The Game of Their Lives

The Game of Their Lives In the late spring of eleven young immigrants sons most of them strangers to each other came together for the love and fun of a game They came from Missouri Pennsylvania Massachusetts and N

  • Title: The Game of Their Lives
  • Author: Geoffrey Douglas
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 422
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • In the late spring of 1950, eleven young immigrants sons, most of them strangers to each other, came together for the love and fun of a game They came from Missouri, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and New York, from jobs in canneries, brickyards, post offices, classrooms, and bars, to play for their country in the 1950 World Cup, resulting in what has since been called, byIn the late spring of 1950, eleven young immigrants sons, most of them strangers to each other, came together for the love and fun of a game They came from Missouri, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and New York, from jobs in canneries, brickyards, post offices, classrooms, and bars, to play for their country in the 1950 World Cup, resulting in what has since been called, by scores of sources for than forty yeras, the greatest upset victory in the history of American sports But no one in America at the time paid attention Their only public honor roughly twenty minutes worth was from a throng of strangers in a Brazilian mining town This is the story of the lives of these men their jobs, wives, sweethearts, neighborhoods, the innocence of their era, the anonymity in which they worked and played It is the story of heroism, stoicism, and simple unsung grace Of a time before television, endorsement contracts, movie rights for serial killers, and seven figure idols who denigrate us all And ultimately though it is not a sports story it is the story of a game, played brilliantly A single game of soccer, the greater game of life.

    One thought on “The Game of Their Lives”

    1. A short,solid but interesting bio covering The 1950 USA football side that beat England at the World Cup. Perhaps too short,more information about the players who passed on would have been good,also the match was described in sometimes confusing American terms. |Some interesting stuffregarding working class life in the USA in the 30s/40s/50s.

    2. Part retelling of the famous United States upset of England at the 1950 World Cup, and part background of the men involved, this book tells both well, particularly as it paints pictures of life in the U.S in the early 1900s. Recommended for fans of soccer and/or good sports stories.

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