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John J. Miller
The Big Scrum: How Teddy Roosevelt Saved Football
 
 
Author
John J. Miller.
Publisher Harper  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.25 x 6.25 x 1 inches
ISBN 9780061744501
Pages/Publication Date 258/2011
Daedalus Item Code 23944
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"As a Harvard freshman, Teddy Roosevelt attended the second Harvard-Yale football game. Almost 30 years later, as president, Roosevelt was rooting not for a given team but for the survival of the sport. In 1905 alone, 18 players died from injuries on the field, a frightening statistic that brought football prohibitionists out of the woodwork. Roosevelt, who overcame a sickly childhood to become a strong proponent of an active lifestyle, stepped in, summoning university coaches, presidents, and others to the White House. What emerged was a clutch of rule changes, including the forward pass, and an organization to implement and enforce them, the NCAA. In fact, as the subtitle of this volume says, Roosevelt probably saved football. National Review correspondent [John] Miller slips in more than a few digs at progressivism ... but he's on target with a necessarily selective biography highlighting Roosevelt's lifelong affinity for sports and physical activity, thereby providing context for understanding why a president would devote valuable time to what was then a minor sport. Enjoyable history of a seldom explored turning point in American sports history."Booklist
 
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