA: Lulu Press, 2011.

Maher, Tod and Bob Gill The Canadian Pro Football Encyclopedia: Every Player, Coach and Game, 1946-2011, USA: Maher Sports Media, 2012.

Maher, Tod and Bob Gill The Canadian Pro Football Encyclopedia: Every Player, Coach and Game, 1946-2012, USA: Maher Sports Media, 2013.

O’Keefe, Betty and Ian MacDonald. Disaster on Mount Slesse: The Story of Western Canada’s Worst Air Crash. Canada: Caitlin, 2006.

Roberts, Mike The Same Old Game: The True Story of the Origins of the World’s Football Games, Vol. 1 and Vol. 2, USA: CreateSpace, 2011.

Wallen, James R. Gridiron Underground: Black American Journeys in Canadian Football, Toronto, Canada: Dundurn, 2019.

Willes, Ed End Zones and Border Wars: The Era of American Expansion in the CFL, Canada: Harbour Publishing, 2013.

General
Coleman, Jim The Best of Jim Coleman: Fifty Years of Canadian Sport from the Man Who Saw it All. Canada: Harbour, 2005.

Drake, Stephen Weird Facts About Canadian Football. Canada: OverTime Books, 2009.

Giles, Jeffrey Bigger Balls: The CFL and Overcoming the Canadian Inferiority Complex. Canada: Winding Stair Press, 2001.

Jones, Terry Canadian Pro Football ’81. Markham, Canada: PaperJacks, 1981.

Jones, Terry Canadian Pro Football ’82. Markham, Canada: PaperJacks, 1982.

Jones, Terry Canadian Pro Football ’83. Markham, Canada: PaperJacks, 1983.

Jones, Terry Canadian Pro Football ’84. Markham, Canada: PaperJacks, 1984.

Jones, Terry Canadian Pro Football ’85. Markham, Canada: PaperJacks, 1985.

Jutras, Johany Our League Our Country/Notre Ligue Notre Pays. Drummondville, Canada: Imprimerie FL Chicoine, 2015.

O’Brien, Steve The Canadian Football League: The Phoenix of Professional Sports Leagues. Morrisville, USA: Lulu Press, 2004.

Payne, Neil Crime and Punishment: Life as a CFL Official. Canada: J. Gordon Shillingford, 2001.

Proudfoot, Tony First and Goal: The CFL and the Pursuit of Excellence. Canada: HB Fenn and Company, 2006.

The Grey Cup
Allan, Tony Grey Cup or Bust Winnipeg, Canada: Stovel-Advocate Press, 1954.

Brunt, Stephen 100 Grey Cups: This Is Our Game Canada: McClelland & Stewart, 2012.

Cosentino, Frank 100 Years Of The Grey Cup: A Celebration Canada: Publisher unknown, ????. (Forthcoming?; publish date unknown)

Januska, Michael Grey Cup Century Canada: Dundurn, 2012.

Kelly, Graham Grey Cup 100. Canada: Folklore Publishing, 2012.

Kelly, Graham The Grey Cup: A History. Red Deer, Canada: Johnson Gorman, 1999.

Kelly, Graham Greatest Grey Cups: The Best of Canadian Football. Canada: Altitude Publishing, 2005.

Sullivan, Jack The Grey Cup Story: 1909-1955. Toronto, Canada: Beattie, 1955.

Sullivan, Jack The Grey Cup Story: The Dramatic History of Football’s Most Coveted Award. Toronto, Canada: Pagurian Press, 1970.

Thiele, Stephen Heroes of the Game: A History of the Grey Cup. Canada: Moulin Publishing, 1997.

Walker, Gordon Grey Cup Tradition: The Official Commemorative Book of the 75th Anniversary of the Grey Cup. Edmonton, Canada: E.S.P. Marketing & Communications, 1987.

Teams
Ackles, Bobby with Ian Mulgrew. The Water Boy: From the Sidelines to the Owner’s Box, Inside the CFL, the XFL, and the NFL. Canada: John Wiley & Sons Canada Ltd., 2007.

Bacon, Dick. Sam Berger’s Alouettes. Montreal, Canada: Editions Héritage, 1978.

Bruneau, Pierre and Pierre Turbis. La grande histoire des Alouettes de Montréal. Canada: Les Éditions de l’Homme, 2007.

Calder, Bob and Garry Andrews. Rider Pride: The Story of Canada’s Best-Loved Football Team. Saskatoon, Canada: Western Producer Prairie Books, 1984.

Calder, Robert, Gord Staseson, Julie Folk, Bob Hughes, Rob Vanstone, Darrell Davis and Dan Marce Saskatchewan Roughriders — First 100 Years. Regina, Canada: Centax Books, 2009.

