Football Facts and Fun by Hod Ray


My wife’s 88-year-old grandmother recently passed away.  She was a dear lady and will be missed greatly.  With her passing, a lot of things were left behind for the family to sort through.  She lived in the same house since the mid-1960’s, and the accumulated years of “stuff” was pretty amazing.

One of the items my wife brought home was a book the family picked up somewhere along the way when her dad and uncle were playing football.  Even though I am not much of a sports fanatic, she knew this book was right up my alley.  I am sharing it here on Lost Transmission because it’s a classic piece of mid-century American culture and art, which I know readers of this blog will appreciate.

This book is entitled “Football Facts and Fun”.  It was published in 1949 by a football coach in Palo Alto, CA named Hod Ray.  Hod Ray.  Is that a cool name or what?

Anyhow, this thing is everything you need to know about the game of football filled with humorous 1940’s-styled illustrations by Madilyn and Marilyn Wood.  I have only found a few scant references to this book in a quick Google search, but it did get an awesome write-up in Life Magazine September 19, 1949.  You can check it out here.  Now, let me share some gems from this great piece of Americana.  I think you’ll love this.  I do.

Front Cover

The Block

Penalty: Meeting with the Knee

Penalty: Piling Up

Sensible Fan Attire

In addition to the humor, this book has lots of serious facts, rules and diagrams I’m sure are useful to those who care about football.  As for me, I thoroughly enjoying just looking at the cool illustrations!

Stay tuned.  I made another great find today I plan to share soon for all you vintage Disney nuts out there.  You know who you are.

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