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Item Number: BIG
Publisher / Author: Robert E. Jauron
ISBN: 9781937721558

BIG BLUE DAYS. The Story of a Small-Town Football Dynasty in Swampscott, Massachusetts.

Big Blue Days is a story about special times in a special place.

In 1953, Stan Bondelevitch arrived in the small Massachusetts seaside town of Swampscott and quickly transformed a losing football program. In Stan’s first season as the new coach the high school team recorded a winning record, came within a touchdown of claiming the conference title, and produced a shocking upset victory over a squad that had not lost in 31 straight games. Over the ensuing 20 years, his Big Blue teams posted eight undefeated, untied seasons; won numerous conference and Eastern Massachusetts championships, including the state’s first high school Division II Super Bowl game; and enjoyed three separate lengthy winning streaks.

A number of Big Blue players were named high school All-Americans. Three teammates on the 1967 Swampscott squad—Bill Adams, Dick Jauron, and Tom Toner—played multiple seasons in the NFL. Coach Bondelevitch’s announced retirement in 1976 prompted a local newspaper to write that it was the conclusion of “the greatest coaching era in the history of New England schoolboy football.”

Advance Praise for Big Blue Days

“This book is terrificThe research is great. The writing is even better. You didn’t have to grow up in Swampscott to enjoy this anecdotal ride through the glory days….” —Leigh Montville, former Boston Globe sports columnist and Sports Illustrated senior writer, and award-winning author of nine books, including New York Times bestsellers, At the Altar of Speed, Ted Williams, and The Big Bam   

 Bob Jauron’s comprehensive history of Swampscott High School football (1953–1973) recalls a bygone era in Anytown, USA …. Wish I could have played for Stan Bondelevitch.—Dan Shaughnessy, Boston Globe sports columnist, New York Times bestselling author: Francona and Senior Year

“…there is no chronicle of the sparkling gridiron days of a high school football tradition remotely as deep and affectionate as Bob Jauron’s Big Blue Days.” —David Shribman, Pulitzer Prize winner and executive editor of the Pittsburg Post-Gazette   

Reader Review
So what makes this book a good read? 
For one thing, it immediately engages the reader. Bob Jauron can write. His approach is that of a good sportswriter. He tells a fine story in a way that
 holds the reader. Second, Bob has artfully described a high school football team’s sudden rise from the primordial ooze of decades of futility to winning state championships. The same high school kids (and their younger brothers) that had a practiced history of losing became winners, not only in football but, as Bob narrates, later in life. Third, Bob has described in some detail how Stan Bondelevitch was able to do this. Bob observes that Stan Bondelevitch, who was not an “x’s” and “o’s” man, brought much more to the table. “Big Blue Days” documents how Stan applied his talents for motivating and inspiring young men, for instilling a “can-do” attitude in all around him, and for providing an infectious enthusiasm for and a positive humorous focus on the game of football. Bob describes how, in his quest, Stan literally drew the entire community into the program – players, other school students, parents, townspeople, print media - you name it. His program was a collective effort.  Thus, while the book is about special times in a special place, it is also much more. It is a most credible guideline for any coach, any player, or any parent in any sport as to the road to winning, not just in sports, but in life. It’s that good. It would be a great Father’s Day gift!  J.G.

About the Author  

Robert Jauron is the son of one outstanding football coach and the brother of another. A graduate of Swampscott High School, Brown University, and Suffolk University Law School, Bob practiced law for 37 years before retiring in 2014. He and his wife, Sally, reside in Manchester, New Hampshire, but frequently return to Swampscott, Massachusetts, now home to their daughters, sons-in-law, grandchildren, and other close relatives. Big Blue Days is his first book.
About the book
Fully illustrated with live action game shots, team photos and more.
400 pages, many historical photos, index of names.
Hard cover, with dust jacket.


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