The first comprehensive history of the Philadelphia Eagles
The Eagles Encyclopedia
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Ray Didinger and Robert S. Lyons
Interview with Ray Didinger from Main Line Times, 7 December 2005
In the City of Brotherly Love, no team tugs at the hearts and weighs on the minds of fans more than the Philadelphia Eagles. But, much more than a local obsession, the Eagles are also one of football's most storied franchises.
Amply illustrated with 200 photos of the players, coaches, fans, and the stadiums in which the team has played, The Eagles Encyclopedia recounts the greatest moments in the team's history, and brings to life the men who helped create modern football.
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Written by Pro Football Hall of Fame writer Ray Didinger and local sports historian Robert S. Lyons, The Eagles Encyclopedia is the first comprehensive chronicle of the team's history and an indispensable guide for every Eagles fan.
This book is not sanctioned by the NFL or its teams.
"A must-read for Eagles fans."
"...no true Eagles fan should be without it."
"Packed with stats, anecdotes and photographs as well as deep tables noting every draft pick and individual profiles of more than 100 Eagles players, The Eagles Encyclopedia is quite complete."
"Ray Didinger knows more about Eagles football than every barstool quarterback in town... He's smart and classy, a thinking person's football analyst. That's why this plug for his new treatise: The Eagles Encyclopedia."
"Positive reviews of sports books generally include lines like 'This book is not really about sports' or 'This book is about so much more than a game.' Phooey to that. The Eagles Encyclopedia is terrific precisely because it couldn't be any more about sports or football. Written by two of the biggest Eagles experts around, EE is loaded with stats, team history, informative profiles, and plenty of trivia (including the fact that the 1980 Birds were the first team in NFL history to receive a papal blessing). If you don't care about the Eagles, stay awayyou'll find no lessons about the human condition here. But if the Birds make your life worth living, this is a great way to fill those stretches between football Sundays."
"It's everything the title says it isand more. From the very beginning when the first football game in Pennsylvania was played in Latrobe, Pa., up through last year's painful end, The Eagles Encyclopedia is packed with the kind of arcane statistics that your friends will launch at each other during games for years to come. Of course, this could be aiding and abetting a Birds addiction, but The
Eagles Encyclopedia is sure to shine under any E-A-G-L-E-S Christmas tree."
"If you haven't seen it yet, the 324-page Eagles Encyclopedia, by Ray Didinger and Bob Lyons, is a must for holiday sports fans. The 'Sidelines' chapter is a classic, with fun shorts and 'Best and Worst' lists."
"An Eagles town deserves as Eagles book... and thus was born the Eagles Encyclopedia. The book comes complete with a detailed history of the origins of the franchise, a comprehensive listing of the team's head coaches, stadiums and more, as well as a treasure trove of stories through player profiles and top moments."
"Whether it's the birth of the Eagles, the profiles of the players, or the history of the stadiums, it's all a joy to read and full of anything you ever wanted to know about the Eaglesand then some."
"You don't have to be an Eagles fan to love this book. It's actually a slice of Philadelphia history. A great one. Written with love."
"The Eagles Encyclopedia is exactly what the title suggests and more. Ray, a long-time friend of most sports people in the Philadelphia area, is one of the most-respected reporters and authors on football in all of America.... Since he was old enough to walk and talk, his life and Eagles football have been one and the same. The son of a saloon owner in southwest Philadelphia, Ray quickly became the bar "tout" for the local gamblers filling out their football pools. The book is no gamble."
"If Eagles fans want to forget about this season, get this history book by Ray Didinger and Robert Lyons. There is nothing about the 2005 season, which is a good thing.... [I]t's a must for real Eagles fans."
"...a wildly impressive encyclopedia.... I recommend this book highly."
"The book is packed with detailed accounts of the greatest moments in the franchise's history..."
"You can have fun cracking [The Eagles Encyclopedia] open anywhere. The quality of writing and critical perspective is the same in profiles of current star players or faceless general managers from the '50s. In the words of Fred McGriff, 'I'm so impressed, I've given it my full endorsement.'"
"[A] 324-page masterwork... vastly entertaining...the most readable history of the team ever done."