The Long Pass by Lou Sahadi with an Introduction by Don Maynard

$ 12.00

The Long Pass by Lou Sahadi with an Introduction by Don Maynard is a 238-page hardcover published by The World Publishing Company, 1969, stated first edition.  There's light shelf wear to the dust jacket.  Inside, the book is in nearly perfect condition, with the exception of old sticker residue on the front paste down.  The condition is very good. 

Book Summary

Eighteen-points--an unheard-of spread in championship play--said the New York Jets couldn't win the 1969 Super Bowl.  But Joe Namath and company scoffed.  And on January 12 they dazzled fans and foes alike with the most spectacular upset victory in football history. 

How did Harry Wismer's lowly 1960 Titans ever become the World Champion Jets of 1968?

The sportswriter best equipped to tell the Jets' amazing success story is Lou Sahadi, a long-time personal friend of Namath, Don Maynard, Coach Weeb Ewbank, and the late Harry Wismer.  Sahadi's close association with the Jets team is such that during the Super Bowl, when Namath jammed his thump during the third quarter and went to the sidelines, it was to Lou Sahadi that he threw passes to loosen up.  And throughout the game Sahadi moved up and down the sidelines with the action; he was the only writer allowed access to the player bench area.

Sahadi gives a dramatic, play-by-play account of the Jets' climb to the top:  the uncertain founding of the AFL, Harry Wismer's fiasco with the Titans that ended in bankruptcy, the frantic search for new owners to save the New York franchise and the entire AFL, owner Sonny Werblin's publicity schemes to build the team's attendance, Coach Ewbank's "Five Year Plan," the move from the Polo Grounds to Shea Stadium, the bonus war and the securing of Matt Snell and Joe Namath, the crucial 1966 and '67 seasons when the Jets turned the corner toward the championship, Werblin's forced retirement (with surprising details of front-office politics and its effect on the players), and the full game-by-game story of the 1968 season.

Library of Congress Catalog Card Number:  71-87057