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By: admin | 150 Best Minnesota Books | September 9, 2008


If politics is not your favorite spectator sport, Minnesota history has a lot more to offer. Chief among these offerings is the golden era of the Golden Gophers football team. For 16 seasons Coach Bierman turned out winning team after winning team. Five National Championships! His record was 93 wins, 35 losses, and 6 ties, or a .727 percentage. Compare that to Jim Waker's .291. Was that unfair? Sorry. I'll stop talking sports and get back to something I know, books. Another one of Minnesota's 150 best books is:

B. W. "Bernie" Bierman Winning Football: Strategy, Psychology and Technique. New York: Whittlesey House, 1937.

If you can find it, another fun book [what is called a little big book] to add to your collection is Coach Bernie Bierman's Brick Barton and the Winning Eleven illustrated by R. M. Williamson.

As the season begins (the Gophers won their first game with 22 seconds left to play) let's hopelessly pray that we will see the likes of those mid-century elevens again sometime before we die.