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Twelve Mighty Orphans The Inspiring True Story of the Mighty Mites Who Ruled Texas Football

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Twelve Mighty Orphans The Inspiring True Story of the Mighty Mites Who Ruled Texas Football by Dent, Jim, 9780312384876
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  • ISBN: 9780312384876 | 0312384874
  • Cover: Paperback
  • Copyright: 8/19/2008
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They Were Just a Scrawny Band of Orphans from Fort Worth, Texas, in the 1930s and 1940s-the Masonic Home Mighty Mites, a group of boys bound together by hardship and death. Their first practice started without a football, only six scarred leather helmets, and mismatched, tattered jerseys. But their devoted coach, who worked for peanuts and drove them around in the Home's antique, smoke-belching truck they called Old Blue, inspired them to believe in themselves-and within a few years they were playing for the state championship against the biggest and richest high schools in the state, despite being outweighed at least thirty pounds a man. Soon they attracted legions of fans far beyond the borders of Texas. When heroes were scarce during the Great Depression, the Mighty Mites became a symbol of hope. They showed America that heart can triumph over the greatest obstacles.

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