Dowdall, Brent Turnover: The Fumbling of the Ottawa Rough Riders. Canada: Baird, O’Keefe, 1999.

Hopson, Jim with Darrell Davis. Running the Riders: My Decade as CEO of Canada’s Team. Regina, Canada: DriverWorks Ink, 2015.

Irving, Bob Blue & Gold: 75 Years of Blue Bomber Glory. Winnipeg, Canada: Great Plains Publishing, 2005.

Kelly, Graham Go Stamps Go: The Story of the Calgary Stampeders. Canada: Panorama Publishing, 2010.

Kelly, Graham Grey Cup Glory: The Edmonton Eskimos’ 2003 Championship Season. Canada: Johnson Gorman Publishing, 2003.

Kelly, Graham Green Grit: The Story of the Saskatchewan Roughriders. Canada: HarperCollins Canada, 2001.

Kelly, Graham Saskatchewan Roughriders: The Players, The History and the Fans. Canada: OverTime Publishing, 2012.

Ling, Nils True Blue: An Inside Look at a Championship Season. Winnipeg, Manitoba: Wordsnorth Communications Services Ltd. (1984), 1984.

Marshall, Brian The 1954 Montreal Alouettes: Big Four Champions and Almost Grey Cup Champions. USA: The author, 2011.

McAuley, Jim Inside the Huddle: Rough Riders to Redblacks. Canada: John Ruddy, 2016. (Check local Ottawa bookstores)

McEvoy, Terry Rider Pride on the American Side : A Minnesota Family Discovers the Canadian Football League. USA: The author, 2006.

Nasewich, Rod and Sheldon Green. The Rider Book of Lists Regina, Canada: The authors, 2010.

Parrish, Wayne Double Blue: An Illustrated History of the Toronto Argonauts. Canada: ECW Press, 2007.

Pedersen, Rod Green Magic: Canada’s Team Wins the 2007 Grey Cup Regina, Canada: Saskatchewan Roughrider Football Club, 2008.

Slade, Daryl Stampeders… Years of the Horse Canada: The author, 2009.

Teitel, Jay The Argo Bounce Toronto, Canada: Lester & Orpen Dennys, 1983.

Vanstone, Rob 100 Things Roughriders Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die. Chicago, USA: Triumph Books, 2019.

Vanstone, Rob West Riders Best – 1966: Before, Then & After. Regina, Canada: Centax Books, 2009.

Vanstone, Rob The Greatest Grey Cup Ever – 1989: Before, Then & After. Regina, Canada: Centax Books, 2010.

Walker, Gord and Terry Walker …And That’s Why I Love the Argos: A Lifelong Passion. Unpublished.

Wallace, Craig A Slip in the Rain: The True Story of the 1967-72 Toronto Argonauts and the Fumble That Killed Canada’s Team. Lulu Press, 2005.

Wirtanen, John BC Lions Football - The 1st 50 Years: 1954-2003. Victoria, Canada: Trafford Publishing, 2004

Wirtanen, John Thrown to the Lions: The B.C. Lions in Empire Stadium (1954-1982). Canada: Trafford Publishing, 2000.

Woods, Paul Bouncing Back: From National Joke to Grey Cup Champs. Lulu Press, 2013.

Players, Coaches and Executives
Brigance, O.J. and Peter Schrager Strength of a Champion: Finding Faith and Fortitude Through Adversity. New York, NY: New American Library, a division of Penguin Group (USA) LLC., 2013

Brignall, Richard China Clipper: Pro Football’s First Chinese-Canadian Player, Normie Kwong. Canada: Lorimer, 2010.

Callwood, June The Man Who Lost Himself: The Terry Evanshen Story. Canada: McClellan and Stewart, 2000.

Cahill, Leo with Scott Young Goodbye Argos. Canada: McClelland and Stewart Ltd., 1973.

Clemons, Michael All Heart: My Story. Canada: HarperCollins Canada, 1999.

Crawford, Rufus and William Strecker Rufus Baby: A Dream to Defeat the Odds. Hamilton, Canada: Mini Mocho Press, 1990.

Dunigan, Matt and Jim Taylor. Goin’ Deep: The Life and Times of a CFL Quarterback. Canada: Harbour, 2007.

Ealey Richardson, Jael The Stone Thrower: A Daughter’s Lessons, A Father’s Life. Canada: Thomas Allen Publishers, 2012.

Flutie, Doug with Perry Lefko Flutie. Toronto, Canada: Warwick Publishing, 1999.

Gabriel, Tony with Stanley Fillmore Double Trouble. Toronto, Canada: Gage Publishing, 1978.

Gilchrist, Cookie The Cookie That Did Not Crumble. USA: U Are Super Star LLC, 2011.

Hall, Richie and Guy Sholz Smoke and Mirrors: Life in the CFL with Richie Hall. Canada: Polished Publishing Group, 2017.

