07 Oct Powerful Life Lessons Radio Interview
In a nutshell, the author, Gaines Baty, is a Dallas-area CEO and former all-conference football player at Texas Tech. Several years ago, he began doing some research to write a book about the dad he never really got an opportunity to know — All-American Texas A&M QB Buryl Baty. Long story short, Baty was an all-everything quarterback and local hero who left A&M to serve in WWII. He came back after the war in Europe, re-enrolled, won big, was drafted by the NFL’s Detroit Lions, shunned professional football and chose instead to coach at an impoverished school (Bowie High) in El Paso. There, he took a group of Mexican American kids who’d never won a thing or really been fought for in any way (Baty took a real stand against some deep-seated bigotry before anything like a civil rights movement began) and not only greatly shaped their character, but led them to multiple championships. Then, just as they were preparing to win a third, he was killed in an auto accident on a scouting trip. He was 30 years old (a few of the many pics we have are below). Gaines was just three.