Packer Bookshelf: Five Odd Titles of Interest (and two others)

  1. The Green Bay Packers: A Pictorial Drama. By Richard Rainbolt, Nodin Press, 1975. Rainbolt dramatized the history of the team through the 1974 season, mixing narrative and very corny and quirky dialogue. He wrote a similar book about the Vikings and several juvenile sports titles in the 1970s. Great photos, though.
  2. The Purple Lawman: From Horned Frog to High Sheriff. By Lon Evans, The Summit Group, 1990. 1930s Packer guard Lon Evans traces his past through his recollections and the scrapbook writings of others. The Packer years are somewhat interesting, and Evans also worked as a referee and served as the Sheriff of Tarrant County Texas (Fort Worth) from 1960-84
  3. Strike Three! And You’re Out: The Cal Hubbard Story. By Mary Hubbard, Walsworth, 1986. A hagiographic telling of Cal Hubbard’s life by his sister. Not much Packer info here.
  4. The 41st Packer: A Rookie’s Diary. By Dan Eckstein, Jacobs Press, 1970. 15th round pick Eckstein was cut from the Packers the week before the start of the 1969 season, hence the title. This is his diary of training camp and a subsequent brief experience in the CFL. It’s worth reading. Eckstein later got his PhD in psychology and wrote other books in his chosen discipline.
  5. Young Sports Photographer with the Green Bay Packers. By John Biever with George Vecsey, Norton, 1969. The one title in this list that was published by a major publisher and with a coauthor from the New York Times, no less, this is the story of team photographer Vern Biever’s son who later went to work for Sports Illustrated and is one of a small handful of men to photograph each of the first 50 Super Bowls.

Two other odd titles that I have not read and don’t plan on doing so are Green Bay Love Stories and Other Affairs by Sandy Sullivan (a Packer groupie recounting her brushes with fame in the 1960s) and Leap of Faith: God Must Be a Packer Fan and its two sequels by Steve Rose.

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