Kepley, Dan with Jim Taylor The Edmonton Eskimos: Inside the Dynasty. Toronto: Methuen, 1983.

Lefko, Perry Pinball: The Making of a Canadian Hero. Canada: Wiley, 2006.

MacCabe, Eddie Profile of a Pro: The Russ Jackson Story. Canada: Prentice Hall Canada, 1969.

McMurtry, Roy Memoirs and Reflections. Canada: University of Toronto Press, 2013.

Moon, Warren with Don Yeager Never Give Up on Your Dream: My Journey. USA: Da Capo Press, 2009.

Mosca, Angelo with Steve Milton Tell Me To My Face. Canada: Lulu Canada Inc., 2011.

Neilsen, Robert F. Garney Henley: A Gentleman and a Tiger. Hamilton, Ontario: Potlatch Publications, 1972.

Profit, Mel For Love, Money and Future Considerations. Canada: D.C. Heath Canada Ltd., 1972.

Racine, Thom and Moe Racine Moe the Toe: Never My Dream. Canada, 2014.

Reed, George and John Chaput George Reed – His LIfe and Times. Regina, Canada: Centax Books, 2011.

Reid, Angus Thank You Coach: Learning How to Live by Being Taught How to Play. Canada: ABR Media, 2018.

Ridgway, Dave Robokicker: An Odyssey through the CFL. Canada: Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 1995.

Rosmus, Roy & Scott Taylor Quiet Hero: The Ken Ploen Story. Winnipeg, Canada: Roslor Publishing, 2011.

Slade, Daryl Sugarfoot: Ezzrett “Sugarfoot” Anderson. Canada, 2018.

Smith, Ron Kid Dynamite: The Gerry James Story. Fernie, Canada: Oolichan Books, 2011.

Thomas, Willie Third and Long: Inside the CFL. Canada: Western Producer Prairie Books, 1987.

Trestman, Marc with Ross Bernstein Perseverance: Life Lessons on Leadership and Teamwork USA: Bernstein Books, 2010.

Watts, J.C. What Color Is A Conservative?: My Life And My Politics. USA: Harper, 2002.

Young, Jim and Jim Taylor Dirty 30. Toronto, Canada: Methuen, 1974.

Young, Robert Allan What Doesn’t Kill You: The Lyle Bauer Story. Canada: The author, 2017.

Young Readers
Brignall, Richard China Clipper: Pro Football’s First Chinese-Canadian Player, Normie Kwong. Canada: Lorimer, 2010.

Danakas, John Choice of Colours: The pioneering African-Americ​an quarterbacks who changed the face of football. Canada: Lorimer, 2007.

Preston, Holly The ALWAYS Team. Canada: Your Nickel’s Worth Publishing, 2010.

Preston, Holly The ALWAYS Team – Trouble in Riderville. Canada: Always Books, 2011.

Preston, Holly The ALWAYS Team – The Search for Rider Nation. Canada: Always Books, 2013.
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Re: Canadian Football Books

Postby RyanChristiansen » Tue Sep 22, 2020 2:11 pm

Another list I found using the Wayback Machine

General History
Allan, Tony. Grey Cup or Bust. Winnipeg: Stovel-Advocate, 1954. (mass market paperback)
Reprint information:
Revised and reprinted on three occasions (all mass market paperback):
Grey Cup Cavalcade. Winnipeg: Harlequin, 1959. (#480)
Football Flashbacks. Winnipeg: Harlequin, 1961. (#622)
Football Today and Yesteryear. Winnipeg: Harlequin, 1962. (#694)
Allan's later books are all repackagings of Grey Cup or Bust, with additions to bring it up to the date of publication. The books cover western football quite extensively, although no more than a page or two are given to anything prior to 1920, and the narrative through the mid-1930s is taken at a fairly brisk pace. While it would have been nice to have more written on the origins of football in the west, Allan's account of the 1935-1960 era, to which he was an eyewitness, are most useful and without many questionable areas.

Boyd, Denny & Brian Scrivener. Legends of Autumn: The Glory Years of Canadian Football. Vancouver: Greystone Books, 1997.
ISBN: 1-55054-581-7 (hardcover)
Cosentino, Frank. Canadian Football: The Grey Cup Years. Toronto: Musson, 1969. (hardcover)
Cosentino, Frank. A Passing Game: A History of the CFL. Winnipeg: Bain & Cox, 1995.

ISBN: 0-921368-54-2 (hardcover)
The above two books represent the definitive works on Canadian football history from 1909 onward. Both have been thoroughly researched by one of the best sport historians in Canada, and contain more useful information on the evolution of the game itself than any other sources. These books spend little time on descriptions of single players, but rather focus on the evolution of the rules and organisation of football, with the on-field results summarised quite nicely, albeit in rather concise descriptions. The 1995 book is almost entirely a corporate history of the CFL from 1969 to the beginning of the 1995 season. It is most unfortunate that the book was not written a year later, as the inside description of the collapse of the American teams would have been a most interesting read.

