My FWAA first-place story on the 1962 Rose Bowl and segregation

Visit my website homepage, TomShanahan.Report David Maraniss, Pulitzer Prize winner and biographer: "History writes people out of the story. It's our job to write them back in." *** I’m humbled and honored to share with you I’ve won first place in a national sports writing contest sponsored by the Football Writers Association of America. The FWAA, on its Fifth Down website, announced the 30th annual contest winners. My story won first place for Enterprise. I wrote about the 1962…

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Jackie Walker’s true 1969 Tennessee story forgotten and unjustly overshadowed by 1970 USC-Alabama folklore

Although no one in the documentary says it, there seems to be a feeling that Southern Cal’s rout of Alabama was the shock that the University and a majority of the fans needed to support integration of the football program. But in fact, that same shock probably came the previous year when the Tennessee Volunteers, the team that Bryant always regarded as the Tide’s most bitter foe, thrashed the Tide 41-14 at Legion Field in Birmingham. (I know—I…

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Purchase my new book: It’s the right thing to do

By TOM SHANAHAN My latest book on college football integration is available to pre-order. THE RIGHT THING TO DO The True Pioneers of College Football Integration in the 1960s Foreword by Ruffin McNeill Click here for summary and to purchase from August Publications:     *** As I said when I was invited to speak at the National Sports Media Association book festival on June 23 in Winston-Salem, no two books better tell an accurate story about college football…

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