THE COFFIN CORNER - 1970's

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VOLUME 1 (1979)

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Number 1: The First All-Star Game from the Pittsburgh Press. Five years after the first recognized pro football game, a selected team of all-stars took on the Pittsburgh champs.

Number 2: NFL Competitors, 1935-41 - by Bob Braunwart. Four or more leagues that wanted to be major league rivals of the NFL failed during the Depression.

Number 3: Ohio Tiger Trap: Ohio's First FB Ringers - by Bob Carroll. Massillon wanted an amateur team to rival Canton, but they ended up going pro.

Number 4: The Ironton Tanks: 1919-30 - by Tom Nikitas. Brief history of a strong independent team. The Story of the [Youngstown] Patricians - by Vic Frolund. This strong pre-NFL team vied for the Ohio championship in pre-NFL days.

Number 5: Wee Davey's [O'Brien] Big Day - by Bob Braunwart & Bob Carroll. Davey O’Brien was exceptional even before he set passing records. The Curious Case of the 13th Import - by Bob Braunwart & Bob Carroll. How Frank Tripucka lost by winning in a Canadian twit.

Number 6: Peggy Parratt, MVP - by Milt Roberts. He dominated (and saved) the pro game 1908-14. The First Pro Pass - by Bob Carroll. Who threw it ? Find out here.

Number 7: Johnny Blood: Vagabond Halfback - by Jack Henry in Pittsburgh Steelers Weekly. The story of one of the great characters of football history. A Closer Look: 50-Yd DKs - by Bob Carroll. Some claims of the good ol’ days don’t stand up. The Day They Clobbered the Bronk - by Bernie McCarty. Lone Star Dietz sets a trap for Nagurski.

Number 8: The Panhandles: Last of the Sandlotters - by Bob Braunwart & Bob Carroll. Joe Carr and the Nesser brothers gain fame. Before World War I. A Closer Look: Pro Myth? - by David Shapiro. Does the run establish the pass or visa versa?

Number 9: Ken Strong - by Bob Carroll. His name matched his game in the 1930s. [Jock] Sutherland - by Bob Carroll. The great coach in both college and pro ball.

Number 10: All-American Flops! - by Bob Braunwart & Bob Carroll. College stars who flunked as pros in 1920s-30s. George McAfee: ‘One-Play’ - by Bob Barnett & Bob Carroll. One of the greatest breakaway runners ever. Those New Records: What Do They Prove? - by David Shapiro. Comparing yesterday with today. Big Foot - courtesy of Ironton Evening Tribune. Glenn Presnell sets a field goal record.

PFRA members receive six issues of our official newsletter-magazine, The Coffin Corner. Each issue is 24 pages crammed with pro football history: articles on great players, teams, and games of the past (and some not-so-great), occasionally a stat article, some opinion, and organization news.

 
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