The Biggest Collection of Cowboys Books
I started to become slightly impressed with my collection of 36 (and growing) books about the Dallas Cowboys, but then I came across a recent post on the forums of Cowboy Cards that stopped me from being so impressed. A Cowboys historian named Fred Goodwin, who has posted several comments on this blog recently, has a list of more than 200 titles about the Cowboys, including more than 170 that he owns personally. So if you want a checklist of Dallas Cowboys books that you can use in building your own collection, this would be the place to get it.
You will need to register for the forums. Once you do, here are the links to the specific post pages:
Mr. Goodwin is also one of the Dallas Cowboys experts on AllExperts.
Here is a list of the books that I own personally, stressing (probably only to myself!) that I have a long way to go.
Tom Landry Era
1. 1981 Whittingham, Richard. The Dallas Cowboys: An Illustrated History. NY: Harper & Row. 1st “coffee-table” sized hardback. Reviews each year from ’60-’80, including ’52 Dallas Texans (later Balt. Colts) (L)(OP).
2. 1984 Stowers, Carlton. Dallas Cowboys: The First Twenty-Five Years. Dallas: Taylor Publishing. 25th anniversary album; also looks at team organization and management; has a trivia section; and covers fans, Cheerleaders, and media (L)(OP).
3. 2005. Golenbock, Peter. Landry’s Boys: An Oral History Of A Team And An Era. Triumph Books. Compilation of player interviews spanning from 1958 to 1989.
4. 1969 Perkins, Steve. Next Year’s Champions: The Story of the Dallas Cowboys. NY: World Publishing. 1st published account of the Cowboys; covers 1968 season (OP).
5. 1972 Perkins, Steve. Winning the Big One. NY: Grosset & Dunlap. Followup to “Next Year’s Champions”; reviews 1971 season and Super Bowl VI victory (OP).
6. 1997 Gruver, Ed. The Ice Bowl: The Cold Truth about Football’s Most Unforgettable Game. Ithaca, NY: McBooks Press. Much better than the Shropshire book, the author is a member of the Pro Football Researchers Association (PFRA).
7. 1986 Perkins, Steve. The Official 1986 Dallas Cowboys Bluebook, Vol. VII. Dallas: Taylor Publishing (L)(OP).
8. 1972 Rentzel, Lance. When All the Laughter Died in Sorrow. NY: Saturday Review Press. Poignant auto-bio of former wide receiver; 1st (non-juvenile) player bio (OP).
9. 1974 Staubach, Roger, Sam Blair & Bob St. John. Staubach: First Down, Lifetime To Go. Waco, TX: Word Books. 1st of two non-juvenile bios; not his favorite (OP).
10. 1975 Toomay, Pat. The Crunch. NY: W. W. Norton. By a former defensive lineman, covers his 5-year career with Dallas (OP).
11. 1982 Stowers, Carlton. Journey to Triumph: 110 Dallas Cowboys Tell Their Stories. Dallas: Taylor Publishing. Series of player vignettes (OP).
12. 1985 Pearson, Preston. Hearing the Noise: My Life in the NFL. NY: William Morrow. Pearson is a former Cowboys running back and 3rd-down specialist; also played for Baltimore (led NFL in KO returns ’69) and Pittsburgh; played in 5 SBs (3, 9, 10, 12 and 13)(OP).
13. 1988 Garrison, Walt & John Tullus. Once a Cowboy. NY: Random House. Walt is a former Cowboys fullback, and a cowboy in real-life (OP).
14. 1990 Klein, Dave. Tom and the ‘Boys. NY: Kensington Publishing. Opinions of players (Lilly, Staubach, Dorsett, et al.) about Landry and his firing, as well as local reporters Blackie Sherrod and Frank Luksa.
15. 1988 St. John, Bob. Tex! The Man Who Built the Dallas Cowboys. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall. Only bio of former GM Tex Schramm.
16. 1990 Bayless, Skip. God’s Coach: The Hymns, Hype, and Hypocrisy of Tom Landry’s Cowboys. NY: Simon & Schuster. An irreverent view of the “man in the funny hat”.
17. 1990 Landry, Tom & Gregg Lewis. Tom Landry: An Autobiography. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing. 4th bio overall; 3rd “post-JJ”
18. 1986 Stratton, Gary & Robert Krug. Dallas Cowboys Trivia Challenge. Dallas: Taylor Publishing. Prize was $10,000! Krug wrote a column on Cowboy collectibles for the Dallas Cowboys Weekly team newspaper (OP)(P).
