Ray Didinger has won four Emmy Awards as a writer and producer at NFL Films. Before that, he was a reporter covering the National Football League for The Philadelphia Bulletin, and later The Philadelphia Daily News. In 1995 he was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame as the recipient of the Dick McCann Memorial Award for long and distinguished reporting of pro football. He is the author (with Robert S. Lyons) of The Eagles Encyclopedia, and a weekly commentator and panelist on Comcast SportsNet's Post Game Live show during the football season.
Table of Contents Introduction Part One: The Home Town Teams The Eagles 1. Bednarik's Legend Etched in Concrete 2. Vince Papale Ain't Just Another Bum from the Neighborhood Anymore 3. Wilbert has a Mom that Frets 4. A Real Philadelphia Kind of Win 5.. Introducing Tommy McDonald at the Pro Football Hall of Fame 6. The New Dick Vermeil - Who is He? 7. Reggie White The Phillies 8. Phillies are Rosel-less and Red-Faced 9. Maddox Takes Ride of His Life 10. Walk-ing into the Series Spotlight 11. McGraw's Retirement Tugs at Heartstrings 12. The End is Here 13. Lieberthal Receiving Good Reviews The Flyers 14. For Hard Luck Parent, Another Damaging Blow 15. Stickle: It Could have been Worse 16. In Flin Flon, They Knew He'd be Great 17. Hextall's Goal Always was to be in Goal 18. Flyer's Shining Moment Tarnished Before Game The Sixers 19. Moses Makes His Private Life Most Valuable 20. This One's for You, Jack McMahon 21. Erving Can't Make Sense of It All 22. Barkley Uncomfortable with Life in the Glare of the Spotlight Part Two: American Sports at Home and in the World Football 23. The Black Athlete: Jackie Robinson? He Wasn't the First 24. America's Team: Cowboys Corral a Nation 25. Montana Magic 26. The Shulas Always have Felt at Home Near the Gridiron 27. Elevating Frankford 28. Just a Truck Drivin' Man 29. Passing of the Chief Marks the End of an Era 30. Larry Brown: King of the Hill Baseball 31. Aaron's Numbers Speak for Him 32. Munson: A Man of No Frills 33. The 500 Club 34. Fernando has been Touched by God Olympics 35. Thorpe Nets Golden Debt 36. Decker Runs Armed with a Killer Instinct 37. Huber Junks Diet for Taste of Gold 38. Teti Always Seems to Stand Out on Rowing Team 1980 - The Year That Was 39. A Cure for America's BluesIs Rosie a Real Winner? 40. Flyers Lose to Islanders in the Stanley Cup Finals 41. "The Officials Killed Us," Snider Sizzles 42. Fans Roar Tells Jack He's Back 43. Winning Makes It All Worthwhile 44. Duran Calls It Quits 45. A Real Philadelphia Kind of Win 46. Jim Plunkett's Journey Ends in Triumph Part Three: Facts and Opinion Profiles 47. Alcorn's Battle Over 48. Jim Tyrer Story Ultimate Tragedy 49. Their Hearts Belong to Daddy Mass 50. Hard Man to Please, Tough Man to Beat 51. Sugar Ray Pulls People Together 52. Waterboy Reaches Hall of Fame 53. Best of All Time?: Bird's Genius Puts Him in Rarified Aire 54. Climbing Capitol Hill 55. Abolition of Boxing Wouldn't be Jake 56. I'm not a Whiner Opinion 57. Phillies Left Red-faced and Rose-less 58. NFL Should Sack Tose 59. The Real World of Professional Football 60. Working Up a Strong Hate 61. Woody Hayes Doesn't Merit an Appreciative Audience 62. A Sense of Perspective