The Game Changers: Abner Haynes, Leon King, and the Fall of Major College Football's Color Barrier in Texas

Jeff Miller (Author) Mean Joe Greene (Foreword by)
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Product Details

Price
$24.99
Publisher
Sports Publishing LLC
Publish Date
October 25, 2016
Pages
256
Dimensions
5.9 X 1.1 X 9.0 inches | 0.95 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9781613219379
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About the Author

Jeff Miller has been involved in sports journalism in North Texas since 1987 with stops that have included The Dallas Morning News, CBSSports.com and ESPN.com. This is his sixth book. Miller and his wife, Frances, live in DeSoto, Texas. They have four children.

Reviews

"Bolstered by the vivid memories of the principals, this moving account provides a fresh view of turbulent times in the past." --Library Journal

"Sometimes larger truths come from smaller stories. In The Game Changers Jeff Miller tells the story of how during the late 1950s Abner Haynes and Leon King integrated the North Texas State football team. It's not always an uplifting, feel-good tale, but it is an honest one. Set against the harsh racism of the times, Haynes and King survived, thrived, and left their mark." --Randy Roberts, author of A Team for America: The Army-Navy Game That Rallied a Nation, and coauthor of Rising Tide: Bear Bryant, Joe Namath, and Dixie's Last Quarter

"We've become so accustomed to seeing African Americans dominate college football that we need reminders that just sixty years ago black athletes were not even allowed on college football teams in the South. There was no Jackie Robinson in college football but a collection of pioneers integrating one school and one conference at a time. Kudos to Jeff Miller for telling the story of the two young men who integrated major college football in Texas, the beginning of the end of a shameful period in football history." --Michael Oriard, author of Bowled Over: Big-Time College Football from the Sixties to the BCS Era