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“That was the way they played. If one of us collegians threw a pass, someone would surely yell, ‘Cut out that basketball.’”

Which seems as good a place to end as any. This was the Coal League: If I can kill him, I will kill him.

Excerpted by permission from The National Forgotten League: Entertaining Stories and Observations from Pro Football’s First Fifty Years by Dan Daly. Copyright (c) 2012 by Dan Daly. Published by University of Nebraska Press. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher. Available wherever books are sold or via University of Nebraska Press (1-800-848-6224). Follow Dan on Twitter @dandalyonsports.