THE COFFIN CORNER - VOLUME 1 - 1979
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The First All-Star Game from the Pittsburgh Press. Five years after the first recognized pro football game, a selected team of all-stars took on the Pittsburgh champs.
NFL Competitors, 1935-41 - by Bob Braunwart. Four or more leagues that wanted to be major league rivals of the NFL failed during the Depression.
Ohio Tiger Trap: Ohio's First FB Ringers - by Bob Carroll. Massillon wanted an amateur team to rival Canton, but they ended up going pro.
The Ironton Tanks: 1919-30 - by Tom Nikitas. Brief history of a strong independent team.
The Story of the [Youngstown] Patricians - by Vic Frolund. This strong pre-NFL team vied for the Ohio championship in pre-NFL days.
Wee Davey's [O'Brien] Big Day - by Bob Braunwart and Bob Carroll. Davey O'Brien was exceptional even before he set passing records.
The Curious Case of the 13th Import - by Bob Braunwart and Bob Carroll. How Frank Tripucka lost by winning in a Canadian twit.
Johnny Blood: Vagabond Halfback - by Jack Henry in Pittsburgh Steelers Weekly. The story of one of the great characters of football history.
A Closer Look: 50-Yd DKs - by Bob Carroll. Some claims of the good ol' days don't stand up.
The Day They Clobbered the Bronk - by Bernie McCarty. Lone Star Dietz sets a trap for Nagurski.
The Panhandles: Last of the Sandlotters - by Bob Braunwart and Bob Carroll. Joe Carr and the Nesser brothers gain fame. Before World War I. A Closer Look: Pro Myth? - by David Shapiro. Does the run establish the pass or visa versa?
All-American Flops! - by Bob Braunwart & Bob Carroll. College stars who flunked as pros in 1920s-30s. George McAfee: "One-Play" - by Bob Barnett and Bob Carroll. One of the greatest breakaway runners ever. Those New Records: What Do They Prove? - by David Shapiro. Comparing yesterday with today. Big Foot - courtesy of Ironton Evening Tribune. Glenn Presnell sets a field goal record.