Glenn Killinger, All-American

Penn State’s World War I Era Sports Hero


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About the Book

This first biography of W. Glenn Killinger highlights his tenure as a nine-time varsity letterman at Penn State, where he emerged as one of the best football, basketball and baseball players in the U.S. Situating Killinger in his time and place, the author explores the ways in which home-front culture during World War I—focused on heroism, masculinity and sporting culture—created the demand for sports and sports icons and drove the ascent college athletics in the first quarter of the 20th century.

About the Author(s)

Todd M. Mealy lives in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

Bibliographic Details

Todd M. Mealy

Foreword by Howard W. Bedell
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 276
Bibliographic Info: ca. 40 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2018
pISBN: 978-1-4766-7051-5
eISBN: 978-1-4766-3152-3
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments viii
Foreword by Howard W. Bedell 1
Preface 4

Part One: First Quarter
1. Beginnings 13
2. Evolution of an Athlete 27
3. Dreams and Diversity in an American City 38

Part Two: Second Quarter
4. Wartime Football Adventure 57
5. War Season 68
6. Massed Athletics Experiment 82

Part Three: Third Quarter
7. The Veterans 107
8. War, Sport and Brotherhood 120
9. Harold Lamb Moments 130

Part Four: Fourth Quarter
10. Class of 1921 155
11. A Crafty Field General 164
12. All-American Hero 189

Epilogue: Post Game 203
Chapter Notes 229
Bibliography 252
Index 261

Book Reviews & Awards

“This, the first published biography, of Killinger, was well-written and thoroughly researched. …this is a good book”—Pennsylvania History