In addition to the Vietnam War, the Civil Rights Movement, an often-violent protest culture in America, and a generation conflict, these teenagers had to cope with a very personal tragedy on the brink of the season. “Bull in the Ring” is the story of how football and their faith became a refuge for them then, and the place that season has held in the lives they went on to live. It is available in paperback and e-book via Amazon, at the Chesterfield Barnes & Nobel, and everywhere books are sold. You can also read Bill McClellan’s highly complimentary review here.
If you are from St. Louis, you know the importance of high-school, as the question, “Where did you go to school?” rarely applies to your years in college.
Local author, Joe Castellano, class president of his St. Louis University High School’s class of 1970, and co-captain of the football team, does more than reminisce in his first book, “Bull in the Ring”. Mixing faith, football and friendship, Joe weaves a compelling reflection of what it was like to live amidst the internal and external struggles of the era.
The 1970 SLUH football team was undersized and not very fast, had no home field, and played half its games against the Top 10 teams in the state of Missouri. Improbably, that team made it to the state championship game. The great but naïve ambition of the young Baby Boomers who played on or supported that team was tempered by the frightening, threatening social turmoil of the late 1960s.
“As a first-time author, and a novice self-publisher, I felt fortunate to have found Davis Creative. Cathy and Jack Davis provided a thorough checklist of the materials I needed to provide and the steps I needed to take, patiently answered all my questions, set up my accounts with the publishing firms, and provided important strategic guidance that helped me optimize the book launch. Quality, experience, integrity, accessibility. If I do this again, I’ll want Cathy and Jack on my team again.” ~ Joe Castellano