leatherhead era of American football

wjzjd2001

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I read in the story "Show Recent Some Love" in the magazine The New Yorker:

Maltby was famous for his mastery of sports arcana, especially as it pertained to the leatherhead era of American football, as well as for his penchant for striking, counterintuitive analogies. They’d been a big part of his success in advertising. But Isaac wondered if Maltby’s string wasn’t a little played out.


What is "the leatherhead era of American football"?
 
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