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Electric football game

This nostalgic toy will bring back many memories for those who were young in the 1960s.

"As any sports-loving male over 40 can attest, electric football may be the worst board game ever invented. Imagine the real 49ers playing the real Raiders after each side got off the Tilt-A-Whirl."—Joel Davis, Sacramento Business Journal, October 25, 2004

Electric football games were popular toys for boys in the 1950s and 1960s. The players could set up the linebackers, make the quarterback pass the football, and watch as the green metal field vibrated and caused the plastic athletes to move around. Unfortunately, much of the time the players moved in the wrong direction!

Electric Football GamePhillip Smart received this game as a Christmas present in the mid-1960s. He was about 8 or 9 at the time and enjoyed playing it with his brother. The two boys would often get the game out on Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. Apparently electric football had appeal for adults as well as children. The boys would play until their father and uncle pushed them aside for a turn.

Electric football games were readily available in the 1960s. The 1965 Sears catalog offered five different versions. This particular game was manufactured by the Tudor Metal Products Corporation of Brooklyn, New York, and probably dates from 1965 or 1966.

Box lid, electric football gameIt is in the collections of the Kansas Museum of History.

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Entry: Cool Things - Electric Football Game

Author: Kansas Historical Society

Author information: The Kansas Historical Society is a state agency charged with actively safeguarding and sharing the state's history.

Date Created: April 2006

Date Modified: December 2014

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