Pappy Waldorf

Pappy's Boys publish a book

Pappy Waldorf, legendary Cal football coach 1947-56, was a man beloved and revered by his players and the campus community alike. He took the Bears to the Rose Bowl an unprecedented three seasons in a row-1948-50.

His players, now in their 70s, have never forgotten him. "Pappy's Boys," an official Alumni Club, was founded 12 years ago by men who played under him, many of them World War II veterans. Its membership, now 542, has two aims: to get together and have fun, and to support the current football program at Cal.

They do admirably at both.

The two most recent additions to campus statuary were initiated and funded by Pappy's Boys: that of Pappy kneeling near Faculty Glade, and the giant Grizzly Bear by Memorial Stadium.

And now the boys have produced a book: "Pappy's Boys, The Rose Bowl Years: A Legacy of Winning."

Edited by Ron Fimrite, writer for Sports Illustrated, and produced by Dick Erickson, quarterback on the 1947-48 teams and former executive manager of the California Alumni Association, it contains 59 autobiographical essays by players, coaches, and others involved in the Waldorf Rose Bowls. Included are a foreward by Clark Kerr, preface by Glenn Seaborg, 34 photos, and essays by Waldorf's two daughters and Katharine Jensen, widow of Jackie Jensen.

Cost of the 204-page hardback is $30, including tax, postage, and shipping. Net proceeds go to the Cal football program. To order, send a check made out to "Pappy's Boys" to 8633 Don Carol Dr., El Cerrito, CA 94530. Or phone (510) 525-4500.

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