That First Season

That First Season

How Vince Lombardi Took the Worst Team in the NFL and Set It on the Path to Glory

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The untold story of Vince Lombardi's first season as coach of the 1959 Green Bay Packers.

John Eisenberg's That First Season is the seldom-studied prequel to a phenomenal football career for Vince Lombardi and the Packers, drawing on exhaustive new research and interviews to tell an incredible ensemble tale of a team, a town, and their leader.

The once-vaunted Green Bay Packers were a laughing stock by the late 1950s. They hadn't fielded a winning team in more than a decade and were close to losing their franchise to another city. They were in desperate need of a savior, and he arrived in a wood-paneled station wagon in the dead of winter from New York City. In a single year, Vince Lombardi—the grizzled coach who took no bull—transformed a team of underachievers into winners and resurrected a city known for its passion for sport.



Baker & Taylor
Celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of Vince Lombardi's first season in Green Bay, the author chronicles the coach's first year as head coach with the franchise he would reinvent and etch forever in football history, in a book based on interviews and thorough research.

Blackwell North Amer
In the late 1950s the once vaunted Green Bay Packers were a laughingstock. They hadn't fielded a winning team in more than a decade and were nearly in jeopardy of losing their franchise to another city. The ultimate low came in 1958 when, with seven future Hall of Famers on the team, they went a lousy 1-10-1 under a too soft coach, Scooter McLean. They were desperately in need of a savior, and he arrived in a wood-paneled station wagon in the dead of winter from New York City.
That First Season chronicles Vince Lombardi's remarkable first year as head coach of the franchise he would reinvent and etch forever in football history. In a single year, as the grizzled coach who took no bull, Lombardi would transform a team of underachievers into winners and reignite a city known for its passion for football. Based on exhaustive new research and interviews, That First Season is the seldom-studied prequel to a football career marked by greatness. John Eisenberg clears away the mist that surrounds the Lombardi legend to bring readers the real story of how the seeds of a football dynasty were sown. He also brings alive an incredible ensemble tale of a town, a team, and one determined leader.

Baker
& Taylor

Celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of Vince Lombardi's first season in Green Bay, the author chronicles the coach's first year as head coach with the franchise he would reinvent and etch forever in football history.

Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009
ISBN: 9780618904990
Branch Call Number: 796.332 LOMBA EISEN
Characteristics: xii, 292 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm

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