By William J. Ryczek
Earlier than Namath, sooner than the Heidi video game, earlier than the assured tremendous Bowl victory, there have been the Titans. take note the Titans? no longer many an informal soccer fan of this present day may. the hot York Titans performed to meager crowds and mediocre leads to the decrepit Polo Grounds. The association, one of many constitution contributors of the yankee soccer League in 1960, was once in consistent possibility of financial disaster. After suffering for 3 seasons, the Titans could ultimately be assumed by way of the league. New vendors have been came upon, the franchise was once renamed and a brand new stadium may welcome the crew in 1964. The revised version of this award-winning booklet covers the turbulent background and eventual crash touchdown of the workforce that may turn into the recent York Jets. The early days of the upstart AFL also are explored, as are the league's consistent feuds with the Titans' underfunded and overbearing proprietor, Harry Wismer. 4 appendices with workforce effects, rosters and facts are incorporated.
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As a lame duck, he led the Quakers to the Ivy League championship with a 7-1-1 mark, Penn’s best record in 12 years. The team’s excellent performance did nothing, however, to change the decision of the school’s administration. They proceeded with their plan to ﬁre the coach and replaced him with John Steigman, the incumbent at Rutgers. Within a week of losing his job at Penn, Sebo agreed to accept a three-year contract as general manager of the Titans. His announced salary was $25,000, a substantial increase from his coaching income.
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Crash of the Titans: The Early Years of the New York Jets and the AFL by William J. Ryczek