Author: Bill Chastain
Paperback, 205 pages, $14.95 (+ shipping & handling)
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. Though weighing just 155 pounds, he seemed destined to become one of the greatest tailbacks in college football history.
But then World War II intervened, and Castleberry became, instead, another young man whose destiny was cut short. His #19 is the only number ever retired in the illustrious history of Georgia Tech football.
Bill Chastain weaves Clint Castleberry’s story around other legends of Georgia Tech football–including John Heisman, William Alexander, and Bobby Dodd—to create a glorious portrait of a proud football tradition and America’s Greatest Generation.
One of the great “what-if” stories in college football history. The story of Clint Castleberry is really the story of our Greatest Generation.
–from the foreword by Tony Barnhart, Mr. College Football and author of Southern Fried Football
Here’s a great storyteller with an oversized story to tell. Clint Castleberry died 67 years ago. He lives in these pages.
–Martin Fennelly, The Tampa Tribune
Bill Chastain does a great job of capturing this unique American hero.
–Wes Durham, Director of Broadcasting, “Voice of the Yellow Jackets”
The best football player you never heard of, who dashed across the gridiron for just one season, long ago.
– Frank Deford, Sports Illustrated and Hall of Fame sportswriter; NPR Morning Edition commentator; author of Everybody’s All-American, Bliss Remembered, and Alex: The Life of a Child
Bill Chastain attended Georgia Tech and covered the Rays for the Tampa Tribune prior to covering the team for MLB.com. Chastain has penned other books, including Payne at Pinehurst, Steel Dynasty, Peachtree Corvette Club, The Streak and Hack’s 191 (due out in January 2012). He lives in Tampa, Florida.