Team Packers historian Cliff Christl receives Wisconsin Historical Society Board of Curators Merit Book Award


Team Packers historian Cliff Christl received the Wisconsin Historical Society Board of Curators Book of Merit Award in honor of his recent book, The greatest history of sport.

Christl will receive the award Thursday at 9:30 a.m. at Lambeau Field, with remarks from Packers President and CEO Mark Murphy and Christian Overland, Director and CEO of Ruth and Hartley Barker for the Wisconsin Historical Society .

Note to media: The awards show is open to members of the media and the public at 9:30 a.m. Christl, Murphy and Overland will be available for interviews after the presentation, which will take place in the Lambeau Field Atrium adjacent to the Packers Hall of Fame.

The annual Book of Merit Award is given to the author of a book on Wisconsin history who, in the opinion of the judges, has made the most valuable contribution to public understanding of Wisconsin’s past during the previous calendar year.

A panel of judges evaluates the merits of each book based on factual accuracy, documentation, quality of writing, research methodology, design, impact on the reading public, and the overall contribution to the printed record of Wisconsin history.

The greatest history of sport, takes readers on a journey beginning in 1919 with the seemingly mundane birth of a team that would become one of the most iconic in all of professional sports. Christl’s extensive research and engaging storytelling dispel myths and share the truth behind 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 early decades. Filled with rare photographs and untold stories, The greatest history of sport lives up to its name and reminds sports fans and history buffs why the legacy of the Green Bay Packers lives on.

Christl has spent most of her professional life writing and researching the Packers. He has been a Packers team historian since 2014, having spent 36 years as a sportswriter covering the team for four different Wisconsin newspapers. Originally from Green Bay, he worked for 14 months at the Manitowoc Herald-Times before spending nearly 16 years at the Green Bay Press-Gazette and 20 years at the Milwaukee Journal and the 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 the professional soccer. He also spearheaded the effort to create the Packers Heritage Trail with its 25 historic sites and impressive downtown plaza, which tells the story of the Packers’ rich history from Lambeau to Lombardi.

The book is available at the Packers Pro Shop, in-store and online by visiting


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