‘12 Mighty Orphans’ Is the Cornball Texas Football Movie We Need Right Now
It’s a true story so implausible that it had to be made into a movie. The triumph of the Mighty Mites, the Depression-era high school football team of the Masonic Widows and Orphans Home in Fort Worth, is one of the better sports tales in Texas history. Everything about it—the poor-as-dirt team of scrappy orphans, transformed under the innovative leadership of Rusty Russell, a World War I veteran from Fredonia—screams “cinematic.” The facts, as told in Dallas sportswriter Jim Dent’s 2007 book 12 Mighty Orphans, are amazing: the team, without so much as a ball to call its own, once improvised a football by stuffing two socks together; the boys rode to games in the bed of an old Dodge pickup, with wooden rails Russell…View Original Post
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