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About the Author: Ralph Henry Barbour

Ralph Henry Barbour (1870 - 1944) was an American novelist who wrote popular works of sports fiction for boys, creating highly readable and idealistic stories that taught about the importance of sports, teamwork, and school spirit. Over his career, Barbour produced more than 100 novels as well as a number of short stories.

He was the winner, along with George Randolph Osborne, of Life Magazine’s Shortest Story Contest, which culminated with a publication of these works in 1916.


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A Story of College Life and Football by

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Paperback, Published in Dec 2012 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN10: 1481275178 | ISBN13: 9781481275170

Page count: 112

"Behind the Line: A Story of College Life and Football" is another classic by Ralph Henry Barbour, an American novelist who wrote popular works of sports fiction for boys. "Behind the Line: A Story of College Life and Football" tells the story of Neil Fletcher, one of the star players for the Hillton football team. The book features plenty of exciting action, including a kidnapping. Illustrations are also included, together with a few drawings of football plays. The chapters include: Heroes in Moleskin, Paul Changes His Mind, In New Quarters, Neil Makes Acquaintances, And Shows His Mettle, Mills (Head Coach), The Gentle Art of Handling Punts, The Kidnapping, The Broken Tricycle, Neil Makes the Varsity, The Result of a Fumble, On the Hospital List, Sydney Studies Strategy, Makes a Call, And Tells of a Dream, Robinson Sends a Protest, A Plan and a Confession, Neil is Taken Out, On the Eve of Battle XX, Cowan Becomes Indignant, The "Antidote" is Administered, Between the Halves, Neil Goes In, and After the Battle. "Behind the Line: A Story of College Life and Football" is an interesting book with plenty of play-by-play action sure to entertain any football fan.

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