Many football fans have complaned about Cosentino's works--particularly the 1995 book--for their dry presentation. The tone of both texts is very formal, and the colour that many sports fans have come to expect from modern "journalistic histories" is somewhat lacking. Indeed, many have criticised Cosentino's works for the simple fact that they are rather unwieldy and are seen as "unreadable" by some. (The 1995 book lacks an index, a rather regrettable oversight.) Cosentino's works are, however, the only continuous critical account of twentieth century Canadian football--not an easy resource for any trivia buff who mascarades as a sport historian, but quite interesting to students of history. I suggest that these books be sought out by anyone with a serious interest in Canadian football history.

A single caveat applies to Cosentino's first book: it must be used with extreme caution in the pre-1909 era. From my understanding, this work derived from a University thesis which Cosentino wrote, focusing on the 1909-1968 period. As such, he did not engage in any truly detailed research of the previous era, as it was merely introductory material. His statement that the CRU adopted a system of downs in 1897 has absolutely no basis in fact, and his reconstruction of the pre-1891 years is particularly misleading.

Currie, Gordon. 100 Years of Canadian Football. Toronto: Pagurian Press, 1968. (hardcover)
Reprint information:
mass market paperback - reprinted with revisions Don Mills: Greywood Press, 1969. (#129)
One of my Classics professors had a wonderful way of describing the first edition of the Cambridge Ancient History: "It was bad when it came out, and time has only made it worse." The same applies to significant parts of this often-encountered book. Currie makes an utter hash of the 1800s, relying heavily on T.A. Reed's confused reconstruction of the early history of Canadian football and whatever official misinformation the CFL and CRU had available. Furthermore, this book suffers from poor proofreading of dates (e.g., U of T is stated to have adopted Rugby rules in 1887, not 1877), and cannot be relied upon implicitly for the pre-World War One era. Currie's accuracy gets better after he passes World War One, but for that period Cosentino's work is so immeasurably more detailed and reliable that I cannot recommend Carrue's book as much more than a collectible.

Goodman, Jeffrey. Huddling Up: The Inside Story of the Canadian Football League. Don Mills: Fitzhenry and Whiteside, 1981.
ISBN: 088902580 (hardcover)
Kelly, Graham. The Grey Cup: A history. Red Deer: Johnston Gorman Publishers, 1999.
ISBN: 0-921835-53-1 (hardcover) 480 p.
This lengthy book is mis-titled, as it is not really a proper history of the Grey Cup: Kelly has effectively written a history of post-war CFL teams, using the Grey Cup as a common thread throughout his work. Little time is spent on the Grey Cup prior to World War Two, which is rather unfortunate in a book claiming to portray the history of the championship; however, the book is quite an interesting read. Kelly undertook many interviews with players and coaches of the post-war era, and has included anecdotes from these personalities in his narrative, preserving the colourful, if often exaggerated tales of many Canadian football legends. Kelly's work provides a useful resource that compliments Cosentino's weighty scholarly histories for the post-war era, and ranks highly as a general text on the post-war era of CFL teams.

McAllister, Ron. Football Stars, Today and Yesterday. Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1950. (hardcover)
Written as a book for schoolchildren, McAllister gives short (8-10 pages) biographical sketches of Canadian football stars of the interwar years and 1940s, including Joe Krol, Lionel Conacher, Ab Box, Brian Timmins, Warren Stevens and others. I believe that all of these sketches were written while most or all of the players were still alive. No exhaustive biographies here, but it is virtually impossible to find any other biographies of these legends without going through miles of microfilm. A good starting point for one wanting more specifics on key players that are given in Cosentino's work.

Reeve, Ted. Grandstand Quarterback: Canadian Football and How to Watch it. Toronto: Longmans Green, 1955. (mass market paperback)
Quite a lively book by one of the best known football reporters in Canadian history. Amongst other things, Reeve provides decent summaries of Grey Cup games through the 1930s, 40s and 50s. Printed on very acidic paper (even the best copies should start crumbling into oblivion in the next 15-25 years), thus a reprint of this valuable (and obscure) book on acid-free paper would be a welcome development.

Smith, Larry. Canadian Football Hall of Fame. Hamilton: Canadian Football Hall of Fame, 1972. (magazine format)
A slim, magazine-gormat volume giving brief (1-2 paragraph) biographical sketches of all of the members elected into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame prior to 1972. I believe that this booklet may have been printed as a souvenir for the opening festivities of the Hall.

