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When Saturday Mattered Most: The Last Golden Season of Army Football

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When Saturday Mattered Most is the stirring story of the 1958 undefeated Army football team and the controversial coach who inspired Vince Lombardi

It was the end of an era, the last season before the surge of professional football began to lure the nation's best young student-athletes away from the military academies. That fall, the Black Knights of Army were the class of
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Hardcover, 288 pages
Published September 18th 2012 by Thomas Dunne Books
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Camden Brannon
Jan 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
When Saturday mattered most was a good look into the last season of Army footballs dominance in college football.it was an intriguing read and was disappointed when i was done.
John Yingling
Jun 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
This takes me back to my childhood, and watching college football on our family's little black and white TV. But more than that, it transports me to a different sports world: when college football was played almost exclusively on Saturday afternoons; when players didn't do celebratory dances after every single good play; when college football was not the big business that it is today, and when players could be people you actually admired, and wanted to emulate, because of their conduct on and of ...more
Rich Anderson
Jul 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is the story of the last undefeated Army football team. The author shares biographical sketches of Coach Red Blaik and numerous members of the 1958 team. He also provides some historical context regarding the glory years of Army football and the downfall resulting from an honor scandal in 1951.

Interesting to me was the mention of the head trainer Ed Pillings and the football coach's secretary Harriet Demerest. Both of whom were still working in the same capacities when I met them in the mi
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Jersey Joe
Jan 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is one of those special works of non-fiction, taking the reader back to West Point in the 1950's, specifically the college football season of 1958 which was the last time any of the military academies was ranked Number 1 during the season. But the book is so much more, as Beech delineates how in a wider context, this also marked the beginning of changes in the importance of professional sports and in society.
Karen & Gerard
When Saturday Mattered Most--The Last Golden Season of Army Football by Mark Beech is a really good non-fiction account about the 1958 football season that Army had. They went undefeated and finished as high as No. 3 in the final poll. They haven't even come close since. I enjoyed the off-the-field accounts of the coach and players as much as the game by game recap. If you love football, then it's a no-brainer that you should read this book!
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