With the holiday season in full swing, we at the Bucknuts Media Network are proud to unveil a great gift idea that also will serve as a special fund-raiser for the Woody Hayes Athletic Center project.
We now have copies of "Expanding Your Horizons," a book written by former OSU football player Donald Steinberg on the school's 1942 national championship team coached by the legendary Paul Brown.
We are offering copies of this special book for $25, including postage ($5). After all expenses are paid, author Steinberg has agreed to donate proceeds to the WHAC renovation project. Some proceeds are also being donated to student-athlete scholarships at OSU.
The university plans to spend as much as $20 million over the next several years renovating the 19-year-old WHAC to make it – once again – the preeminent college football practice facility in the country.
OSU football coach Jim Tressel had members of his 2002 national championship team read Steinberg's book on that special 1942 team prior to their own historic quest for glory. This is more than just a "football book," and Tressel stands behind the message within.
"I thought we had a unique opportunity as a team," Tressel said. "With all of the discussion, our guys were talking about how good they wanted to become. I thought it would be neat if they read about someone who had done that, right here at Ohio State.
"So the book, ‘Expanding Your Horizons,' chronicled that great year of 1942. It talked a lot about that coaching staff of Paul Brown and his staff. It really outlined what became of those men who had such extraordinary onfield success later in their lives. The things they did in the military and everywhere else were really something."
Tressel is excited that a new generation of OSU fans will get a chance to read Steinberg's book, which originally went into print in 1993.
"This is a unique opportunity now for our fans on Bucknuts to have a chance to purchase this book, which was written by Dr. Donald Steinberg who was a member of that team," Tressel said. "It's a chance to read about the first great ones, the first great team at Ohio State.
"It will be one of those books you can't put down. If you are truly an Ohio State fan, you want to find out when it truly started.
And with proceeds from Steinberg earmarked for the WHAC project, this project can help benefit OSU football for years to come.
"To know that some of the proceeds from the book will go to the Woody Hayes Athletic Center bonus fund is a tremendous bonus for us," Tressel said.
"This book is the best gift a parent can give to his or her child as they are going off to college," Tressel added.
(All orders received before the end of the work day on December 16 are guaranteed to ship that day and should arrive before Christmas)
Below we have some excerpts from the book. First, a portion of the introduction:
The decade of the 1940's was a very exciting time in America. Movies, stories, and a whole host of material has been written about this period of our history. In spite of our desire for nations to live in peace with one another, World War II was being fought around the world. Once more the United States would need to come to the aid of our Allies. We joined in this world struggle to thwart the evil ambitions of dictators who were determined to dehumanize peaceful countries.
This book is a remembrance of those days. To the men who still have fond memories of sports heroes of the 1940's, this book is a renewal of those exciting days. To the Alumni of The Ohio State University, this is the dream team that has never been forgotten in the annals of Ohio State football. Within each chapter or biography, the reader will gain a clearer conception of the details involved in developing football teams and the responsibilities of the players in each position on the team. To those people who are interested in the values of America and the values to be gained by higher education, this is a study of the lives of 40 young men who became "Movers and Doers" in our American society. Each player of Ohio State's 1942 football team was either dedicated to the educational development of hundreds or even thousands of young men who would follow them as their students, or each player would make significant contributions to society through his profession. Before coming to the university, there were no indications that they were different from other high school graduates. Except for being football players, their high school academic records were similar to other high school students. The foundations for the future successes of each of these players were laid in the classrooms of The Ohio State University and on the practice fields just South of the Ohio State stadium.
If a young man wishes to look for a role model for his future, one of these young men of the 1942 Ohio State football team would bear a close resemblance to any of the circumstances of his life before going off to college. If one is so poor that a higher education may seem impossible to obtain, almost everyone of these players was in a similar situation. If a young man feels that discrimination prevents him from fulfilling his goals in life, as well as obtaining a college education, I would suggest he read the biography of Bill Willis. If your physical development falls short of your dreams of athletic fame, Les Horvath's story of the trials and tribulations in reaching the pinnacle of success in being awarded the Heisman Trophy is for you. If you are a person who has become disheartened by unexpected interruptions in achieving his personal goals, there was a war to be fought, and after the war, an education to be completed and careers to be pursued for almost every one of these players.
