Charging Through the AFL: Los Angeles and San Diego Chargers' Football in the 1960s
A look at the formative days of the San Diego Chargers football team, Charging Through the AFL takes us from the team's inception and first year in Los Angeles, through the move to San Diego, and ultimately into the NFL. The Chargers were the flagship team in the American Football League. They brought a wide-open style of play to professional football, and changed the game forever with a passing attack that is the basis of the modern-day West Coast Offense. Many never before published photos, game summaries and interviews with former Charger players and coaches give us a look at the world of professional football in the 1960s, before the merger of the American and National Football Leagues. Todd Tobias brings us the Chargers as they have never been seen before, as Sid Gillman, John Hadl, Ron Mix, Earl Faison, Ernie Ladd and many more tell of football and life during the most important decade in pro football history. Forward by Pro Football Hall of Famer Lance Alworth.
A Definitive History of the AFL Chargers and a fun read!!
By M "meruchan77" - November 27, 2004
I want to encourage every Charger & AFL fan who has even a slim interest in the history of the Bolts and their legendary AFL players to pick up this intelligently-written and arranged book. It would also make a great holiday gift for that Bolt fan you know. If you have seen or heard any of the recent San Diego media coverage on this book and heard the story behind its making, you can understand why I'm so jazzed about it.
The author, who was being treated for advanced Hodgkins lymphoma at the time, spent 4 years delving in the Chargers archives and interviewing players for this definitive work. The book is filled with never-before-published photos (330 in all) and stories not only of well-known AFL Charger players and coaches, but also lesser-known and obscure players who spent time in the Bolts Powder Blues during the 1960s. In many cases, the author says these were some of the most interesting stories to share. Even former Charger players from that era have expressed... read more
A book for fans of Charger history
By Steve Ryser - July 24, 2005
Until this book came out, I hadn't had any luck finding a quality book on the history of the San Diego Chargers. This book covers the first ten seasons of the San Diego Chargers- the American Football League years.
With its glossy pages and dimensions of just over 12 inches tall and over 9 inches wide, the book is well-suited for presenting photographs. Just about every page has at least one picture.
The book consists of four main sections:
The first is a 15-page chronological narrative history (with photographs).
The second section consists of 16 pages of nothing but photographs. Eight of those pages have at least one color photograph. The only color photographs in the book are in this section. By far most of the book's pictures are in black and white.
The third section is 76 pages and is where the bulk of the reading is for this book. This has the author's interviews of 59 people connected with the Chargers- players,... read more
By Alex Edelman "ALEX" - October 15, 2004
A great book. a fun read. by a great author, filled with interviws and awesome pictures galore...
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