Third Down and a War to Go

The All-American 1942 Wisconsin Badgers

By Terry Frei
(Wisconsin Historical Society Press, Hardcover, 9780870203602, 260pp.)

Publication Date: August 2004

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The 1942 Wisconsin Badgers football team had a host of individual stars, including two-time All-American end Dave Schreiner, fullback Pat Harder, and halfback Elroy "Crazylegs" Hirsch. Their coach was the stubborn and respected Harry Stuhldreher, best known as the one-time quarterback of Notre Dame's Four Horsemen. In the final-fling atmosphere typical on college campuses as the first year of U.S. involvement in World War II was winding down, the Badgers climbed their way up the rankings and ultimately became one of the greatest college football teams of all time.

Stars and benchwarmers alike knew that each game brought them closer to military service. The Badgers scattered into the various branches-and around the world-shortly after the season. Not all were asked to be heroic in battle, but many were, and they answered the challenge. Not all of them returned, and the circumstances of at least one battle death have been shrouded in mystery for six decades.




About the Author
Terry Frei writes for The Denver Post. His previous books are Horns, Hogs, and Nixon Coming, which the Dallas Morning News labeled "a superb blending of sports, history, and politics"; Third Down and a War to Go, with a foreword by David Maraniss; and '77: Denver, the Broncos, and a Coming of Age.
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