Book Review: Stars of an Earlier Autumn
Posted by Andrew McKillop on November 1, 2011
I don’t buy a lot of hard copy sports reference books anymore. With websites like Sports-Reference.com, College Football Data Warehouse, and ShrpSports there isn’t much incentive in dropping a lot of money down on a bulky reference books. But a few weeks ago, I broke down and bought my first sports reference book in years. Noted college football historian and researcher Tex Noel released a new version of Stars of an Earlier Autumn: An Unofficial College Football Record Book.
Stars covers college football history from it’s inception in 1869 to the start of the modern poll era in 1936. There are facts and stats in Stars that you won’t be able to find anywhere else. We have all heard about the legends; Jim Thorpe, Red Grange, the Four Horseman, etc. Stars sheds a new light on the legends of the Leatherhead era, by providing hard to find statistics on these players. I always figured in-depth statistics on these legends had been lost forever.
Don’t let the title fool you. Stars just doesn’t cover star players of the era. Stars has over 500 pages, and it never gets old or repetitive. Each page brings to life a mostly forgotten era of college football. Tex Noel has published hundreds of compilations on early national champions, early era polls, rule changes, rivalries, coaches, unusual games, unusual plays, etc.
Around sports research circles Tex Noel is known as the college football stat guy. His work is unprecedented, and Noel brought his best work forward for Stars. Noel is also easily accessible; he’s willing to share his interest in college football history to anybody, whether there in the media, or just an average fan. His passion for the game supersedes ego; a rarity in the field of sports research and writing.
For $9.99 you can buy an e-version of Stars that comes in .pdf format, or for $42 you can buy a hard copy. It all depends on your preference. I liked the e-version because it was easily searchable, and you can’t beat the price.
Stars is simply a one of a kind resource.
Note: I don’t make any commissions off of sales generated from this review. Stars is simply a great reference book that I wanted to share with my audience.