Throwback Thursday

Throwback Thursday: Getting ready for the big game

Raisa Masood  //  Jan 30, 2020

Throwback Thursday: Getting ready for the big game

Are you ready for the game on Sunday?

We’re talking about football in this week’s Throwback Thursday! Since lots of us will be tuning into the the big game this weekend, I took a trip to the Scholastic Archive to brush up on the competition and learn more about games that made headlines back in the day.

Below, you’ll find some of our titles and Scholastic Classroom Magazines articles discussing all things football. The books were released by our Four Winds Press imprint in the 1960s, giving us a look at how the sport was written about sixty years ago. Meanwhile, the magazine articles feature popular figures in modern football, like San Francisco 49ers head Coach Bill Walsh and quarterback Joe Montana. (Did you know? Over the course of his 16 season career, Joe Montana played for the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs… aka: the two teams that will face off in this weekend’s championship!)

How to Star in Football by Herman L. Masin, 1966

This basic and most usable “how-to” book covers all the elements of good play, from offense to defense.

Championship: The Complete NFL Title Story by Jerry Izenberg, 1966

It all began on a cold day in mid-December, 1933. Wrigley Field was the stage, and the Chicago Bears and New York Giants were in the spotlight.

“Emmitt Smith: America’s Back,” Science World, September 3, 1993

Dallas running back Emmitt Smith has taken America by the storm.

“…and So It Came to Pass,” by Timothy Nolan, Coach and Athletic Director, January 1997

The Professor (Bill Walsh) tells us how the West Coast Offense got started, how he motivated his players to play better than they ever thought they could, and issues a warning for the future.

“Move that Mass!” by Chana Steifel, Science World, January 12, 1998

In the upcoming big game, football linemen may be mean and massive. They’re also experts in physics!



Special thanks to Gina Asprocolas and the Scholastic librarians for their help with this series!

Raisa Masood