Friday, October 9, 2009

“VAULT” holds Terps football history

From UMd Terp magazine (Fall 2009):

A new book by a Maryland alumnus, sportswriter and devoted Terps football fan chronicles the team’s history, from the first game in 1892 to its successes under coach Ralph Friedgen today.
John McNamara ’83 uses words, historic photos and replicas of rare memorabilia to create a vivid scrapbook of sorts titled “The University of Maryland Football Vault: The History of the Terrapins.”
“The book was a very personal undertaking,” says McNamara, who covers the Terps at The Capital newspaper in Annapolis. “I have followed Maryland football—first as a fan, then as a journalist—for the last 35 years. Many of the players mentioned were people I watched, interviewed and got to know. I even met my wife, also a Maryland journalism student at the time, after a Maryland-North Carolina football game in 1981.”
He combines stories about legends including Harry C. “Curley” Byrd 1908, Jack Scarbath ’54, Jerry Claiborne, Boomer Esiason ’84 and E.J. Henderson ’02 with materials drawn from Maryland’s athletics department and archives. Johnny Holliday, longtime radio play-byplay announcer, wrote the foreword and Friedgen provided the afterword. -LB

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