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Texas Sports

Texas Sports
Unforgettable Stories for Every Day of the Year

With a stirring story for every day of the year, this book celebrates the athletes and teams in more than twenty-five sports that have made Texas a dynamo in the world of sports across more than a century.

Series: Jack and Doris Smothers Endowment in Texas History, Life, and Culture

October 2017
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280 pages | 7 x 8 | 36 b&w photos |

When it comes to sports, Texas more than earns its bragging rights. The Lone Star State has produced championship teams and legendary athletes not only in football, baseball, and basketball, but in dozens of other sports as well. Texas Sports celebrates more than a century of achievements in a day-by-day record of the people and events—both unforgettable and little-known—that have made Texas a powerhouse in the world of sports.

Chad S. Conine packs a wealth of sports facts and stories into 366 days. He ranges from firsts such as UT’s first football game (an 1893 win against Dallas University Football Club) to peak moments such as Earl Campbell running through defenders, Nolan Ryan throwing heat past baffled batters, and Babe Didrickson Zaharias winning the Western Open golf championship for the fourth time. Conine covers more than twenty-five sports and all levels from high school to professional, reminding us that if Texas had never seen a pigskin or a backboard, its sports legacy would still be secure. With a winning combination of victories and heartbreaks, men’s and women’s sports, and all regions of the state, Texas Sports is a must-read for all sports fans and trivia buffs.

  • Introduction
  • January
  • February
  • March
  • April
  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October
  • November
  • December
  • Sources
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index



Conine is the author of The Republic of Football: Legends of the Texas High School Game. As a reporter, columnist, or author, he has covered Texas sports for twenty years—everything from Tuesday night high school volleyball matches to Thanksgiving Day Dallas Cowboys games.


“This handy publication, which discusses both amateur and professional sports, covers more than one hundred years of history, 1893-2016…valuable as a convenient reference and as a source for intriguing anecdotes.”
Central Texas Studies

“Conine has hit a home run with this book. His novel approach provides readers with a unique, wide-ranging smorgasbord of enthralling Texas sports highlights. Each vignette is concise yet potent, including precisely the detail, statistics, and specifics that Texas sports fans will want to know. For any fan like me, the book will be a delight.”
Ricky L. Sherrod, author of Texas High School Football Dynasties and dual credit US and world civilizations history teacher for Stephenville ISD

“As a huge Texas sports fan who has covered a number of the events in this book, I found the stories fascinating. It will be a great birthday or Christmas gift for sports fans, who will keep it close by their favorite recliner as a reference.”
Al Pickett, author of five books, including The Greatest Texas Sports Stories You’ve Never Heard


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