Much has been assumed about the value of intercollegiate football. This book is a lifelong study of the moral values that held fast to the separation of teenaged and adult responsibilities. It also reveals the motivations that coaches use as they are in constant association with their players. They correctly promised a life of success and happiness as the just rewards for each player's efforts in obtaining a college education and participating in intercollegiate sports. It is a combination that almost guarantees wonderful memories, a wonderful future and lifelong friendships.
Next, a portion from the biography of legendary lineman Bill Willis:
After graduation, I was appointed the Head Coach at Kentucky State University. This was Kentucky's "separate but equal" policy to educate Black students. We were a small school and played similar black schools in the area. We had a small stadium and cheerleaders who would admonish us with the usual plea, "We want a touchdown! We want a touchdown!" When the team was finally able to score, the girl students would respond, "We're Satisfied, We're Satisfied" in their sexiest voices. My heart was not really in coaching. The war was over and the papers were filled with the news that Paul Brown was organizing a professional team to play in Cleveland. I called Paul and wanted to try out for the team. Paul told me he would get back to me in the near future. In the meantime, the Montreal Argonauts were trying to sign me to play in the Canadian League. I was just about resigned that I would not hear from Paul and was packing my bags to go to Canada and away from the discrimination still rampant in the United States. Unbeknown to me, Paul was trying to figure a way to circumvent the unwritten code against Black athletes in the new conference. One of Paul's best friends was Paul Hornung, the sportswriter for the Columbus Dispatch. I was on my way to Canada when Paul Hornung called, "Why don't you go to Bowling Green University where the Browns are training and try out for the team "Well," I answered, "I called Paul and he never called me back. Anyway, I'm going to Montreal tomorrow to try out for the Argonauts in the Canadian League." Paul insisted, I really think you should stop in Bowling Green. Hornung was never known to me to be a very insistent person, so I assume that Coach Brown had solved his dilemma in this manner.
I arrived at Bowling Green University about 11:00 the following morning in the middle of their practice. Paul merely said, "Bill, get your uniform from the equipment manager and I will meet you at the other end of the field with the center, two guards and Otto Graham. The center was Mo Scarry who had many years of professional experience. I had developed a technique of watching the center and charging as soon as I saw his hands tighten on the ball. My reaction time was so fast that I was in the backfield before the Quarterback could receive the ball and pivot to start the play. In two hours, I had arrived at the Browns' training camp, practiced and signed my contract. This little ploy with Paul Horning had accomplished Paul's goal to sign me and Marion Motley.
The Cleveland Browns were a formidable team for ten years, the last five in the National Football League after the merger with the Al American League. Our Ohio State 1942 team was the nucleus of this team. During my pro career of eight years we were the champions or contenders for the championship every year. After an appropriate number of years, I was inducted into the Professional Football Hall of Fame. Shortly thereafter, I was also inducted into the Intercollegiate Hall of Fame. Very few players have been so honored.
The same discrimination that I had had in high school and college was still present in the professional leagues. Oftentimes, Marion and I had to stay with friends in the Southern cities when we played in the All American League. After a lifetime of slanted social overtones of racial bias, the acceptance of black people into the social fabric of our country was beginning. This first acceptance was through Paul Brown's unwavering attitude that the best players should play on his team regardless of any other factors. Marion Motley and I led the way for Jackie Robinson and Kenny Washington from UCLA to be given the opportunity to participate in professional athletics. I always maintained my self respect without surrendering to the injustices I felt so often in high schools, at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia, or in the early years of professional football. We had led the way and had broken the barriers against Black athletes in America. I felt that I had made the right choices and I was truly able to lead the way and help my people.