The (way) inside story of the Green Bay Packers
Podcast: The (way) inside story of the Green Bay Packers
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The problem with history is that someone needs to take the mantle of leadership to continue to tell the stories.
In Wisconsin, the great sports historians have provided us valuable insights into what got us to the places we are as a sports society.
Former Milwaukee Sentinel Sports Editor Bud Lea has been invaluable in the retelling of the tales of the Green Bay Packers and Milwaukee Braves. Likewise, Bob Buege's tireless contributions to the meticulous chronicles of baseball have ensured that there is a permanent document of what has been so far, Milwaukee's only World Series championship.
But as Bud and Bob's careers enter their respective sunsets, it becomes incumbent upon a new generation of storytellers to dig even deeper in order to further enrich the tales of our glorious sports past.
Enter William Povletich.
Povletich, 40, is based in Southern California, but was born and raised in Mequon. His childhood was spent fascinated with the history of the teams previous generations cheered for.
Povletich's first effort in chronicling Wisconsin sports was the film adaptation of Jerry Polling's book about Henry Aaron's first season of professional baseball in Eau Claire titled, "Henry Aaron's Summer Up North," released in 2005.
Also that year, Povletich penned his first book about Wisconsin football when he wrote "Green Bay Packers: Legends in Green and Gold."
From there, the Emmy-nominated and Peabody Award-winning documentary filmmaker and author wrote "Milwaukee Braves: Heroes and Heartbreak" and produced its accompanying film, "A Braves New World" in conjunction with Milwaukee Public Television.
Now, Povletich is back with another chronicling of the inner workings of the Green Bay Packers in his remarkable "Green Bay Packers: Trials, Triumphs, and Tradition," published by the Wisconsin Historical Society.
"This book focuses on what happens behind the curtain," Povletich says. "It's (about) the men and the community that supported the Packers from their inception."
The book features a foreword by former Packers President and CEO Bob Harlan and includes dozens of rarely seen photographs, something that has become a Hallmark of Povletich's unique and meticulous storytelling.
Who were the "Hungry Five" and why were they critical to the Packers mere survival? Why did the NFL try to move the Packers to the much larger metropolis of Milwaukee in the formative years of the league? How did Vince Lombardi personally insure that no other football team could ever play at County Stadium?
We all know what has happened on the field. What we didn't know until now was how the most unique franchise in major professional sports was even allowed to exist.
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