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Twelve Mighty Orphans (book)

Jim Dent


In this book, Jim Dent tells the story of a group of orphans who became a championship football team.

Masonic Home was an orphanage for housing and educating the orphans of Texas Freemasons. When Rusty Russell—himself an orphan—arrived at the school in 1929, the orphanage did not have a football team.

Yet, during the 1930s and 1940s, the Masonic Home Mighty Mites was the toughest football team in Texas.

They might have been the scrawniest kids with not much, but with Rusty Russell coaching them, the Mighty Mites beat the kids from ‘good’ schools wearing expensive uniforms.

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