Sullivan, Jack. The Grey Cup Story. Toronto: Beattie Publications, 1955. (paperback)
Reprint information:
hardcover - fully revised and reprinted Toronto: Pagurian Press, 1970.
mass market paperback - reprinted with revisions Don Mills: Greywood Press, 1971. (#135)
ISBN: 0-919364-04-7
hardcover - fully revised and reprinted Toronto: Pagurian Press, 1974.
ISBN: 0-919364-67-5
Sullivan's research was amongst the first to investigate the history of Canadian football before his own time, and his results are still amongst the better resources available. The scope goes a bit beyond just the Grey Cup, necessarily so because of the lack of other material at the time he was writing. Not a critical history, but a most enjoyable and lively read, and still quite reliable. (I have not had the opportunity to go over the various magazine editions issued in the 1950s, and thus cannot say how much changed between the 1955 publication and the 1970 and 1974 re-issues.)

Thiele, Stephen. Heroes of the Game. Norval: Moulin, 1997.
ISBN: 1896867049 (trade paperback)
Little more than somewhat detailed game summaries of each Grey Cup final, this work fails to capture the atmosphere of the games, or recount any of the politics surrounding the often-controversial Dominion Championships. (In many instances, the political dirt was of more interest than the game itself--particularly when east and west were still on bad terms!) The results are not bad, as no other convenient source provides easy access to such detailed game summaries, although microfilm is still the best source for the earlier games.

Walker, Gordon. Grey Cup Tradition. Edmonton: ESP, 1987.
ISBN: 0919035477 (hardcover)
Biographies & Autobiographies
I have many misgivings about autobiographies. They are all generally a lively source of anecdotes and tall tales about an individual's on-field career, but I frankly find them less reliable than a history or biography researched at arm's length. All of the books in this category are generally a lively read, but I shall refrain from commenting on them individually, as I believe that they are all of about equal quality.
Barrett, Warrick with Scott Michel. Johnny Bright, Champion. Edmonton: Commonwealth Publications, 1996.

ISBN: 1-55197-038-4 (mass market paperback)
A very, very curious book. From the back cover summary, one expects this book to be a typical inspirational biography, describing a black boy raised in poverty and overcoming a series of obstacles to attain his dream, etc., etc. The work reads like a children's book of such ilk, leaving one to wonder how much portrayed conversation is a work of the author's mind. The author's biography refers to the work as a "novel", and the work is elsewhere called a "success metaphor." Credibility goes out the window when Johnny Bright's death is portrayed with a visit from the "Great Saviour" (p. 169), who entrusts the ex-CFLer with a spiritual mission, making it clear to even the non-cynical reader that this work blends fact and fiction to create a work akin to mediaeval hagiography, mascarading apparently-fabricated inspirational stories as a personal biography. An interesting piece for those interested in the diffusion of religious ideals through mass media, but this should be approached with great caution as a representation of historical fact as it relates to Canadian football, as the goals of the author suggest that inspiration was of greater importance than historical reality.

Cahill, Leo with Scott Young. Goodbye Argos. Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1973.

ISBN: 0-7710-9062-5 (hardcover)
Reprint information:
mass market paperback -Toronto: Pocket Books, 1974
Clemons, Michael "Pinball". All Heart: My story. Toronto: Harper Collins, 1998.

ISBN: 0-00-200008-3 (hardcover) 217 p.
Crawford, Rufus with Bill Strecker. Rufus Baby: A Dream to Defeat the Odds. Hamilton: Mini Mocho Press, 1990

ISBN: 0921980043 (trade paperback)
Flutie, Doug with Perry Lefko. Flutie. Toronto: Warwick, 1997.

ISBN: 1-895629-98-5 (hardcover)
Gabriel, Tony and Stanley Fillmore. Double Trouble. Toronto: Gage, 1978.

ISBN: 0771593821 (hardcover)
Kepley, Dan and Jim Taylor. The Edmonton Eskimos: Inside the Dynasty. Toronto: Methuen, 1983.

ISBN: 0-458-77040-9 (trade paperback)
MacCabe, Eddie. Profile of a Pro: The Russ Jackson Story. Toronto: Prentice Hall, 1969.

ISBN: 13-725992-8 (hardcover)
Reprint information:
mass market paperback - reprinted with notes and questions by Ian S Fraser Don Mills: Learning Concepts, 1971.
Neilson, Robert F.. Garney Henley: A Gentleman and a Tiger. Hamilton: Potlatch, 1973.

ISBN: 0919676006 (trade paperback)
Profit, Mel. For Love, Money, and Future Considerations. Toronto: D C Heath Canada, 1972.

ISBN: 0669805726 (hardcover)
Ridgway, Dave. Robokicker. Red Deer: J. Gorman Publishers, 1995.

ISBN: 0921835442 (hardcover)
ISBN: 0921835345 (trade paperback)
Tadman, Peter. Don Getty, All Canadian. Hanna: Gorman and Gorman, 1993.

