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The Glory Game: How the 1958 NFL Championship Changed Football Forever

3.50  ·  Rating Details  ·  78 Ratings  ·  21 Reviews
In 1958 Frank Gifford was the golden boy on the glamour team in the most celebrated city in the NFL. When his New York Giants played the Baltimore Colts for the league championship that year, it became the single most memorable contest in the history of professional football. Broadcast to an audience of millions, it was the first title game ever to go into sudden-death ove ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published November 4th 2008 by Harper (first published October 31st 2008)
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Nov 20, 2008 Mahlon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Any football fan who appreciates the great players of the past
Recommended to Mahlon by: Amazon
Shelves: read-2008
Written in an engaging and conversational style, The Glory Game by Frank Gifford and Peter Richmond chronicles the epic 1958 NFL Championship Game between the Baltimore Colts and New York Giants. Eventually won by the Colts in the first sudden-death overtime in the history of the sport, "The greatest game ever played" or "Best Game Ever" cemented the NFL's place at the forefront of American popular culture. There has been lots written about the game over the years, but Gifford, the Giants star R ...more
Dec 10, 2008 Robert rated it it was amazing
According to Frank Gifford, even those who played in the NFL championship game in 1958 did not realize that it would later be widely viewed as the greatest game ever played. He acknowledges that he made two critically important fumbles that proved costly to the Giants. Gifford asserts that it was not even well-played until the fourth quarter and then during the first ever sudden-death overtime period before Alan Ameche scored from the one-yard line and the Baltimore Colts defeated the New York G ...more
John Theofanis
Jun 01, 2014 John Theofanis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Frank Gifford was a hero of mythological proportions in the late 1950s. Frank played running back for the New York Giants. New York has a way of creating legends, mythologizing sports stars and gilding them with Greek-godlike attributes. Frank fit the bill. He had the looks. Frank ran gracefully as a running back as the New York Giants football team, the tam that found its identity in hallowed Yankee Stadium. As a ten year old kid I liked the guy, number 16 on his uniform, and he embodied the tr ...more
Nov 22, 2008 Meg marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I'm a Texan, so I pretty much BREATHE football...

Tom Gase
I picked up this book on the 1958 championship game between the Baltimore Colts and New York Giants when I saw it in the bargain section. I was interested in it because it was suppossed to be author David Halberstam's last book, but he was involved in a fatal car accident in Menlo Park, CA while doing research for it. Due to Halberstam's death, former New York Giant and Monday Night Football broadcaster, Frank Gifford, took over the project for Halberstam. In the very first chapter, Gifford tell ...more
Kyle Winston
Oct 25, 2010 Kyle Winston rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The 1958 New York Giants-Baltimore Colts National Football League Championship game is considered to be "the Greatest game ever played", being the first professional football game in the championship to go into sudden death overtime. Hosted in Yankee Stadium, it housed more that 64,000 fans that went on to watch the Colts beat the Giants 23-17. Frank Gifford writes this book, with help from sports writes Peter Richmond, as a halfback from the Giants who started and played in that game. Gifford ...more
Nov 24, 2012 Jan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am a little embarrassed to be giving this book four stars, because the story doesn't really quite flow and the ghostwriting is poor. It suffers too much from the "old sports legend tells a few stories and no one really bothers to cobble those stories together." All that it needed was a few more non-sequiturs and we could have recreated my grandmother at Christmas, saying to all of our guests, "What I think is wrong with this country is that not enough people have roast Capon for dinner." (True ...more
Nathan Cordero
This is a good book about the 1958 NFL championship game. This game is considered to be the greatest football game ever played. Author Frank Gifford who really played in this game described well how the game went and each player in it. For those who saw the game they witnessed a great game and something to remember. The Colts ended up defeating the Giants 23-17. It was the first game in NFL history to have an overtime. The game took place in Yankee Stadium. 64000 fans were in attendance at the s ...more
John Orman
May 15, 2013 John Orman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Purportedly, the NFL as we know it now began with the 1958 Championship game, in which Baltimore Colts defeated the NY Giants. Frank Gifford's memoir of that game is not as exciting as being there, or even watching it on TV, but it is mighty close!

The first title game to ever go into sudden-death overtime. The inside story is told by 1956 MVP and Hall of Famer Frank Gifford, who followed up his playing days with a long time career as a sports commentator, most notably on Monday Night Football.

Kristy K
POV: 1st Person
Genre: Autobiographical, Sports
I started reading this book a while a go and just now got to finishing it. It was a very interesting and informative, albeit long and overly detailed read. The book focuses on the 1958 NFL championship game. The look into the players' lives and football culture as whole enlightens you to a world of football so different than today's. However, I felt that the book could have been condensed. There is almost a play by play breakdown of each quarter and
Steven Freeman
Feb 02, 2016 Steven Freeman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
Great mix of a detailed summary of the game and stories about the players involved.
Jun 17, 2012 charlie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is not a brilliant book - but there is something overwhelmingly charming about Frank Gifford's narration. As a broadcaster, he was pretty "Jack Webb", but here we hear the passion he felt for the game of football, and the guys he shared the field with. I have heard about the "greatest game ever played' for my whole life - but knew very little about it - this book told me the whole story and put everything in perspective.
I just finished reading the Best Game Ever before I read Glory Game. I'm glad that I had read the other book first. Best gave a more balanced account of the players, coaches and the game. Gifford focused on the Giants, as he should have, and gave a great account of all the clubs and bars in NY during the late 50's. I would have preferred less alcohol and more football.
P.e. lolo
Mar 18, 2012 P.e. lolo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good story about the 58 title game from the giants side. Liked how Frank Gifford talked to players from both teams and his honesty in the book. Anyone who likes the history of pro football this is a good book to start.
Mar 17, 2009 Elena rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting story of the first NFL game to go into overtime. It was also the first hurry-up offense, run by Johnny Unitas. It must have been thrilling. Not a masterpiece of Western literature but a good story.
Fun anecdotes from Gifford and tons of interviews of the players who made this game so special. I learned a lot of the backstory and internal workings to this game that many books glossed over.
Dec 28, 2010 Brian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was the greatest game played. I am a life long football fan and I never realized that this was the first overtime game in history. Giff has some great stories in here.
Feb 23, 2012 Hunter rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Mostly just antecdotes and personal memories. Very little 'big picture' and certainly didn't live up to the subtitle and explain how it changed Football forever.
Massimo Foglio
Feb 01, 2013 Massimo Foglio rated it did not like it
Shelves: football, in-inglese
Una stella non per il contenuto ma per lo spiacevole fatto che la mia edizione monca di una quarantina di pagine centrali che lo rendono impossibile da leggere. ...more
Feb 25, 2009 Chuck rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
If I were a bigger sports fan I'm sure I would have enjoyed this book more. But still I enjoyed reading about the early days of the NFL.
Rambled quit a bit and wasn't very organized.
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