"America's Cradle of Quarterbacks" Released in Time for Christmas
"America's Cradle of Quarterbacks" explores the reasons underlying the success of athletes hailing from Western Pennsylvania excelling in sports. Wayne Stewart's 30th book considers the reasons why six of the 23 all-time great NFL quarterbacks come from a small area centered around Pittsburgh.
America’s Cradle of Quarterbacks: Western Pennsylvania’s Football Factory from Johnny Unitas to Joe Montana chronicles the lives of Johnny Unitas, George Blanda, Joe Namath, Jim Kelly, and Joe Montana and touches on some other stars, such as Johnny Lujack, who, despite coming from extremely modest backgrounds in steel mill country, rose to the highest levels of their profession.
Since the earliest days of professional football, decades before the NFL was founded, Sundays in Western Pennsylvania featured independent and semi-pro football played largely by working men who earned their living in the factories, mills, and railroad yards. Saturdays belonged to the sons of the elite at colleges and universities. Eventually, professional football became a viable business at which a man could earn his living. The grandsons and great grandsons of the men who toiled in heat and danger during the week now rule the gridiron. This book features six of the best of all time.
This is Wayne Stewart’s 30th book. Stewart was born in Pittsburgh and grew up within the boundaries of the cradle of quarterbacks—in the same town, Donora, Pennsylvania, that produced Stan Musial. Stewart played on the same high school baseball team as Ken Griffey, Sr. Stewart now resides in Amherst, Ohio.
America’s Cradle of Quarterbacks: Western Pennsylvania’s Football Factory from Johnny Unitas to Joe Montana is available from Tuxedo Press, Ingram, bookstores and on-line booksellers.
ISBN 978-1-936161-46-1 softcover
Illustrations: 35 photos and football cards
Also available in ebook format