Heart of a Mule by Dick Schafrath

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Heart of a Mule by Dick Schafrath
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Heart of a Mule

The Dick Schafrath Stories

by Dick Schafrath

  • Hardcover, 228 pages, 5.6 x 8.8 inches
  • ISBN: 978-1-59851-024-9
Schafrath is a hard-working, stubbornly determined man who never stops looking for a challenge. This message rings loud and clear in his book. — Madison Messenger

He won national football championships with the 1964 Cleveland Browns and the 1957 Ohio State University Buckeyes. He served four terms in the Ohio senate. He was the first person ever to canoe across Lake Erie. He ran sixty miles nonstop between Cleveland and Wooster, Ohio, on a bet. He met presidents . . . He wrestled bears.

Dick Schafrath sure has plenty of stories to tell.

In this book, he tells the most remarkable stories from his first seventy years. Stories of growing up on an Ohio farm with no plumbing, plowing behind a pair of mules. Of playing alongside famous teammates and coaches—Jim Brown, Paul Brown, Woody Hayes . . . Of political campaigns and publicity stunts. Of returning to Ohio State to finish his undergraduate degree—after fifty years! Of a life dedicated to hard work and a stubborn determination that earned him his longtime nickname, “The Mule.”

Wild and wonderful, told in a warm, personal style, these stories are sure to entertain and inspire.

Illustrations: 30 black-and-white photographs

Reviews
Schafrath tells his story with wit and grace, never striving to be more than what he was, and never building himself up by belittling anyone else. It's all here, goofiness, warts and all. If you remember those halcyon days of the 60s and the last great football teams of Cleveland, you'll enjoy reading this book. Even if you don't remember, you'll still enjoy it. He could easily have called it 'from the outhouse to the White House'—a remarkable journey for one lifetime! — coolcleveland.com
Schafrath uses a simple, witty writing style that makes it seem like he's right in the room talking to the reader . . . Any fan of the Buckeyes or Browns should enjoy hearing the standout former offensive lineman's behind-the-scenes stories on the likes of Woody Hayes, Paul Brown and Jim Brown . . . There are several laugh-out-loud moments. — Daily Record
Told in a friendly, conversational tone these varied stories are sure to delight and inspire, as they convey a rich life marked by rising to challenges. Highly recommended. — Midwest Book Review
Schafrath is a hard-working, stubbornly determined man who never stops looking for a challenge. This message rings loud and clear in his book. — Madison Messenger
Schafrath's book captures the author's amazing storytelling abilities. Heaven knows if we can believe that he actually bench-pressed two of the Beatles (he's small), but the truth should never get in the way of a a good story, and Schafrath, former OSU Buckeye and Cleveland Browns player, adheres to that rule. — Ohioana Quarterly
About Dick Schafrath
Dick Schafrath

Dick Schafrath won national championships with the 1964 Cleveland Browns and the 1957 Ohio State University Buckeyes. He server four terms in the Ohio senate. He was the first person to canoe across Lake Erie. He has been a businessman and a bear wrestler, and he graduated from Ohio State University in 2006—after only 50 years. He is a native of Wooster, Ohio. More About Dick Schafrath

Contains References to:

1957 Ohio State University Buckeyes, 1957 Rose Bowl, 1964 Football Championship, 1964 Cleveland Browns, Art Model, Blanton Collier, Dick Schafrath, Gary Collins, Gene Hickerson, Jim Brown, Ohio State Senate, Paul Brown, Washington Redskins, Woody Hayes, Wooster, OH,

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