Thursday, January 24, 2013

The Green Bay Packers (1946)

As we come to grips with a long offseason ahead of us, we’ve decided to embark on a lengthy feature on books about the Green Bay Packers through the years. It won’t be every book ever published on the team, but it will be the majority of them, and you will be surprised at how many there are — and more are added each year. We started collecting yearbooks first, then books over 40 years ago. So, we hope at least some of you will find this series interesting, and we will interrupt it when events dictate.

First on the list is The Green Bay Packers, by Arch Ward, written back in 1946. This first history of the team was written by the veteran Chicago sportswriter who created both the Baseball All-Star Game and the football College All-Star Game. One reviewer has commented that this is “a mostly anecdotal history that hangs a great deal of legend and myth on a framework of facts.”

You can find copies of this book online now and then, and depending on condition, the prices widely vary.

The Green Bay Packers: The Story of Professional Football
By Arch Ward
G. P. Putnam's sons, 1946
240 Pages