When Saturday Mattered Most

When Saturday Mattered Most

The Last Golden Season of Army Football

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Traces the story of the 1958 Army football team and their controversial coach, placing their achievements against a backdrop of the dawn of professional football.

McMillan Palgrave

When Saturday Mattered Most is the stirring story of the 1958 undefeated Army football team and the controversial coach who inspired Vince Lombardi

It was the end of an era, the last season before the surge of professional football began to lure the nation's best young student-athletes away from the military academies. That fall, the Black Knights of Army were the class of the nation. Mark Beech, a second-generation West Pointer, recounts this memorable and never-to-be-repeated season with:


- Pete Dawkins, the Heisman Trophy winner who rose to the rank of Brigadier General

- The long-reclusive Bill Carpenter, the fabled "lonesome end" who earned the Distinguished Service Cross for saving his company in Vietnam

- Red Blaik, who led Army back to glory after the cribbing scandal and had the field at Michie Stadium named in his honor


Combining the triumph of The Junction Boys with the heroics of The Long Gray Line,Beech captures a unique period in the history of football, the military, and mid-twentieth-century America.



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& Taylor

"It was the end of an era, the last season before the surge of professional football began to lure the nation's best young student-athletes away from the military academies. That fall, the Black Knights of Army were the class of the nation. Mark Beech, asecond-generation West Pointer, recounts this memorable and never-to-be-repeated season with: Pete Dawkins, the Heisman Trophy winner who rose to the rank of Brigadier General The long-reclusive Bill Carpenter, the fabled "lonesome end" who earned the Distinguished Service Cross for saving his company in Vietnam Red Blaik, who led Army back to glory after the cribbing scandal and had the field at Michie Stadium named in his honor Combining the triumph of The Junction Boys with the heroics of The Long Gray Line, Beech captures a unique period in the history of football, the military, and mid-twentieth-century America. "--
Traces the uplifting parallel stories of the 1958 Army football team and the controversial coach who inspired such stars as Vince Lombardi, placing their achievements against a backdrop of the dawn of professional football while citing the achievements of such figures as Heisman Trophy winner Pete Dawkins and decorated Vietnam hero Bill Carpenter.

Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books, 2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780312548186
0312548184
Branch Call Number: 796.33263 B391w
Characteristics: 274 p. : ill. ; 24 cm

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