Third down and a War to Go: The All-American 1942 Wisconsin Badgers

Third down and a War to Go: The All-American 1942 Wisconsin Badgers

by Terry Frei

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Third down and a War to Go: The All-American 1942 Wisconsin Badgers by Terry Frei

The 1942 Wisconsin Badgers football team had a host of individual stars, including two-time All-American end Dave Schreiner, fullback Pat Harder, and halfback Elroy "Crazylegs" Hirsch. Their coach was the stubborn and respected Harry Stuhldreher, best known as the one-time quarterback of Notre Dame's Four Horsemen. In the final-fling atmosphere typical on college campuses as the first year of U.S. involvement in World War II was winding down, the Badgers climbed their way up the rankings and ultimately became one of the greatest college football teams of all time.

Stars and benchwarmers alike knew that each game brought them closer to military service. The Badgers scattered into the various branches-and around the world-shortly after the season. Not all were asked to be heroic in battle, but many were, and they answered the challenge. Not all of them returned, and the circumstances of at least one battle death have been shrouded in mystery for six decades.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780870203602
Publisher: Wisconsin Historical Society
Publication date: 08/28/2004
Edition description: 1
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Terry Frei is a sports reporter and columnist for the Denver Post and ESPN.com who frequently appears on sports radio and television. His previous book was the acclaimed Horns, Hogs, and Nixon Coming: Texas vs. Arkansas in Dixie's Last Stand, the story of the 1969 football game between the Texas Longhorns and the Arkansas Razorbacks—and the tumultuous times in which it was played.

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