Traverse City Record Eagle story on Raye of Light
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Traverse City Record Eagle story on Raye of Light

Book on Michigan State's leading role in the integration of college football

Photo: Traverse City and Grand Traverse Bay

Thanks to Brett Sommers and the Traverse City Record Eagle for a story on Raye of Light.

I always enjoy returning home to northern Michigan in the Lower Peninsula. On this trip, my daughter loved visits to Mackinaw Island and Sleeping Bear Dunes. She also caught her first trout from the East Bay of Grand Traverse.

I'll be returning for a Raye of Light book-signing Oct. 24 at Horizons in downtown Traverse City. The event is tentatively scheduled from 4 p.m. to 6 pm. depending on when kickoff for Michigan State's home game against Indiana that has a TBA start time.

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Traverse City Record-Eagle story on Raye of Light

Tom Shanahan

Tom Shanahan

Tom Shanahan is an award-winning sportswriter and the author of "Raye of Light". Tom spent the bulk of his career in San DIego writing for the San Diego Union-Tribune. He has covered NCAA Tournaments, Super Bowls, Rose Bowls, the NBA Finals and the World Series in a career that included writing for Voice of San Diego, the San Diego Hall of Champions and He contributes to the Detroit Free Press, Raleigh News & Observer,, and the National Football Foundation's Football Matters. He won multiple first-place awards from the San Diego Press Club and first place from the Copley News Service Ring of Truth Awards. The National Football Foundation/San Diego Chapter presented him its Distinguished American Award in 2003. USA Track and Field’s San Diego Chapter presented its President’s Award in 2000.

Raye of Light: Jimmy Raye, Duffy Daugherty, the integration of college football and the 1965-66 Michigan State Spartans. It explains Duffy Daugherty's pioneering role and debunks myths that steered recognition away from him to Bear Bryant.

By Tom Shanahan; Foreword by Tony Dungy; August Publications

David Maraniss, Pulitzer Prize winner and biographer: "History writes people out of the story. It's our job to write them back in."