First in War, Third in the AAFC: The Story of Pro Football’s Yankees and Dodgers

July 3, 2015   ·     ·   Jump to comments

World War II ended, and American soldiers came marching home ready for some football.
Some returned ready to play football. Most came back to watch. A cabal of millionaire entrepreneurs waited stateside to welcome them all onto the rosters and through the turnstiles of an all-new professional football league. Returning soldiers and the fans who never left for war suddenly faced a dizzying array of pro football choices, including a jumble of teams vying for the right to call themselves the Yankees and Dodgers.
This is the story of how a 20-year-old B-17 co-pilot with a knack for narrow escapes, some military-base football superstars, a legendary baseball executive, one of the Navy's leading medical experts, several blustery businessmen and an adviser to one of the 20th century's most important military figures joined forces to battle a formidable foe. No, not the Axis. The Cleveland Browns.
This is the story of the Yankees and Dodgers of the All-America Football Conf...

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