Third Down and a War to Go

Third Down and a War to Go

by Terry Frei

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Overview

On December 11, 1941, All-American football player Dave Schreiner wrote to his parents, “I’m not going to sit here snug as a bug, playing football, when others are giving their lives for their country. . . . If everyone tried to stay out of it, what a fine country we’d have!” Schreiner didn’t stay out of it. Neither did his Wisconsin Badger teammates, including friend and cocaptain Mark “Had” Hoskins and standouts “Crazylegs” Hirsch and Pat Harder. After that legendary 1942 season, the Badgers scattered to serve, fight, and even die around the world.

This fully revised edition of the popular hardcover includes follow-up research and updates about many of the ’42 Badgers, plus a new foreword by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author David Maraniss. Readers and reviewers agree: Terry Frei’s heart-wrenching story of Schreiner and his band of brothers is much more than one team’s tale. It’s an All-American story.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940015163551
Publisher: Wisconsin Historical Society
Publication date: 08/22/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
File size: 12 MB
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About the Author

Terry Frei, an award-winning journalist, writes for ESPN.com. He is the author of the acclaimed Horns, Hogs, and Nixon Coming: Texas vs. Arkansas in Dixie's Last Stand. He lives in Denver.

Table of Contents

Contents Acknowledgments xi 1942 Wisconsin Badgers Roster and Schedule xiii Prologue xvi One The Lancaster Boys 1 Two Day of Infamy 17 Three What Now? 21 Four Hirsch and Harder 25 Five The Little General 35 Six The ?42 Badgers 41 Seven Getting Ready 55 Eight Gainful Employment 58 Nine Camp Grant 61 Ten Notre Dame 67 Eleven Marquette 75 Twelve Missouri 81 Thirteen Great Lakes and Crazy Legs 87 Fourteen Purdue 94 Fifteen Ohio State 97 Sixteen Iowa 110 Seventeen Northwestern 117 Eighteen Minnesota 123 Nineteen So Close 131 Twenty Off to Serve 138 Twenty-one The Last Mission 147 Twenty-two Flyers 156 Twenty-three Stalag Luft III 161 Twenty-four Guadalcanal 167 Twenty-five On to Germany 173 Twenty-six V-E 179 Twenty-seven Okinawa 186 Twenty-eight V-J 204 Twenty-nine Badgers Again 211 Epilogue 216 Lives and Deaths 220 1942 Game by Game 234 1942 Season Statistics 244 1942 Badger Lettermen 245 Sources and Credits 246 Index 251

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