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Product Details

  • Paperback: 206 pages
  • Publisher: Cadent Publishing (January 25, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1937644057
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937644055
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,094,092 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Jackrabbit : The Story of Clint Castleberry and the Improbable 1942 Georgia Tech Football Season", dusts off the archives of World War II-era college football and takes a fresh look at a tragic star. Even if you haven't heard of Clint Castleberry, you will be impressed after reading Chastain 's narrative.  His story is told with expertise and detail by Tech grad Bill Chastain in "Jackrabbit," available here. It has been a great history lesson not just about Castleberry but also about Alexander, Bobby Dodd and the city of Atlanta in that era.
--The Tampa Tribune

Castleberry went off to fight in World War II, never to return. His No. 19 is the only football jersey that Tech has retired. His story is told with expertise and detail by Tech grad Bill Chastain in "Jackrabbit," available here. It has been a great history lesson not just about Castleberry but also about Alexander, Bobby Dodd and the city of Atlanta in that era.
--Atlanta Journal-Constitution

From the Author

Growing up in a Georgia Tech household, I had always heard about Clint Castleberry from my father. Once I became a sportswriter I wanted to know more about the only player in Tech history to have his number retired. Unfortunately, save for a handful of articles that had been written over the years, I couldn't find out much about him. So I decided to write the book and find out as much as I could on my own about Castleberry. The book actually had been scheduled to come out four years ago, but the first publisher ended up having financial problems and there were some problems with contract the second publisher offered me. Fortunately, in 2011 I found a home for the book.

Among the challenges of writing this book was the fact that many of those who played with Castleberry had died.  Fortunately, I was able to locate some who knew him in high school and in college. Their interviews were invaluable, as was the interview with Charley Trippi and many interviews with  Catleberry's widow. The Georgia Tech Department of Living History was unbelievable, especially its director, Marilyn Somers. And, obviously, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution was invaluable.  I enjoyed the research process, particularly the days when I uncovered a jewel or two that enhanced the story. Those were the good days.

I wasn't exactly surprised to find out he was a gym rat.  This guy loved sports and was a talented athlete in football, basketball, and baseball. He loved to compete and he was a winner. Learning about his days at Boys High was not only fascinating, but it was also something I did not expect. I had no idea that the Atlanta-based high school was a national powerhouse that traveled all over the country to play games. And Castleberry dominated in those games.

This book was a labor of love.  I really enjoyed traveling back to the early 1940s in Atlanta.

More About the Author

Bill Chastain began his journalism career as a freelance writer shortly after graduating from Georgia Tech in 1979. Some of the more notable publications where his stories have appeared over the years include: Razor Magazine, Nation's Business, SPORT Magazine, and Inside Sports. Chastain worked as a sports reporter for The St. Petersburg Times and The St. Petersburg Evening Independent before going to The Tampa Tribune in 1990, where he worked for twelve years as a columnist and sports reporter. While with the Tribune he also served as a correspondent for Sports Illustrated. He is the author of Payne at Pinehurst: The Greatest U.S. Open Ever; Purpose and Passion: Bobby Pruett and the Marshall Years; Steel Dynasty: The Team that Changed the NFL; September Nights: Chasing the Beasts of the American League East; Jackrabbit: The Story of Clint Castleberry and the Improbable 1942 Georgia Tech Football Season; Hack's 191: Hack Wilson and His Incredible 1930 Season; and The Steve Spurrier Story: From Heisman to Head Ball Coach. Currently he covers Major League Baseball's Tampa Bay Rays for MLB.com.

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A great and inspiring story.
Larry Byars
I would recommend this book to any Georgia Tech or college football fan who wants to learn more about the only Georgia Tech football player to have his number retired.
Clinton C Hudson
For GT football lovers it's a must read.
Richard F Pharr

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By William B. Fokes on August 9, 2013
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I bought this book after seeing a rave review and I was interested in "the best football player you never heard of". The subject matter had promise, but the story telling lacked excitement and was like a collection of news articles and lacked the thrill and emotion I was expecting from a sports biography.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Larry Byars on October 29, 2013
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The sadness of a life taken too soon, the mystery of what might have been,the beauty of a flame burning brightly. A great and inspiring story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Clinton C Hudson on July 16, 2013
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I would recommend this book to any Georgia Tech or college football fan who wants to learn more about the only Georgia Tech football player to have his number retired. The book is a brief glimpse into the high school and Georgia Tech careers of Clint Castleberry. The book does a decent job of also painting a picture of the backdrop of the 1942 season, namely the effect that college football had on the war morale and the effect that the war had on college football that year.

The book could have delved deeper into many subjects, but is still a good read for anyone who is interested in the history of Georgia Tech football.
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Clint Castleberry was married to my older first cousin, but he was killed in World War II before I was born. I spent my early childhood playing with his daughter, my second cousin. Although my father always said he was the best football player ever, I actually knew very little about him until I discovered this wonderful book. I have since recommended it to other family members including his daughter. Any football fan or Georgia Tech alum would really enjoy it.
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By Patsy Robinson on May 6, 2013
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We are Ga Tech alumni. We saw this player in our stadium and wanted to read about him. Great book.
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I enjoyed and found it hard to put this book down until the last page. Over Christmas, I was thrown together with my son-in-laws dad who's father 'Stumpy' T, also a Georgia Tech All-American, is mentioned in book in the famous Rose Bowl 'wrong way play' that will always remain in football history. I was treated to reviewing Stumpy's scrapbook and his election to the NFL Hall of Fame following his 13 years in the NFL. For GT football lovers it's a must read.
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By KLennon on January 17, 2013
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I sent this book to my 16-yr-old brother for Christmas. (He asked for it specifically.) He isn't much of a reader, but he loves football, and especially GT football. I asked him if he liked it, and he said, "It's awesome."
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