The Big Scrum: How Teddy Roosevelt Saved Football. John J. Miller.

The Big Scrum: How Teddy Roosevelt Saved Football

Harper, 2011. First edition. Hardcover. Firts printing. As new in dust jacket. Hardcover. 258 pp. with index, Illustrated. In its infancy in the late 19th century, American football was a work in progress, played mainly by colleges especially te Ivy League, with no set rules, and with players subject to serious injury and even death. Harvard University's president Charles W. Eliot tried to abolish the game but oppostion came from an unlikely source---President Theodore Roosevelt. Not himself much of a sports fan, he was an advocate of "the strenuous life" and saw the game as a forge for building manly character. In 1905 he summoned the coahed of Harvard, Yale and Princeton to the White House and urged them to act to preserve the game; the result was the establishment of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). As New / as new. Item #E24491
ISBN: 9780061744501

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