A Team for America: When West Point Football Rallied a Nation at War
There never has been a sports event, perhaps never an event of any kind, that received the attention of so many Americans in so many places around the world.” So wrote a reporter on December 2, 1944, about the greatest Army- Navy football game in the long history of that storied rivalry. World War II raged in Europe, Africa, and the Pacific; President Roosevelt was seriou
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To be honest, the storied Army-Navy rivalry has never really manifested much excitement in me, mainly because the teams haven't been major players in college football for almost half a century. To most post-baby boomers it is hard to fathom these two military schools ever being equal to today's LSU or Alabama, but during World War II, they were grid ...more
The years of World War II were certainly trying times for college athletics. Many of the potential athletes that would play sports in college were fighting in one of the military branches. The military academies were losing some of their players early as course work and military training was accelerated to get commissioned officers ready for combat duty quicker. ...more
Brigadier General Robert Eichelberger worried that ...more
So in many cases, the strongest writing of this book deals with cultural details that a historian of the ear would be keenly inter ...more
The story builds to a conclusion with the Army-Navy game of 1944. Army hadn't beaten Navy for several years. This game was broadcast to US soldiers practically world wide.
Interspersed with ...more