Hadacol Days

Hadacol Days

by Clyde Bolton
     
 

The title of Clyde Bolton s warm memoir of the formative years of his youth is taken from a high school cheer: Statham Wildcats on the Ball, They ve Been Drinking Hadacol. If you know what Hadacol is, Bolton cheerfully admits, that dates both you and him; if you don t, ask your parents or grandparents. The Statham in the cheer refers to Statham High School,

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The title of Clyde Bolton s warm memoir of the formative years of his youth is taken from a high school cheer: Statham Wildcats on the Ball, They ve Been Drinking Hadacol. If you know what Hadacol is, Bolton cheerfully admits, that dates both you and him; if you don t, ask your parents or grandparents. The Statham in the cheer refers to Statham High School, now as long gone as Hadacol, but equally effervescent in the author s nostalgic but clearheaded look back at what life was like in small Southern towns of the 1940s and 1950s. In a lesser writer s hands, this raw material might not amount to more than sentiment. But Bolton isn t just any writer. He is the dean of Southern sports columnists and the author of six novels and a dozen nonfiction books about football, auto racing, and other subjects. Over a journalism career spanning five decades, he became one of the most widely read and respected writers in the region. Thus, when he writes about driving with his parents into Atlanta to see the fabled minor league Crackers play baseball, you get a tale that recreates the sights, sounds, and smells of the stadium, but then you also get a history of the Crackers and baseball. Such storytelling reveals how Bolton, a schoolboy athlete, became a successful sportswriter, but in Hadacol Days his attention to detail is equally focused on the simple activities and pleasures of childhood and adolescence in Statham and other small towns of that time and place representative of the experiences of a generation of Southern young people in the middle of the twentieth century.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781588382009
Publisher:
NewSouth, Incorporated
Publication date:
09/07/2010
Pages:
188
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Clyde Bolton retired after 40 years with the Birmingham News. Prior to that he had written and edited for the Anniston Star, LaGrange Daily News, Gadsden Times, and Montgomery Advertiser. He lives in Trussville, Alabama.

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