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Dover Library to host OSU football author

Published: July 26, 2017 12:00 AM
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DOVER --The Dover Public Library will host author Robert J. Roman on Thursday, Aug. 10 at 6:30 p.m. as part of its Nights at the Round Table Author Series.

In Ohio State Football: The Forgotten Dawn, author Robert J. Roman draws on extensive archival research to tell the untold story of the early days of football at Ohio's flagship public university.The game was different. Fields were rarely level and often rocky. Eleven men played both sides of the ball, quarterbacks were often the smallest men on the team, and coaches were not allowed to communicate with the players during a game. The travel was different. The faculty of rival Ohio Wesleyan forbid their team from traveling to Columbus, where the vulgar, "godless" public university students might corrupt their young men. After Ohio State's first game outside the state--a victory in Kentucky--the team had to run for its life, chased by an angry mob of stone-throwing locals. But the students were the same. Eager to establish their school as the equal of older, wealthier, and more strictly religious colleges, Ohio State students saw intercollegiate athletics as their path to respectability. "

Ohio State Football: The Forgotten Dawn will not only fascinate readers interested in the school's sports history, but also those interested in the early history of athletics at American public universities. Familiar debates over the construction of facilities, hiring of coaches, academic eligibility, and the authority of the faculty and the administration are all part of the story here. But above all, college football fans will see themselves, with pride, in this history of one of the sport's most famed programs. Includes forty rare photos from the Ohio State archives. Robert J. Roman was born in Connecticut and raised in Ohio. He attended the Ohio State University where he double-majored in psychology and American history/American studies. There he saw tens of thousands of students, who otherwise seemed to agree on almost nothing, be of one mind about their football team. He holds a master's degree in psychology from New York University and currently lives in New York City.

A book signing will follow the program. For more information or to register for this free community event, please contact the Dover Public Library at 330-343-6123. The Dover Public Library is located at 525 N. Walnut Street, directly across the street from Dover High School.


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