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The Rose Bowl,  by Michelle L. Turner, Pasadena Museum of History


The Rose Bowl is best known for hosting the "granddaddy of them all"--the much anticipated major college football game held every January 1.  It has further secured its place in sports history by hosting Super Bowls, BCS football championships, Olympic games, and World Cup finals.  For the residents of Pasadena, the Rose Bowl is also an important community center.  In addition to football games (and Caltech pranks), many Pasadenans remember graduating at the bowl.  Over the years, the Rose Bowl has hosted numerous concerts, peace rallies, festivals, flea markets, and Fourth of July celebrations.  And the structure itself, designed by architect Myron Hunt, is seen by many as a proud testament to Pasadena's commitment to architectural innovation.  The photographs in this book, many from the archives of the Pasadena Museum of History, highlight the Rose Bowl's memorable sports moments as well as the stadium's unique role in Pasadena's cultural life. 

Softcover, 6 x 9, 128 pgs. 

Price: $21.00


Bear Memories: The Chicago-Green Bay Rivalry,  by Beth Gorr
The Chicago Bears and the Green Bay Packers have squared off against each other on midwestern gridirons every year since 1921. Every game involves an enduring rivalry that is felt by fans and players alike. "Each year," said Jim Flanigan, "at the start of the season, fans we'd meet would have just one request--please beat Green Bay." Harlan Hill recalls "Halas would provide food according to how we had fared against the Packers. If we won, it was steaks for everybody. But if we lost, we were lucky to be served hamburgers." Brian Baschnagel says, "Doug Buffone took me aside to tell me about (the importance of) Green Bay games. It definitely was not a game to be taken for granted." Halas, Lombardi, Butkus, Payton, Favre and nearly 50 Hall of Famers have taken part in the fierce competition. Beth Gorr, lontime writer for the Bear Report, weaves together a narrative of memories that recall the intensity and mutual respect of the NFL's most celebrated rivalry.
Softcover: 6 x 9, 128 pages
Price: $21.00


Chicago Bears History,  by Roy Taylor 


When George S. Halas was asked to rebuild the Staley Company's football club in Decatur, Illinois in 1920, no one could have imagined that his efforts would forever change Sunday afternoons in America. Halas helped found the National Football League, and with it the Chicago Bears, the most storied franchise in the league's history. From the Galloping Ghost, to the Monsters of the Midway, to that indomitable "46" defense--"the Grabowskis," as the coach named them--Bears teams and players have made such an impact on the "city of big shoulders" that Chicago will be forever known as a "Bears town." (Visit Roy Taylor's website at


Softcover, 6 x 9, 128 pgs.
Price: $21.00



 Green Bay Packers: Legends in Green and Gold,  by William Povletich


After surviving bankruptcy, enduring numerous seasons of mediocrity, and playing in the smallest market of any major sports team in America, the Green Bay Packers have risen to the top to be recognized as one of the greatest franchises in sports history. Their football legacy is second to none—12 NFL Championships, 25 Pro Football Hall of Fame members, and names like Lombardi, Lambeau, and Favre, synonymous with a winning tradition. In a time when big money and television markets dictate escalating player salaries and franchise relocations, the Green Bay Packers continue to succeed as a professional sports anomaly. A lifelong Packer Backer and award-wining documentary producer, William Povletich chronicles the team’s phenomenal successes, heartbreaking letdowns, and legendary moments, beginning with an inauspicious inception in 1919 through the Super Bowl XXXI victory over the New England Patriots in 1997. Using rare photographs, he visually narrates this classic story of David versus Goliath, as played out on the pro football gridirons of the 20th century.

Softcover, 6 x 9, 128 pgs.

Price:  $21.00


Northwestern Wildcat Football,  by Larry LaTourette


They were once regarded as a powerhouse, but 25 years ago the Northwestern University football team set records for futility.  Defying nearly all expectations, the Wildcats experienced a rebirth in 1995 and have been surprising the college football world since. Northwestern Wildcat Football describes in detail the team's first games in the 19th century, their title runs in the 1930s, the career of NU legend Otto Graham, the 1949 Rose Bowl championship, the era of Ara Parseghian, the woes of the '70s and '80s, and Northwestern's return to football prominence in the past decade.  From their beginning as one of the earliest college teams in the Midwest to the recent series of Big Ten championships, the Northwestern Wildcats have clawed their way to 8 conference titles, 36 All-Americans, and victory in some of the most thrilling college football games ever played.  Over 100 photographs of the Wildcats, including many from the university archives and some that have not been seen by the public in decades.

Softcover, 6 x 9, 128 pgs.    

Price:  $19.95


San Francisco 49ers,  by Martin Jacobs


Frankie Albert. Leo Nomellini. Bob St. Clair. Jimmy Johnson. Joe Montana. Jerry Rice. Bill Walsh. Steve Young. Ronnie Lott. Hugh McElhenny. Joe Perry. John Henry Johnson. Roger Craig. The legendary names roll off the tongue of every 49ers fan—never to be forgotten. Since 1946 when they were born into the All-American Football League, the 49ers have been pro football’s most exciting and envied franchise. All of the cliffhangers and heartbreakers at grand old Kezar Stadium, and the blustering winds of Candlestick Park . . . where games were decided in the last seconds. The 49ers’ unrivaled record includes 5 Super Bowl appearances and 5 victories, 17 NFC Western division titles, and an unbelievable 16 consecutive seasons with at least 10 regular-season wins. Eleven 49ers have been inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame. Packed with stories and statistics and over 200 rare archival photographs, this detailed tribute is a must for every fan’s library.


Softcover, 6 x 9, 128 pgs.

Price: $21.00