The Greatest Story in Sports, the comprehensive four-volume history book detailing the first 100 years of the Packers, will be released in December, and the book is still available for presale exclusively through the Packers Pro Shop online.
The book takes readers on a journey beginning in 1919 with the seemingly unremarkable birth of a team that would become one of the most iconic in all professional sports. Christl’s extensive research and captivating storytelling dispel the myths and share the truth behind the legends that have persisted throughout the team’s history. The story unfolds through all the twists and turns that led to the team’s public ownership and survival in the NFL’s smallest market, despite being perpetually on its deathbed for its first few decades.
From the glory of Vince Lombardi’s championship teams to the frustration and heartbreak of the 1970s and 80s, no stone is left unturned in this definitive history. Readers can relive the joy and pride that flourished in Green Bay in the 1990s and the years of talented teams that have continued to contend for championships over the last three decades. Today, the Packers endure, thriving and competing, against all odds. Full of rare photographs and untold stories, The Greatest Story in Sports lives up to its name and reminds sports fans and history buffs alike why the legacy of the Green Bay Packers endures.
Cliff Christl has spent the bulk of his professional life writing about and researching the Packers. He has served as Packers team historian since 2014, having spent 36 years as a sportswriter covering the team for four different Wisconsin newspapers. A native of Green Bay, he worked for 14 months at the Manitowoc Herald-Times before spending close to 16 years at the Green Bay Press-Gazette and 20 years at The Milwaukee Journal and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Christl served on the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee from 2002 to 2014 and has been a member of the Packers Hall of Fame selection committee since 2007. He has authored or co-authored seven other books, mostly about the Packers and pro football. He also spearheaded the effort to create the Packers Heritage Trail with its 25 historical sites and impressive downtown plaza, which recounts the story of the Packers’ rich history from Lambeau to Lombardi.