Monday, October 17, 2011

1966 Birds Eye Ladies' Guide to Football

I recently got this interesting booklet on ebay. It's the 1966 Birds Eye Ladies' Guide to Football. It was written by Pat Kiely and produced by National Football League Properties. The booklet was free with the purchase of any two Birds Eye vegetables.

Pat Kiely was one of the first women to do broadcast television in Pittsburgh. She also wrote "Football - the family affair," which was published by Life Magazine. Kiely knew football well because she was the wife of Ed Kiely, who worked in the Pittsburgh Steelers' public relations department from 1950 to 1989.

To booklet has a 1960's Pop Art, almost School House Rock, look to it.

I really like the NFL uniforms on the following pages.

The important game day recipes

The game day attire has really changed over the years.

It's always interesting to see how certain NFL collectibles were issued back in the day.

Until seeing this logo on the back cover, I never realized the NFL had Selected Official Training Table Vegetables. 

Wonder what ever became of Mike Perkins?

Saturday, October 1, 2011

RIP Peter Gent 1942-2011

Former Dallas Cowboy and author, Peter Gent, passed away Friday.

While Gent enjoys four years with the Dallas Cowboy, he will be remembered most for writing North Dallas Forty. The book which was published in 1973 is regarded as one of the best sports novels ever written. In 1979 the book was turned into a motion picture starring Nick Nolte.

Before joining the Cowboys in 1964, Gent was a standout basketball player at Michigan State University. While there he lead the team in scoring three years in a row. His hoops talent didn't go unnoticed as he was drafted by the Baltimore Bullets in the 14th round of the 1964 NBA draft.

Rather than playing on the hardwood, Gent decided to try out for the Cowboys in '64. He ended up making the team as a receiver and tight end. In his 5 seasons with the Cowboys, Gent appeared in 48 games. He had 68 receptions and 4 touchdowns. In 1969 he was traded to the New York Giants but never played with them.