Our Boys in Blue and Gold


A Chronicle of Zips Football

by Tara Kaloz

Pages: 209; Size: 8.5″ x 11″
Series: Ohio History and Culture

SKU: 978-1-931968-64-5 Category: Tags: ,


Our Boys in Blue and Gold chronicles Zips football from the late 1800s until today. Stories from The Buchtelite have been carefully selected to provide a complete and unique picture of the university’s crucial games and motley characters. Historic images fill the pages with a timeline of the sport itself.

The first book of its kind about Zips football includes:

  • An historical account of the team’s journey from its inception in 1891 through the 2008 season
  • Special sections on the Zips and Zippy, the wagon wheel, the Acme–Zip game, the coaches, the marching band, the cheerleaders, and the playing fields and stadiums
  • Over 50 carefully-selected news articles that provide a comprehensive portrait of Zips football
  • Unique images from every decade dating back to 1891
  • A foreword by Jim Tressel, who started his coaching career as a graduate assistant at The University of Akron
  • Extensively-researched selections from The University of Akron Archives, The University of Akron Athletics Department, The Buchtelite, the Tel-Buch, and more
  • Features about landmark games, historic contests, and traditions
  • Season records dating back to the program’s inception

About the author

Tara Kaloz

Tara Kaloz is a graduate of the Northeast Ohio Master of Fine Arts (NEOMFA) creative writing program at the University of Akron. She writes fiction and is an avid fan of all things that come with autumn, including football.

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Ohio History and Culture


Tara Kaloz

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