19. 1973 Gent, Peter. North Dallas Forty. NY: William Morrow. Best known fictional work loosely based on the Cowboys; Gent is an ex-Cowboys receiver (OP).
20. 2003. Harris, Cliff and Charlie Waters. Tales from the Dallas Cowboys. Sports Publishing. The former Dallas stars offer up a hilarious collection of stories and memories spanning nearly two decades of Cowboys history, from the “Dirty Dozen” to the “Doomsday Defense.”
21. 2002. Towle, Mike. Roger Staubach Captain America: Captain America Personal Memories and Anecdotes About the Super Bowl-Winning Quarterback of America’s Team, the Dallas Cowboys. Cumberland House Publishing
22. 2003. Sham, Brad. Stadium Stories: Dallas Cowboys: Colorful Tales of America’s Team. Globe Pequot. Description: “For forty years, the Dallas Cowboys have been one of the most glamorous and fascinating teams in the NFL and all of American sport. In this book, author Brad Sham, the Voice of the Cowboys and a member of the team’s radio broadcasts for 25 years, shares behind-the-scenes insights from his unique bird’s eye view.”
23. 2006. Burton, Alan. Dallas Cowboys: Quips & Quotes. State House Press. A compilation of quotes from coaches and players.
24. 2006. Buchanan, Buck. Glory Days: Life with the Dallas Cowboys, 1972-1998. Taylor Trade Publishing. Buck Buchanan was the beloved equipment manager for the Dallas Cowboys for 25 years, during which time the Cowboys won four Super Bowls. Written with the consent and support of the Dallas Cowboys organization, Buchanan provides a unique behind-the-scenes look–from the logistics of moving equipment for away games, to the proclivities and needs of individual players. On the sidelines for every Cowboys game, he also describes how the coaches and players interacted during some of the team’s most legendary moments.
25. 2000. Kasai, Jennifer B. The Book of Landry. “Book is rich with inspirational Landry quotes, stories and testimonials from former assistant coaches and players such as Dan Reeves, Roger Staubach, Bob Lilly, and Drew Pearson.”
Jerry Jones Era
26. 1996 Guinn, Jeff. Dallas Cowboys — Our Story: The Authorized Pictorial History. Arlington, TX: Summit Publishing. Coffee-table sized and massively illustrated; only the second official history of the Cowboys. (Note: appendix lists ’62 roster of the Dallas TEXANS, not the Cowboys!) (L)
27. 1993 Fisher, Mike. Stars and Strife: Inside the Dallas Cowboys Reemergence as America’s Team. Ft. Worth, TX: Summit Group. Review of ’92 season by a reporter for the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram.
28. 1998 Aikman, Troy. Aikman: Mind, Body and Soul. Hollywood, FL: EGI Productions. Coffee-table sized pictorial (L).
29. 1993 Johnson, Jimmy & Ed Hinton. Turning the Thing Around: Pulling America’s Team Out of the Dumps – And Myself Out of the Doghouse. NY: Hyperion. Traces his career from Port Arthur, to Arkansas, to Miami and to Dallas; probably not the last we’ll hear from Johnson.
30. 1994 Novacek, Yvette, ed. The Dallas Cowboys Wives’ Family Cookbook and Photo Album: Southwestern Cuisine Edition. Ft. Worth, TX: Branch-Smith (P).
31. 1996 Donovan, Jim, Ken Sins & Frank Coffey. The Dallas Cowboys Encyclopedia: The Ultimate Guide to America’s Team. Seacaucus, NJ: Citadel Press. From A-to-Z, covers most players and answers almost every question about the Cowboys (P).
32. 1996 Stratton, Gary. Dallas Cowboys Facts & Trivia. South Bend, IN: E.B. Houchin Co. This book is littered with mistakes and typos. Beware (P).
33. 2007. Hitzges, Norm and Ron St. Angelo. Greatest Team Ever: The Dallas Cowboys Dynasty of the 1990s. Thomas Nelson. An illustrated book that chronicles the 1990s Cowboys, arguing that the Dallas dynasty was the greatest ever.
34. 2006. Taylor, Jean-Jacques. Game of My Life: Dallas Cowboys. Sports Publishing. Written by a Dallas Morning News beat writer, this title follows some of the more famous stories in team history.
35. 1995 Aikman, Troy with Greg Brown. Things Change. Dallas: Taylor Publishing.
36. 1971 Lipman, David & Ed Wilks. The Speed King: Bob Hayes of the Dallas Cowboys. Putnam (OP).