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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (262 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mark Bowden Narrator: Phil Gigante Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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On December 28, 1958, the New York Giants and Baltimore Colts met under the lights of Yankee Stadium for that season's NFL Championship game. Football, growing in popularity amid America's post-war economic boom, was still greatly over-shadowed by the country's favored pastime - baseball - but the 1958 championship proved to be the turning point for pro football.

On the field and roaming the sidelines were 17 future Hall of Famers, including Colts stars Johnny Unitas, Raymond Berry, and Gino Marchetti, and Giants greats Frank Gifford, Sam Huff, and assistant coaches Vince Lombardi and Tom Landry.

Played on a freezing Sunday evening in front of 64,000 fans and an estimated 45 million television viewers around the country - at that time the largest crowd to have ever watched a football game - the championship would become the first sudden-death contest in NFL history. With two minutes left in regulation, Baltimore had possession deep in its own territory, and the ball in the hands of the still unproven quarterback Johnny Unitas.

The Best Game Ever is a brilliant portrait of how a single game changed the history of American sports. Published to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the championship, it is destined to be a sports classic. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Dan Logue | 2/15/2014

    " Bowden describes the 1958 NFL Championship game, and the important on and off the field characters, that is still considered by many to be the "greatest game ever played." I am a big Bowden fan, and celebrate most of his work (Doctor Dealer excluded), but I was somewhat disappointed-I was hoping he would examine the transformational nature of that particular game in much greater detail. This effort pales in comparison to Going Long, which I would highly recommend to those looking to learn about the formation of the modern day NFL. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jim | 12/13/2013

    " A good book, because I learned a lot about the game that I did not know. But, it was laced with over-used anecdotes. My standard in this genre is "When Pride Mattered: A Life of Vince Lombardi" by David Marannis I also loved "Johnny U" by Callahan. This book doesn't stack up to either standard. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Larry Deaton | 12/4/2013

    " Good book. The part of it that deals with Raymond Berry is by far the best. A lot of new info on this wonderful receiver. The material on Unitas isn't bad either. ;-) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kevin | 11/1/2013

    " "Imagine being on the sideline of the first NFL championship game between the Giants and Colts to be decided in Sudden Death Overtime. Johnny U, Raymond Berry, Y.A. Tittle, the Giffer, and of course Alan Ameche. The story of this game with the inside stories of many of the greatest NFL players. As if this game was not exciting enough!" "

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