ISBN: 0921835280
Thomas, Willie. Third and Long: Inside the CFL. Saskatoon: Western Producer Prairie, 1987.

ISBN: 0888332300 (trade paperback)
Young, Jim and Jim Taylor. Dirty 30. Toronto: Methuen, 1974.

ISBN: 0-458-91090-2 (hardcover)
Reprint information:
paperback - Toronto: Methuen, 1974.
ISBN: 0-458-91610-2 (mass market paperback)
CFL Team Histories
Montreal Alouettes
I seem to recall having heard of a booklet called Sam Berger's Alouettes, composed some time in the 1970s, but have never been able to confirm its existence. Anyone able to shed light on this?
Ottawa Rough Riders
Dowdall, Brent. Turnover: The fumbling of the Ottawa Rough Riders. Ottawa: B. Dowdall, 1999.
ISBN: 1-894439-01-5 (trade paperback)
Really quite a well-researched and well-written history, focusing on the final twenty years of the Ottawa franchise, although some reasonably good overview material is given of the team from its original formation in 1876. Dowdall provides particularly good treatment of the Gliebermans and the Horn Chen fiasco. A superb illustration of the half-baked business decisions that caused the decline and collapse of the Rough Riders.

Racicot, Lyne. Third and Long: The Proud History of Football in Ottawa. Ottawa: Avant-Garde Communications, 1995.

ISBN: 0969985304 (trade paperback)
Quite bluntly, this book is worthless as a team history. Racicot seems to have done precious little research into the history of the Rough Riders, and done little more than summarise what was available from pre-existing materials (e.g. Cosentino, Currie, CFL press releases, etc.). Whole seasons are often given little more than a few sentences, and the pre-1940 period is really quite thin on details. Brief histories of amateur teams--Carleton Ravens, Ottawa Gee-Gees, Ottawa Sooners--are unfortunately short, and not terribly accurate (e.g. a blatantly inaccurate claim that the Gee-Gees played in the IRFU "Big Four"!). Really quite poorly done as a work of history that tried--and failed--to be definitive.

Toronto Argonauts
Tietel, Jay. The Argo Bounce. Toronto: Lester & Orpen Dennys, 1982.
ISBN: 0-88619-034-7 (hardcover)
Reprint information:
trade paperback - reprinted with revisions Toronto: Lester & Orpen Dennys, 1983.
ISBN: 0-88619-033-9
In addition, the 1982 Argos media guide contains the most reliable summary history of the team from 1873 through 1981. Do NOT use the 1989 media guide history, or those from 1976 through 1981, as these are based on earlier research which was revised in 1982, and subsequently forgotten by the collective genius of Argoland.

Hamilton Tiger-Cats
A largely-photographic book entitled A Tradition of Excellence was published in the mid-1990s. I have yet to see a copy in person, but understand that it contains precious little narrative material.
Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Leah, Vince. A History of the Blue Bombers. Winnipeg: V. Leah, 1980.
ISBN: 0670387444 (trade paperback)
I still believe this to be the best account of the history of the Blue Bombers, despite the publication of Matheson's book in the early-1990s. The book suffers from poor organisation (I'm really not sure how Leah chose the order of his chapters/articles), and is not terribly well bound, but the detail it provides is somewhat better than Matheson's book.

Ling, Nils. TrueBlue: An Inside Look at a Championship Season. Winnipeg: Wordsnorth Communication, 1984.

ISBN: 0-9691 982-0-5 (trade paperback)
Matheson, Jack. 60 Years and Running. Winnipeg: Jostens, 1991.

Limited edition of 2000 copies, individually numbered. (hardcover)
Very professional in formatting with many illustrations and an extensive appended record book, Matheson's work is somewhat thin on content: a problem likewise shared by the Forty Years of Excellence history of the Eskimos. Not a bad book, as it provides an interesting read and a summary introduction to the Blue Bombers, but hardly the sort of work to prove exhaustive and definitive, and it makes comparatively little contribution to the information available in print on the team.

Spector, David. Contenders and Champions: The Winnipeg Blue Bombers, 1933-1977. Winnipeg: Sports Talk Publications, 1979.

ISBN: 0969003307
Saskatchewan Roughriders
Calder, Bob and Garry Andrews. Rider Pride. Saskatoon: Western Producer Prairie Books, 1984.
ISBN: 0-88833-129-0 (hardcover)
Froggett, Louise. Gridiron Greats of Saskatchewan. Hamilton: Canadian Football Hall Of Fame, 1995.

ISBN: 0969999003 (paperback)
Short and lightweight, this brief document was put out but the Hall of Fame. Brief summary histories of the Roughriders, Rams and Huskies, along with some other Saskatchewan football bits.

