While the book focuses on football, it should be a good read for persons who are not necessarily football devotees. For example, the first chapter gives a vivid picture of life in South Carolina during the 1930s and 40s, when many people grew their own food (including meats, fruits and vegetables), and when indoor plumbing, telephones, and even toilet paper were mostly nonexistent. Additionally, the book is replete with humorous anecdotes--both football related and non football related. And, it gives many examples of high-moral living.
For football devotees, the book gives insight into behind-the-scenes activities in high school and university athletics. Such activities include working with players, other coaches, and school administrators as well as happenings both on and off the field.
On a personal basis, the book gives a look into the life of a fine man, a Christian man, and a true southern gentleman--and a great coach. It gives many details about his family and family life as well as his many friends. If you were fortunate to know Coach Baker, you will be happy to read the account of his life. If you did not know him, you will likely wish you had after reading the book.
As you read this book, you almost certainly will at times chuckle, guffaw, and tear up. And, on a couple occasions you may be surprised or even shocked. All in all, you will likely be engaged.
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About the Author
Jack B. Evett grew up in Columbia, South Carolina and attended the University of South Carolina, earning bachelor's and master's degrees there. He received his Ph.D. degree from Texas A&M University. He is a retired civil engineering professor from The University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He authored/coauthored seven textbooks plus a number of articles published in professional venues. He was a member of five professional societies and five honor societies and was a professional engineer and land surveyor. Professor Evett and his wife reside in Harrisburg, North Carolina.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
If you grew up in Sumter, SC in the 30s. If played or watched high school football in South Carolina in the 50s and 60s. If you followed college football from the mid 60s into the 21st century…then you will enjoy reading Art Baker’s book.