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Jackrabbit: The Story of Clint Castleberry and the Improbable 1942 Georgia Tech Football Season
"He ran like a crazed jackrabbit," according to one awe-struck sportswriter. Clint Castleberry was already an Atlanta-area football sensation when he arrived at Georgia Tech in 1942, and in one meteoric college season he became a national sports hero as well. He was the first college freshman ever to be voted All-American. At least one Heisman Trophy was all but certain. ...more
Paperback, 206 pages
Published January 25th 2012 by Tilbury House Publishers
(first published January 3rd 2012)
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One of the greatest "what if" stories in sports, that now after the passage of 65 years is all but forgotten. This is the story of Clint Castleberry, a one-of-a-kind athlete, who remains the only freshman football player to be voted an All-American as a freshman. It recounts the earliest days of the sport, its adjustments to the war, its early fixation in the southern culture, and of a far simpler & more naive world. It is a short read, and no literary heavy weight, but it recounts the facts ...more
If you enjoy football and incredible sports stories, this book is for you. This book illustrates the epitome of sacrifice and the setting aside of dreams and destiny to serve ones country in a war in which all gave some, and some gave all. Clint Castleberry was a marvel and we can only wonder what could have been. Read it.
Bill Chastain began his journalism career as a freelance writer shortly after graduating from Georgia Tech in 1979. Some of the more notable publications where his stories have appeared over the years include: Razor Magazine, Nation’s Business, SPORT Magazine, and Inside Sports. Chastain worked as a sports reporter for The St. Petersburg Times and The St. Petersburg Evening Independent before ...moreMore about Bill Chastain...