Kelly, Graham. Green Grit: The story of the Saskatchewan Roughriders. Toronto: Harper Collins, 2001.

ISBN: 0-00-200077-6 (hardcover)
A superb book. Kelly recounts the history of the Roughriders at a level of detail seen only in Rider Pride for a CFL team's history. His narrative is well-written (excepting a few curious digressions on foot-and-mouth disease and a witness tampering trial), and contains numerous extended comments from players and executives on specific and general events in the team's history. The off-field financial problems that have faced the Roughriders might have merited greater attention than Kelly gave them, but otherwise his work is a superb anecdotal history of the green Riders.

Calgary Stampeders
Goodwin, Lou. Fall Madness. Calgary: Stampeder Football Club, 1979. (trade paperback)
Virtually impossible to find, this book, which is entirely devoid of illustrations, provides a concise and coherent year-by-year summary of the Stampeders and their predecessors.

Edmonton Eskimos
Redmond, Gerald, ed. A Decade of Excellence. Edmonton: ESP, c.1980. (hardcover)
An account of the Eskimos' glory years of the 1970s. Was in large part re-cycled for A Tradition of Excellence.

Redmond, Gerald. Forty Years of Excellence: The Edmonton Eskimos 1949 to 1989. Edmonton: ESP, 1989.

ISBN: 0-919035-50-7 (hardcover)
Somewhat curiously, this book is illustrated entirely with photographs from the late-1980s, despite its broad chronological scope. Like Matheson's book on the Blue Bombers, this work shows well in its printed form, and there is nothing terribly wrong with its narrative as an introduction for the more-than-casual fan, but the content is far too thin to be terribly useful for anyone with a serious interest in the team.

B.C. Lions
Skrien, Dave with Dick Beddoes. Countdown to the Grey Cup: The Story of the B. C. Lions. Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1965. (hardcover)
This slants somewhat more toward the personal memoir/autobiography category, being the account of the BC coach of the Lions' run to the 1964 Grey Cup.

University Football
Daub, Merv. Gael Force. Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press, 1996.
ISBN: 0-7735-1509-7 (hardcover)
ISBN: 0-7735-1519-4 (trade paperback)
Reed, T. A. The Blue and White. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1945. (hardcover)

Reed wrote a reasonable history of football at U of T which he included in this work on the history of men's athletics at the university. From 1880 onward, he does very well with the U of T portion of the history, but never really bothered to check anything about the development of football in the 19th century, or what actually happened at U of T prior to 1880. The result is a two-fold problem: his mistakes about the playing style and early development of Canadian football in the 19th century have been repeated by Currie and Cosentino and become accepted as official untruths at a national level; and his presumption that football at U of T prior to 1877 was both disorganised and undocumented has led to a lack of understanding of early football in Toronto. Reed provides a prime example of the dangers of an overreliance on secondary and anecdotal accounts of history--all of the newspaper and archival material that I have used in my research to disprove Reed's assertions were all available to him (e.g. old copies of the Toronto Mail).

Instructional
Craig, John. Football is Fun. Toronto: Colban of Canada, 1976.
ISBN: 0889660166
ISBN: 0889660174
Edwards, Johnny. Canadian Football. Toronto: Copp Clark, 1947. (hardcover)

Sommerville, Tedd. Canadian Football: The Pigskin Preacher. Agincourt: Sportbook, 1974.

ISBN: 0919824005 (hardcover)
Humour
Nicol, Eric & Dave More. The Joy of Football. Edmonton: Hurtig, 1980.
ISBN: 0-88830-183-9 (hardcover)
Swinburne, Donald G., The Complete Toronto Playbook. Toronto: Book Marketing Ideas, 1978.

ISBN: 0969089007
Annuals
Canadian Football League: Facts, Figures, and Records Book. Toronto: Canadian Football League, 1985 - .
Cross, W. K. ed. The Charlton CFL Football Card Price Guide. Toronto: Charlton, 1991 -1993. (annual, trade paperback)

ISBN: 0-88968-112-0 (1992)
ISSN: 1183-8264
Jones, Terry. Canadian Pro Football.PaperJacks, 1981-?1985.(annual, paperback)

ISSN: 0714-3953
Social Aspects
Barnes, Laverne. The Plastic Orgasm. Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1971.
ISBN: 0771010117 (hardcover)
Reprint information:
paperback - Toronto: Simon & Schuster, 1973.
ISBN: 0671781251 (paper)
Stebbins, Robert. Canadian Football: View From the Helmet. London: Centre for Social and Humanistic Studies, University of Western Ontario, 1987.

