City of Champions

An American story of leather helmets, iron wills and the high school kids from Jersey who won it all

A gripping account of the long-forgotten 1939 national high school football championship between Garfield, NJ and Miami--and the stories of the players, families, coaches and cities that figured in this contest.

Hank Gola

Hank Gola has spent over four decades as a journalist, primarily covering professional football and golf for the New York Daily News and New York Post. An award-winning sportswriter, Gola most recently was named the 2018 recipient of the Metropolitan Golf Writers Association’s Lincoln Werden Award for golf journalism. A native of Garfield, New Jersey, he now lives in Parsippany, NJ, with his wife, Lillian. He has two children, Henry and Julianne, and three grandchildren, Rose, Ruby and Elliot and a loyal pug, Freddie.

Marketing & Publicity
  • Author planning book tours in Garfiled and Miami, including bookstore appearances and broadcast media
  • Author has numerous advance praise from known influencers including Jim Nantz and Bill Parcells
  • Author appearing at numerous book signings, includin NEIBA in providence