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"HISTORY OF FOOTBALL IN LOS ANGELES" BY BRUCE MCINTOSH, RICK OBRAND AND BILL PECK
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It is 46 pages long and threatens neither Hemingway, Shakespeare nor Hunter S. Thompson, but for hardcore L.A. sports fans with local pride, this document is beautiful literature! It is published by the Amateur Athletic Foundation of Los Angeles, and covers prep sports through the 1989 season (hey guys, time for an up-date). Obrand and Peck were instrumental in helping this writer compile research for StreetZebra's So Cal All-Century feature. The publication is financed by a distinguished Board of Directors that included Peter O'Malley, Lew Wasserman, Rafer Johnson, David Wolper and the late Tom Bradley.

Basically, this compendium gives a brief review of the history and formation of the L.A. high school sports system.

Part I contains all the City championship teams, their records, and coaches, from 1896 (when Los Angeles High somehow was named "consensus" champs on the strength of their 0-1-0 record?), to 1989, the year Franklin (led by coach Armando Gonzales) defeated Garfield, 24-6, to capture the 3-A division, and Dorsey knocked off Carson for the 4-A title.

Part II takes us on a trip down Memory Lane with All-City selections beginning in 1915. Part III is about "Notable Alumni", listing great City players who went on to major college and pro careers. It is an awesome compilation, and proof positive that Los Angeles is far and away the producer of the greatest football players in the world! This thing only includes City Section players, so imagine the Southern Section and the rest of the state and you have an idea of what a treasure of sports heroes we are blessed to have around us.

 

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