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The Kids Got It Right

How The Texas All-stars Kicked Down Racial Walls

By Jim Dent

New York Times bestselling author Jim Dent pens the compelling story of how a black and white player came together to break the color barrier in Texas football in 1965. Jerry LeVias and Bill Bradley bonded as friends at the Big 33 high school all-star game, producing a dramatic finish that fans still talk about.

            Jim Dent takes the reader to the heart of Texas football with the incredible story of how two young men broke the chain of racism that had existed for more than half a century. In 1965, black and white players barely mixed in Texas. That summer, Jerry LeVias and Bill Bradley came together at the Big 33 game in Hershey, Pennsylvania. When no one else would room with LeVias, Bradley stepped forward. The two became the closest of friends and the best of teammates. LeVias called Bradley “my blue-eyed soul brother.’’ Big-hearted, gregarious, and free-spirited, Bradley looked out for LeVias – one of three black players on the team.

            The Texas team came to Hershey with a mandate to win. A year earlier, Texas had lost to the Pennsylvania all-stars 12-6 in the most significant defeat in the state’s proud history. This was considered blasphemy in a place where football outranked religion. Texas coach Bobby Layne was mad-as-hell that he was forced to play with second stringers in ’64. So he and assistant coach Doak Walker traveled to Austin and asked Texas governor John Connally to end the scheduling conflict with the in-state all-star game so he could suit up the best players. Layne also sought permission to recruit black players. After all, Texas was flush with black stars, some of whom would mature into the most notable players in the history of the National Football League.

Layne’s scheme never would have worked without Bradley and LeVias. Together—and with Layne’s indomitable will to win—the two led their team proudly to face down the competition at Hershey Stadium.  The Kids Got It Right is a moving story, reminiscent of Remember The Titans. Jim Dent once again brings readers to cheers and tears with a truly American tale of leadership, brotherhood, and good-ol’ Texas-style football.


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Publish Date

2013

ISBN

9781250007858


Format: Book
Author: Dent, Jim
Summary: "Jim Dent takes readers to the heart of the Texas gridiron with the incredible story of the state's high school football intergration. In the summer of 1964, a high school all-star team lost the most significant football game in Texas' proud history to the Pennsylvania Big 33 squad. Three months later, Coach Bobby Layne met with the governor, determined to prevent another loss. His important request: authorization to recruit black all-stars for his new squad. It was an ambitious plan: Texas high school football, launched in 1910, was dominated by white players, even though the state was flush with great black stars, some of whom would become the most notable players in the history of the NFL. And Layne's scheme never would have worked without two very special young men --happy-go-lucky quarterback Bill Bradley, and his Big 33 roommate, Jerry "the Jet" Le Vias, a speedy receiver who was also the first black athlete to sign to a letter-of-intent with a Southwest Conference school, SMU. Bradley looked out for Le Vias--one of only three black players chosen for the team--uniting the integrated team. Together--and with Layne's indomitable will to win--the two led their team to triumphant victory in Hershey park. With this moving story, reminiscent of Remember The Titans, Jim Dent once again brings readers to cheers and tears with a truly American tale of leadership, brotherhood, and good old Friday Night Lights style football"-- Provided by publisher.
Title: The kids got it right : how the Texas all-stars kicked down racial walls / Jim Dent.
Publisher Date: New York : Thomas Dunne Books, St. Martin's Press, 2013.
Subject: Football -- Texas -- History -- 20th century. School sports -- Texas -- History -- 20th century. Discrimination in sports -- Texas -- History -- 20th century. African American football players -- Recruiting -- Texas -- History -- 20th century. Texas -- Race relations -- History -- 20th century.
Isbn: 9781250007858 (hardback) 1250007852
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Format: Book
Author: Dent, Jim
Summary: "Jim Dent takes readers to the heart of the Texas gridiron with the incredible story of the state's high school football intergration. In the summer of 1964, a high school all-star team lost the most significant football game in Texas' proud history to the Pennsylvania Big 33 squad. Three months later, Coach Bobby Layne met with the governor, determined to prevent another loss. His important request: authorization to recruit black all-stars for his new squad. It was an ambitious plan: Texas high school football, launched in 1910, was dominated by white players, even though the state was flush with great black stars, some of whom would become the most notable players in the history of the NFL. And Layne's scheme never would have worked without two very special young men --happy-go-lucky quarterback Bill Bradley, and his Big 33 roommate, Jerry "the Jet" Le Vias, a speedy receiver who was also the first black athlete to sign to a letter-of-intent with a Southwest Conference school, SMU. Bradley looked out for Le Vias--one of only three black players chosen for the team--uniting the integrated team. Together--and with Layne's indomitable will to win--the two led their team to triumphant victory in Hershey park. With this moving story, reminiscent of Remember The Titans, Jim Dent once again brings readers to cheers and tears with a truly American tale of leadership, brotherhood, and good old Friday Night Lights style football"-- Provided by publisher.
Title: The kids got it right : how the Texas all-stars kicked down racial walls / Jim Dent.
Edition: First edition.
Publisher, Date: New York : Thomas Dunne Books, St. Martin's Press, 2013.
Description: xiii, 288 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Subjects: Football -- Texas -- History -- 20th century.
Subjects: School sports -- Texas -- History -- 20th century.
Subjects: Discrimination in sports -- Texas -- History -- 20th century.
Subjects: African American football players -- Recruiting -- Texas -- History -- 20th century.
Subjects: Texas -- Race relations -- History -- 20th century.
Notes: Includes index.
LCCN: 2013013395
ISBN: 9781250007858 (hardback)
ISBN: 1250007852
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Available Copies: 3
Total Copies: 3
Call Number: 796.33263 Den