New book Revisits a Small Town’s Undefeated Football Season

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Steven P. Locke announces the release of his new book, “Little Locke and the Mighty Indians of 1975”

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As the team and the memory of its undefeated run faded into the past I thought it should be recorded for posterity.

When author Steven P. Locke was a 12-year-old boy growing up in Canal Winchester, Ohio, he witnessed something extraordinary – a championship football season, coached by his father Mike, that for a brief moment captivated a small Ohio town.

In his new book “Little Locke and the Mighty Indians of 1975” (published by iUniverse) Locke relives that odds-defying season while spinning a delightful tale that speaks not only to the joys of days gone by, but also to the joyful unpredictability of life.

Small Town, America has long been used to exemplify time-tested values and common sense politics. Yet, in the eyes of a 12-year-old boy – the son of the town’s football coach – Small Town, America is much more. It’s the valleys and the peaks; it’s the missed balls and the skinned knees; it’s team work and fair play; it’s, ultimately, life.

“The overall theme is a look at the fleeting nature of life; how our lives have changed in the nearly half- century since the events took place,” explains Locke, who describes the book as “deeply personal.”

A combination memoir and sports history, “Little Locke and the Mighty Indians of 1975” provides a snapshot of a town, its people, and their way of life in the second half of the twentieth century. A thoughtful and entertaining remembrance, the book presents an important historical reference.

“As a boy I witnessed an entire town transfixed on its high school football team as it won 22 straight games,” says Locke. “As the team and the memory of its undefeated run faded into the past I thought it should be recorded for posterity.”

About the Author
Steven P. Locke is an alumnus of the Ohio State University, where he did his undergraduate and graduate work. He taught history in the Granville, Ohio, Exempted School District; he was curator of history for the Ohio Historical Society. Locke and his wife, Linda, have two daughters. They live in Granville.

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