Moments of Impact


Moments of Impact

Injury, Racialized Memory, and Reconciliation in College Football

Jaime Schultz

216 pages
25 photographs, index


January 2016


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About the Book

In the first half of the twentieth century, Jack Trice, Ozzie Simmons, and Johnny Bright played college football for three Iowa institutions: Iowa State University, the University of Iowa, and Drake University, respectively. At a time when the overwhelming majority of their opponents and teammates were white, the three men, all African American, sustained serious injuries on the gridiron due to foul play, either because of their talents, their race, or, most likely, an ugly combination of the two. Moments of Impact tells their stories and examines how the local communities of which they were once a part have forgotten and remembered those assaults over time. Of particular interest are the ways those memories have been expressed in a number of commemorations, including a stadium name, a trophy, and the dedication of a football field.

Jaime Schultz focuses on the historical and racial circumstances of the careers of Trice, Simmons, and Bright as well as the processes and politics of cultural memory. Schultz develops the concept of “racialized memory”—a communal form of remembering imbued with racial significance—to suggest that the racial politics of contemporary America have generated a need to redress historical wrongs, congratulate Americans on the ostensible racial progress they have made, and divert attention from the unrelenting persistence of structural and ideological racism.

Author Bio

Jaime Schultz is an associate professor of kinesiology in the History and Philosophy of Sport program at Pennsylvania State University. She is the author of Qualifying Times: Points of Change in U.S. Women’s Sport.


"Moments of Impact is an excellent book that American cultural, sport, and public historians should be aware of."—Matt Follett, Sport in American History

"Well written and well researched, this important and readable book offers much to ponder."—S. K. Fields, CHOICE

"Moments of Impact provides important historical, sporting reflections on racialized memory, highlighting the cultural significance of collective remembrance and the harms caused by allowing people to forget."—Daniel Burdsey, Ethnic and Racial Studies

Moments of Impact ties together quite nicely and with much finesse the connection among sport, racial politics, and cultural memory. . . . Schultz obviously understands that good history is about content and analysis and accuracy, but also about telling good stories involving interesting people and interesting events. . . . Moments of Impact will make a significant contribution to the scholarly literature.”—David Wiggins, author of The Unlevel Playing Field: A Documentary History of the African American Experience in Sport

“Firmly grounded in history, richly contextualized, theoretically sophisticated, and cogently written. . . . [Moments of Impact] tightly illustrates the messy, contentious politics of memory and commemoration, the making and remaking of meaning. . . . Scholarly and smart without being stuffy and dry.”—Daniel A. Nathan, president of the North American Society for Sport History and author of Saying It’s So: A Cultural History of the Black Sox Scandal

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Introduction: Telling Exceptional Tales
1. Resurrecting Jack Trice: Life, Death, and the Campaign for Jack Trice Stadium
2. Iowa State University’s Commemorative Balancing Act: Jack Trice Stadium and Carrie Chapman Catt Hall, 1995-97
3. Ozzie Simmons, Floyd of Rosedale, and a Tale of Two Governors
4. Photographic Memory and the Johnny Bright Incident of 1951
Afterword: Coming to Terms with the Past


2016 Benjamin F. Shambaugh Award, Honorable Mention from the State Historical Society of Iowa

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