Football in Baltimore


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Football in Baltimore

, 336 pages

60 color illus., 214 b&w photos

September 2013


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Football in Baltimore

History and Memorabilia from Colts to Ravens

second edition

The second edition of Ted Patterson’s illustrated history of football in Baltimore continues the story of the Ravens' success—from their first Super Bowl victory in 2001 to the emotional parade through downtown Baltimore after winning Super Bowl XLVII. Patterson is joined by Baltimore poet and sports aficionado Dean Smith, whose new chapters capture the energy of Purple Fridays, the larger-than-life personalities of Ray Lewis, Hall of Famer Jonathan Ogden, Jamal Lewis, Matt Stover, Ed Reed, and Joe Flacco, and the city's embrace of the Ravens as a reflection of Baltimore itself. Football in Baltimore is a tour of one of the world's premier collections of Baltimore sports memorabilia—highlighting memorable games and players and exploring a pop culture that surrounded and has survived them. Patterson moved to Baltimore in what turned out to be the final decade of the Baltimore Colts and has amassed a remarkable collection of items that both collectors and sports fans will enjoy.

Patterson introduces us to the teams and early stars of Johns Hopkins and Morgan State; Army-Navy games in old Municipal Stadium; high-school rivalries like City-Poly, Loyola–Calvert Hall, Gilman-McDonogh, and the great years of Patterson High; the original Colts (colors silver and green); and, at considerable length, the legendary Baltimore Colts of Johnny Unitas, Lenny Moore, Raymond Berry, Alan "the Horse" Ameche, Artie Donovan, Bert Jones, and Lydell Mitchell. He includes the next chapters in this eventful story: the fight to bring pro football back to the city, the dawn of the Ravens era, and the building of a new football stadium in downtown Baltimore.

Ted Patterson, a broadcast journalist and three-time winner of the Maryland Sportscaster of the Year Award, has covered the Baltimore sports scene since 1973. Through the years, Patterson has been behind the microphone for the Baltimore Orioles, the Baltimore Blast and Spirit, the Cleveland Cavaliers and Crusaders, Navy football and basketball, and a variety of other teams. He is author of several books, including the Golden Voices tributes to legendary baseball and football announcers. Dean Smith covers the Baltimore Ravens and the Orioles for the Baltimore Brew. His sportswriting has appeared in Press Box, Fan Magazine, Baltimore City Paper, and on the websites and the Midnight Mind Review. He is the author of Never Easy, Never Pretty: A Fan, A City, A Championship Season, an engaging account of the Ravens' march to Superbowl XLVII.

"The text of Football in Baltimore is lively, sportswriter recall plus interviews; strong on names and scores."

"Ted Patterson’s meticulously researched Football in Baltimore, now featuring Dean Smith’s championship update, perfectly captures the magical tour-de-force of Baltimore football, as played and celebrated along the shores of Chesapeake."

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