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Striking Gridiron: A Town's Pride and a Team's Shot at Glory During the Biggest Strike in American History

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In the summer of 1959, most of the town of Braddock, Pennsylvania---along with half a million steel workers around the country---went on strike in the longest labor stoppage in American history. With no paychecks coming in, the families of Braddock looked to its football team for inspiration.

The Braddock Tigers had played for five amazing seasons, a total of 45 games, with
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published September 16th 2014 by Thomas Dunne Books
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Ambivalent though I am about football, I nevertheless am totally aware of its ability to draw people to the television on Sunday [and Monday, and etc...]. Striking Gridiron is about a town pulverized by the steel workers' strike in the 1950's, a high school football coach named Klausing, and the boys from Braddock High who played the game.

From their coach they learned discipline, respect for themselves and others, confidence, manners. Oh, and yes, they learned how to play winning football. Klau
Michael Griswold
Every book about a high school football team for better or worse may be judged against Friday Night Lights. When the subject is football this book is first rate. The reader feels like they are on the dirty, muddy, rain-soaked fields of Western Pennsylvania during the 1950's. The reader almost feels himself being hit, the pop of the pads, the jarring bone crushing hits. Where the book struggles somewhat is when the topic is not football. Nichols touches on the steel mill strike of 1959 and the ef ...more
This book about a high school football team from the 50’s in Pennsylvania, Braddock Pennsylvania, to be exact. Opens with the last game of the 1958 season North Braddock High against Braddock High, Braddock won 9-6 and now along with the championship coach Klausing has another year to see if they can remain undefeated for six years. The story entwines his love of his family and how important they are to him, 5 children and his wife who at this time they have been married 15 years. The author tak ...more
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(I received a free copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.)

Striking Gridiron: A Town's Pride and a Team's Shot at Glory During the Biggest Strike in American History tells the story of the Braddock Tigers, a high school football team in the midst of a winning run that has stretched over 5 seasons. The story tells of the 1959 season and the many hardships faced by the players, the team and the community they live in (in Pennsylvania) during the national steel strike th
Adverse events and high school football have both been around for a while. The two have often intersected during the long period while the two have existed simultaneously. These instances are frequently chronicled by purveyors of the written word. As a result, Greg Nichols' Striking Gridiron, which recounts a western Pennsylvanian team's attempt at breaking the consecutive win record in the midst of a steel strike, enters a pretty crowded field. The book is well-written and researched and decent ...more
Sean Kottke
Disclaimer: I received an advance electronic copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This deserves to be on the same shelf with Friday Night Lights and Muck City and the documentary Undefeated as an essential entry in the literature on the central role that high school football plays in shaping American community identities, particularly in small communities in crisis. It also happens to be a great story of American labor and race relations at a pivotal point at the end of what Eric
Striking Gridiron covers the record breaking run of the Braddock Tigers and the national steel strike that intertwined the season. This book offers not only a look at high school football and a team that fought through their toughness to break six years of undefeated seasons. The story follows key players, the coach and the town that cheered the team on to victory. This book provides an excellent look into a steel town that has fallen from its former glory today. As someone who used to recruit h ...more
(I received a copy of this title from NetGalley in exchange for review.)

In Striking Gridiron, Greg Nichols recounts the story of the Braddock Tigers and their 1959 quest to break the record for the longest winning streak in high school football. Nichols' narrative focuses primarily on Tigers coach Chuck Klausing and the role he played in shaping the on- and off-the-field experiences of his players.

Klausing is, without a doubt, the central focus of the book - the majority of the narrative is dev
Brian E. Spivey
I received this book through a Goodreads giveaway.

Having attended high school at a small school, much smaller than Braddock, during the 1970's I was easily able to related to the idea and and circumstances dealt with in this book. I,too,was a high school football player with little or no opportunity for a scholarship due to attending such a small school.

The idea of following this outstanding football team as they sought and captured a record 56 straight games was inspired. The author gave insigh
Excellent sports book about a real-life Friday Night Lights town and high school team in the 1950's. It's refreshing to read a sports story that doesn't involve scandal, drugs, or cocky, overpaid pro athletes. I would have appreciated a bit more on the steel strikes and their national and local impact. The strikes are mostly just addressed as the reason that the labor force got so excited about football as a distraction.
Greg Nichols' book Striking Gridiron puts Friday Night Lights to shame. The prose and imagery was so vivid it reads as more a narrative than a non-fiction work. I couldn't put it down for even a second. I felt myself pulling for the Tigers and the cast of characters I came to love. Nichols is an amazing author and I can't wait to see what he writes next.
victor harris
Covers the Braddock, Pa. Tigers of 1959 as they attempt to set the record for the nation's longest winning streak in high school football. Set against the backdrop of the cultural milieu of the 1950s and the 1959 steel strike that economically paralyzed Braddock, it is a fast-paced enjoyable read. Excellent game action descriptions and biographical portraits of the main characters.
Sarah at Sarah's Book Shelves
My husband and I are big football fans and harbor soft spots for goose bump-inducing high school football stories. So, Striking Gridiron was right up my alley. The big question was if Nichols would be able to give me goose bumps in a situation where I already knew the ending…but, he succeeded!

That being said, this is a book for football fans.

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Author and journalist GREG NICHOLS has followed his penchant for place-based reporting from the barrios of South America to the steel towns of Western Pennsylvania. His article on Braddock for Pittsburgh Quarterly won the 2012 Golden Quill Awards for Best History/Culture Feature and Best Sports Feature.

Nichols holds a B.A. in philosophy from the University of California at Santa Barbara, and an M.
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