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Third Down and a War to Go: The All-American 1942 Wisconsin Badgers (Hardback)
  • Third Down and a War to Go: The All-American 1942 Wisconsin Badgers (Hardback)

Third Down and a War to Go: The All-American 1942 Wisconsin Badgers (Hardback)

Hardback 288 Pages / Published: 05/08/2004
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The famous football season of 1942 was a thrilling final fling - the Wisconsin Badgers triumphed on the gridiron, but soon after would be serving their country in Okinawa, at the Battle of the Bulge, in aerial dogfights, and in POW camps. Not all of them came home. Wisconsin had a host of star players, including Pat "Hit 'Em Again" Harder, Elroy "Crazylegs" Hirsch, and two-time All-American Dave Schreiner, and they were coached by Harry Stuhldreher (one of Notre Dame's legendary "Four Horsemen"). They won one version of the national championship, awarded by the Helms Foundation. Through extensive research and interviews, Terry Frei tells the stories of the 1942 Badgers with insight, humor, and respect.

Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
ISBN: 9780870203602
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 640 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 23 mm


"Terry Frei has captured the spirit of a different time in this country, a time of faith in school and in country, a time of intense loyalty to teammate and fellow soldier."Third Down and a War to Go "tells the story of one University of Wisconsin football team during World War II. But to limit the tale to that is like saying "Angela's Ashes "is about Ireland. This book brings to life, in shades of black and blue and blood red, the idea that certain things are worth fighting for." (Rick Morrissey, "Chicago Tribune")

"Many times you hear athletes called heroes, and their deeds and accomplishments on the field or court are characterized as courageous. After reading "Third Down and a War to Go," I am embarrassed to have ever been thought of as brave or courageous. . . . Enjoy this adventure in history, life, and courage and take it from a so-called 'tough guy'" keep the hanky close by." (Dan Fouts, Hall of Fame quarterback and ABC-TV sportscaster)

"A great read!" (UW Badger Coach Barry Alvarez)

"Impressively researched and reported and powerfully written, "Third Down and a War to Go "will put you in the huddle, in the front lines, and in a state of profound gratitude not only to the Badgers and the hundreds of thousands of veterans like them, but to Terry Frei." (Neal Rubin, "The Detroit News")"Terry Frei has done a superb job of researching and writing to bring us the true spirit and similarity of our military services, particularly the U.S. Marines, and college football. He vividly follows the 1942 Wisconsin Badgers, who so soon after their gridiron exploits were the losers of life and limb. Events of over60 years ago seem to have been frozen in time as Frei takes us back to the glory days of so many young Americans." (Robert B. Rennebohm, Wisconsin end (1942, 1946-47), Marine lieutenant (1943-45), andlongtime head of the University of Wisconsin Foundation)

"Tirelessly researched and relentlessly touching. The true allegory of football and war, minus the cliches." (Jay Greenberg, "The New York Post")"

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