ISBN: 077140865X (hardcover)
ISBN: 0771408668 (paperback)
Reprint information:
Toronto: Canadian Scholars' Press, 1993.
ISBN: 1551300354
Miscellaneous
Le francais au football / Ligue Canadien de football. Montreal: Editions de l'Homme, 1976.
ISBN: 0775905119
Dudley, Brian. A Fan's Guide to: Canadian Football (CFL), American Football (NFL). Vancouver: Titan Pub., 1996.

ISBN: 0969747683
Fischler, Stan. Amazing Trivia From the World of Football. Markham: Penguin Books Canada, 1984.

ISBN: 0140073884
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Re: Canadian Football Books

Postby ChrisBabcock » Tue Sep 22, 2020 4:03 pm

If I were to get one definitive book on the history of the CFL, what would you recommend? CFL history is intriguing to me but there's a lot here to sift through.
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Re: Canadian Football Books

Postby Retro Rider » Tue Sep 22, 2020 4:45 pm

RyanChristiansen wrote:Thank you! This is a great list.


Thanks Ryan! I tried to make it as up to date as I could. I will add more to the list as new titles are discovered. I did not list the annual CFL Facts, Figures and Records books (1985-201?) but probably should have.
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Re: Canadian Football Books

Postby Retro Rider » Tue Sep 22, 2020 5:25 pm

ChrisBabcock wrote:If I were to get one definitive book on the history of the CFL, what would you recommend? CFL history is intriguing to me but there's a lot here to sift through.


That's a really good question Chris. I can only vouch for what I have in my own collection. For the most part, CFL related books are team, player or Grey Cup specific. For an overall view I would go with any of Tony Allan's books like Grey Cup or Bust (1954) or Grey Cup Cavalcade (1959). Those provide some interesting accounts of early pro football in Western Canada. Two more recent books that I would recommend are:

Goodman, Jeffrey (1981). Huddling Up: The Inside Story of the Canadian Football League. Toronto: Fitzhenry and Whiteside Ltd. ISBN 0-88902-58-0

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Goodman, Jeffrey (1982). Huddling Up: The Inside Story of the Canadian Football League. Toronto: Fitzhenry and Whiteside Ltd. ISBN 0-88902-71-61 (Softcover)

Boyd, Denny and Brian Scrivener (1997). Legends of Autumn: The Glory Years of Canadian Football. Vancouver. Greystone Books. ISBN 1-55054-591-7

Best overall statistical reference:

Maher, Tod and Bob Gill (2011-2012-2013). The Canadian Pro Football Encyclopedia. Self-published in annual editions. ISBN 978-0-9835136-6-7 (2013 edition)

Best Grey Cup Books:

Sullivan, Jack (1970). The Grey Cup Story: The Dramatic History of Football’s Most Coveted Award. Toronto: Pagurian Press. ISBN 0-919364-04-7

Sullivan, Jack (1974). The Grey Cup Story: The Dramatic History of Football’s Most Coveted Award (New Revised Edition). Toronto: Pagurian Press Ltd. 0-919364-67-5

Walker, Gordon (1987). Grey Cup Tradition: The Official Commemorative Book of the 75th Anniversary of the Grey Cup. Edmonton: E.S.P. Marketing and Communication Ltd. ISBN 01-919035-47-7

Thiele, Stephen (1997). Heroes of the Game: A History of the Grey Cup. Norval. Ont.: Moulin Publishing Ltd. ISBN 1-896867-04-9

Kelly, Graham (1999). The Grey Cup: A History. Red Deer, Alta.: Johnston Gorman Publishers. ISBN 0-921835-53-1

Just some suggestions. Admittedly, some CFL books (self-published titles in particular) can be tough to find these days. Bookfinder.com is probably the best place to start. Amazon and eBay are options as well.

Frank Cosentino has written several excellent books on Canadian Football. Four of them can be directly obtained through his website:

http://www.valleyoldtimers.com/
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Re: Canadian Football Books

Postby RichardBak » Tue Sep 22, 2020 6:36 pm

Over the years I've had a lot of luck getting old books, newspapers, and magazines on AbeBooks.

https://www.abebooks.com/?cm_mmc=msn-_- ... 0a3b5aa37d
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Re: Canadian Football Books

Postby Retro Rider » Tue Sep 22, 2020 7:02 pm

CFL Illustrated magazine (1970-1988;1991-1996) is another good source for photos and team/player information. The 1970-73 editions were more like yearbooks with a program insert. My favorite are the 1970 issues which were devoted to specific team histories through the 1969 season.

http://collectingcanadianfootball.blogs ... l.html?m=1
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Re: Canadian Football Books

Postby RyanChristiansen » Wed Sep 23, 2020 11:30 am

ChrisBabcock wrote:If I were to get one definitive book on the history of the CFL, what would you recommend? CFL history is intriguing to me but there's a lot here to sift through.


If you want to get into the nuts and bolts of how the league grew up over the years, the Cosentino books are a great resource.
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