DUKE OF THE BRUINS by Roger L. Treat


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A routine story of professional football with admirable overtones emphasizing racial understanding. Tommy Duke is a poor boy of Polish descent whose widowed mother needs an eye operation. While working at his job in a grocery store, Tommy dreams of earning a big salary with the Chicago Bruins. He knows it is improbable that he can become a member of the team, but he works at the park in his spare time and makes friends with some of the personnel. Because of an injury to one of the regular players, Tommy is given a chance to play and makes the headlines in his first game. His career is almost ruined by Phil O'Keefe, who holds a grudge against Tommy because of former punishment at the hands of Tommy's father. O'Keefe accuses Tommy of stealing, of disloyalty towards the team, and of friendship with a notorious, disqualified boxer. The latter forces O'Keefe to admit that he framed Tommy and also convinces the officials that the charges that brought about his own disqualification were false. The story ends with a contract for Tommy and a bonus that will take care of his mother's operation. Reliable football fare.

Pub Date: Sept. 22nd, 1950
Publisher: Messner