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Local author, sports historian tackles Commodores


Traugber's latest book may soon need update
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Brentwood author Bill Traughber will likely need to update his latest book earlier than he planned. In September, Vanderbilt Football, Tales of Commodore Gridiron History (The History Press, $20) reached local bookstores. On Saturday, Vanderbilt football team will make a little history by appearing in only its fifth bowl appearance in team history when it takes on Cincinnati in the Liberty Bowl.

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A well-regarded sports historian, Traughber’s newest book looks back to the Vanderbilt program’s earliest days. The story begins in 1890 when Vanderbilt’s cross-town rival, University of Nashville, challenged the Commodores to a football game. Fullback and founding head coach Elliott H. Jones promptly organized a team and delivered a crushing 40–0 victory which began Vandy’s pigskin tradition and helped football gain a foothold in the South. Traughber brings to life the star players, outstanding teams, beloved coaches and remarkable games that shaped the Commodore’s program.

He looks back at the leadership of Coach Dan McGugin, the first game played on historic Dudley Field, and provides a profile of Vanderbilt hall of fame quarterback Bill Wade.

Traughber has been a researcher and writer of Nashville sports history for 14 years. The History Press published his first book, Nashville Sports History: Stories From the Stands, in March 2010. Also last year Traughber published his special tribute to his high school alma mater, Brentwood Academy Football: From a Cow Pasture to a Tradition, 1970-2009.

He has been recognized as a five-time winner in the Best Feature Writer category and a one-time Writer of the Year as a member of the Tennessee Sports Writers Association.

Vanderbilt Football is sold at Elders Bookstore, Bookman Bookwoman (Hillsboro Village), Barnes & Noble (Cool Springs), Metro Archives (Green Hills), historypress.net and amazon.com. 

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