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Old Leather: An Oral History of Early Pro Football in Ohio, 1920-1935
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Very little has been documented about the early days of pro football and the pioneers who had a major influence on the history if the National Football League (NFL).  Willis addresses this neglect  with Old Leather: An Oral History of Early Pro Football in Ohio, 1920-1935.  This collection of original and archival interviews of former players, owners, fans, family members, and league officials provides a rare glimpse into the origins of professional football.

Full of rich anecdotes, the book recounts wonderful stories of such early stars as Red Grange. Jim Thorpe, Dutch Clark, Glenn Presnell, and Pete Henry.  The interviews also reveal how small towns such as Canton, Akron, Columbus, and Dayton came to host franchises as Ohio became a major force in the founding and growth of the NFL.

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