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Lost Champions
Author: Gr hen Atwood

ISBN: 9781620406007
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 26 October 2016
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5 x 2.9
Description:
The story of the integration of professional football--the year before Jackie Robinson did the same for baseball--has been overlooked for too long.

Many know the story of Jackie Robinson integrating major league baseball in 1947. But few know that the NFL integrated a year earlier, when Kenny Washington stepped on the field for the Los Angeles Rams.

He wasn't the only one. Four men broke pro football's color line in 1946, Kenny Washington and Woody Strode with the Los Angeles Rams and Bill Willis and Marion Motley with the Cleveland Browns.

Lost Champions traces this history from the early 1930s--when NFL owners first instituted a ban on black players--through pro football's re-integration, to the 1950 NFL Championship Game, which pitted the Rams and Browns against each other in a showdown of the most prolific and advanced offenses pro football had ever seen.

But the battle wasn't just waged on the gridiron. Lost Champions shows how efforts to integrate sports sits within the often-ignored history of the civil rights movement in the 1940s. The four player...

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