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When the Colts Belonged to Baltimore: A Father and a Son, a Team and a Time
In this personal and moving book, William Gildea blends reminiscences of his boyhood in Baltimore with profiles of famous Colts players such as Johnny Unitas, Lenny Moore, Gino Marchetti, Raymond Berry, Art Donovan, Y. A. Tittle, and others. Recalling his relationship with his father and the love they shared for a team, Gildea evokes the spirit of 1950s America, when profe ...more
Paperback, 311 pages
Published September 13th 1996 by Johns Hopkins University Press
(first published August 1st 1994)
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Jan 08, 2009 Mahlon rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: NFL fans, Colts fans, anyone who loves Baltimore
Recommended to Mahlon by: Amazon
William Gildea's touching memoir takes us back to the halcyon days of 50's Baltimore when football was king and giants roamed the earth, and sometimes even lived in your neighborhood. The author and his father lived and died with the Colts in Memorial stadium on Sunday afternoons. Drawing upon this wealth of boyhood memories, supplemented by interviews with Colt players as well as fans like himself. He effortlessly weaves these various elements into a nostalgic tapestry that serves as both a fit ...more
Sep 23, 2014 Paul Haspel rated it it was amazing
Where the Baltimore Colts of the National Football League once played, at horseshoe-shaped Memorial Stadium on 33rd Street in North Baltimore, nothing remains. One would never know that that empty grass oval near some apartment buildings was once a beating heart of Baltimore’s civic life. It was "The World's Largest Outdoor Insane Asylum" -- a place where thousands cheered raucously on autumn Sundays for their gridiron heroes in royal blue and white. Thirty years have passed since the Baltimore ...more
A wonderful book about an age in sports we will never see again. The Colts were more than just a pro football team; they were very much a part of the community. A must read for Baltimore Colts fans and football fans who remember that pro football did exist before the Super Bowl.
Since I am a Indianapolis Colts fan I thought it would be good to read some history on the Baltimore Colts. It was a long read, I'll say that much. I enjoyed some of the stories about the old players, and reading about the NFL before it became a big corporate enterprise, however, at times the book began to drag on a bit. It also read like a newspaper article in some extended passages.