by John J. Miller on March 7, 2011 · 1 comment

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  • Sumo

Booklist says The Big Scrum is an “enjoyable history of a seldom explored turning point in American sports history.” Here’s the full review:

As a Harvard freshman, Teddy Roosevelt attended the second Harvard-Yale football game. Almost 30 years later, as president, Roosevelt was rooting not for a given team but for the survival of the sport. In 1905 alone, 18 players died from injuries on the field, a frightening statistic that brought football prohibitionists out of the woodwork. Roosevelt, who overcame a sickly childhood to become a strong proponent of an active lifestyle, stepped in, summoning university coaches, presidents, and others to the White House. What emerged was a clutch of rule changes, including the forward pass, and an organization to implement and enforce them, the NCAA. In fact, as the subtitle of this volume says, Roosevelt probably saved football. National Review correspondent Miller slips in more than a few digs at progressivism that will annoy liberals. But he’s on target with a necessarily selective biography highlighting Roosevelt’s lifelong affinity for sports and physical activity, thereby providing context for understanding why a president would devote valuable time to what was then a minor sport. Enjoyable history of a seldom explored turning point in American sports history. — Wes Lukowsky

  • Eugenedmiller

    That guy off to the right, does he hae a pistol in his hand??
    Nobody has a helmet on.

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