This 49ers history project complements another project I did that involved making a few e-books on Bill Walsh’s 10 years coaching the 49ers by gathering complete game box scores for all 19 games in the Super Bowl seasons of 1981, 1984, and 1988, and writing summaries of those 19 games. For the individual ’81, ’84, and ’88 season, I’ve put together three e-books that feature statistics and game summaries for the entire season, game by game. For each game, there’s a summary of typically about 300 words, some quotes from players and coaches about the game, and a full box score covering team and individual statistics. The Super Bowls get covered in play-by-play detail, and I’ve managed to work up a play-by-play for most of the 1982 NFC title game vs. the Cowboys as well. I’ve also written a few short chapters on topics like the early careers of Joe Montana and Jerry Rice, the Montana-Young quarterback controversy in 1988, and whether the 1984 49ers are the best NFL team ever. All three of these e-books are available for purchase: each one is about 90 pages long and costs $4.
I’ve also produced a single e-book that covers all 10 Walsh seasons, 1979 through 1988, with summaries of each season, box scores and game summaries for playoff games in the four years the Niners made the playoffs and didn’t win the Super Bowl, a chapter on the development of Jerry Rice from college through 1987, and box scores and game summaries for the 1980 comeback at home against the Saints and the 1987 “Hail Jerry” last-second victory in Cincinnati just before the strike started. This e-book is quite extensive, at about 350 pages, and as far as I can tell, it’s the most comprehensive statistical resource available on Walsh’s 49er teams. It’s just under $10.
You can head on over to Lulu and buy one or more of the e-books there. This button will take you to the 1988 e-book:
Or, you can buy an e-book directly from me by clicking on the Donate button below. Just enter an amount and specify which e-book(s) you want when you make the donation, and I’ll send that e-book over to you via e-mail.
Meanwhile, for other historical 49ers multimedia, there’s a set of seven audio clips from or about Joe Montana that I’ve recorded from a 1993 video about him sponsored by Hanes. You can find the clips here. Four of them are about Montana’s Pennsylvania childhood, two are from Bill Walsh, and one is Rice and Taylor talking about The Drive vs. the Bengals in Super Bowl 23. I’ve put together 10 other clips, from the official video of the 1988 49ers, and it’s available here. The clips are a mix of a few play-by-plays covering things like Young’s run to win the Vikings game and Rice’s touchdown in the Meadowlands in game 2, interviews from off the field, and a couple clips from the locker room. And, listen to some audio of old 49ers games, including Lon Simmons calling Jim Marshall’s wrong-way fumble return for a safety in 1964 and Don Klein and Wayne Walker calling the 1982 NFC title game.
The 49ers are maybe in the midst of at least a few more glory years: 2011 had a lot of echoes of 1981. Even if they win more Super Bowls, this blog will still be mostly about the Walsh years and teams, with a bit about the Seifert teams too: it won’t change to cover the new set of excellent teams.