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Forty-Seven Straight: The Wilkinson Era at Oklahoma

Harold Keith and Wilkinson's Players

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ISBN 10: 0806118989 / ISBN 13: 9780806118987
Published by University of Oklahoma Press, Norman, Oklahoma, U.S.A., 1984
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University of Oklahoma Press, Norman, OK. 1984. Hardcover. Stated First Edition. Book is tight, square, and unmarked. Book Condition: Fine. DJ: Near Fine; closed tear on front cover and rear cover. Red boards and spine with white and gold lettering on spine. 368 pp. This book is the glorious account of a string of football players and their coach who in the 1950s set a winning streak that may stand forever. This book is about that record as it grew year by year told in the very words of the players who set the records. A book about Wilkinson, the players, and the streak. A clean pristine copy in Brodart mylar. Bookseller Inventory # 000499

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Title: Forty-Seven Straight: The Wilkinson Era at ...

Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press, Norman, Oklahoma, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1984

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Edition: 1st Edition

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Football tradition at the University of Oklahoma still runs strong, as does the record of forty-seven consecutive victories that legendary coach Bud Wilkinson and his players set in the 1950s. Approached but never equaled by teams such as Washington, Miami, and Texas, the streak contributed to the acclaim Wilkinson garnered by amassing an impressive three national championships (1950, 1955, and 1956), twelve consecutive conference titles, twenty-three straight wins on opposing fields, Top Ten rankings for eleven successive years, and a thirty-one game winning streak before the unforgettable forty-seven straight.”

Forty-seven Straight details how the record grew, season by season, as told by sixty-one of Wilkinson’s players during interviews with Harold Keith, the university’s sports publicist who witnessed all 178 football games during the Wilkinson era at OU. The players recall Wilkinson’s and his staff’s style, methods, and strategies while vividly recalling their most dramatic games. The scholastic integrity of Wilkinson’s program, which included high academic standards and graduation rates, produced a successful group of career-minded players.

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Harold Keith (1903-1998) was the University of Oklahoma Director of Sports Information and the author of Oklahoma Kickoff, also published by the University of Oklahoma Press

Berry Tramel is Sports Editor and Columnist for The Daily Oklahoman.

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