On November 30th, 1993, Jacksonville, Florida was awarded the NFL’s 30th franchise. Local reporters still remember it as the most electric night in city history. Fireworks exploded over the St. Johns River, the party at the Jacksonville Landing lasted until daybreak, and future mayor John Delaney ran through his downtown office shouting “Big League City!” Though many in the national media considered Jacksonville’s improbable expansion victory over St. Louis, Oakland, and Baltimore to be one of the greatest upsets in sports history, to locals, it was truly the culmination of their city’s century-long love affair with the sport of football.
Big League City! 100 Years of Football in Jacksonville chronicles Jacksonville’s unmatched gridiron fervor, from Florida’s first college football game held in the wake of the Great Fire of 1901, to the birth of the Florida-Georgia game and the Gator Bowl Classic, to the numerous professional teams from long-forgotten leagues that have called Jacksonville home, through the new era of Jaguars football currently underway.
Join the Jacksonville Historical Society and author Ken Bowen on March 14, 2016 at Old St. Andrew’s for a book signing and reception at 6:30pm followed by a 7pm program. Click here to reserve your seat! Reservations are free for members. A suggested donation of $5 is requested at the door.
Years in the making with research drawn from thousands of sources and featuring an exclusive foreword written by Jaguars owner Shad Khan, Big League City! is the definitive book on Jacksonville’s football history.
About the author
Ken Bowen is the author of Big League City! 100 Years of Football in Jacksonville. Mr. Bowen has a degree in Economics and works as a Data Scientist at MECLABS Institute where he spends his days exploring large data sets, extracting actionable business signals from the sea of white noise, and testing these hypotheses for statistical significance. Prior to joining MECLABS, Ken worked in civil engineering, interfacing with clients such as NASA, the Florida Department of Transportation, the Jacksonville Transportation Authority and UF Shands Medical Center.
In his spare time, Ken enjoys spending time with is family and friends, watching Cubs baseball, arguing pop-culture, and following the ongoing revitalization or our city’s historic urban core.