Principles of Football


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HEISMAN, John W. Principles of Football. St. Louis: Sports Publishing Bureau, (1922). Octavo, original blue and red pictorial cloth, original dust jacket.

Second edition of this classic volume of football strategy by one of the great college coaches of all time, with numerous in-text diagrams of plays, expanded to include a frontispiece portrait and 18 full-page game-play photographs. Scarce and desirable in original dust jacket.

"One of the sport's chief innovators, Heisman developed one of the first shifts, which was named for him. He was probably the first coach to have both guards pull to lead an end run, a forerunner of the Green Bay Packer power sweep of the 1960s. And he may have been the first to have the center toss the ball back instead of rolling or kicking it, though others claimed that honor. An early advocate of legalizing the forward pass, Heisman was also a proponent of dividing a game into quarters instead of halves. He was a founder and twice president of the American Football Coaches Association. After retiring from coaching, he became athletic director of the Downtown Athletic Club in New York City. The club in 1935 began awarding a trophy to college football's outstanding player. After Heisman died in 1936, the award became known as the Heisman Memorial Trophy" (College Football Hall of Fame). First published in 1921, Heisman's classic treatise on the principles of football features a chapter on football "axioms," contained in "no other published work on the great college game." First published in 1921 without photographic illustrations. Owner signature on front pastedown inked over.

Book bright and near-fine, dust jacket with chipping to spine ends and corners, not affecting title or imprint, archival reinforcement to spine folds along verso, very good. Scarce and desirable with the original dust jacket.

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