Playing for A Hoagie and A Beer
Life on the Outer Fringes
of Football with the Semipro
Central Pennsylvania Whitetail Bucks
by Mark Speck
As the years have fallen away, the memories still remain vivid among the players, coaches and fans who loved and cheered the Central Pennsylvania Whitetail Bucks in the mid-70s. Author Mark Speck tells their story through the eyes of the players themselves. As Ron Bracken puts it for the Centre Daily Times, Playing for A Hoagie and A Beer “perfectly sums up Mark Speck’s look into the world of semi-pro football in central Pennsylvania from 1975-78.” Click here to read the full review.
Mark Speck has been researching pro football since the late 1980s. He has written numerous articles for the Professional Football Researchers’ Association publication, The Coffin Corner, and has contributed his time and efforts to several football encyclopedias and the official World Football League website, www.worldfootballleague.org.
He has worked as co-author of The World Football League Encyclopedia with Tod Maher, a statistical history of the WFL, and has authored two books dealing with the World Football League. The first, a book on the 1974 Florida Blazers, is called …and a Dollar Short, for which he won the PFRA’s 2011 Nelson Ross Award for “outstanding achievement in pro football research and historiography”. The second is titled Wiffle, which offers a behind-the-scenes history of the WFL.
When he is not researching pro football, Mark works full-time as a Quality Assurance Specialist for the nonprofit organization Able2 in Elmira, New York. Mark lives in Horseheads, New York, with his ever-understanding and patient wife Elise, and their Pug.