All for love of America’s first football team, Marco Island author pens newest book

Laura Archazki-Pacter Special to the Eagle
Scott Shook with his new book, 'A Century of Heroes,' and one of the helmets from the Massillon Tigers.

Laura Archazki-Pacter Special to the Eagle Scott Shook with his new book, "A Century of Heroes," and one of the helmets from the Massillon Tigers.

Laura Archazki-Pacter Special to the Eagle   
Massillon Tigers Football started the tradition of mascot stickers on the side of helmets, along with many other traditions seen in professional football today.

Laura Archazki-Pacter Special to the Eagle Massillon Tigers Football started the tradition of mascot stickers on the side of helmets, along with many other traditions seen in professional football today.

— When Scott Shook saw his first football game as a child, with his Dad, Harry, he was immediately hooked on one of America’s most historical football teams, the Massillon Tigers, from Massillon, Ohio.

“I began to write about sports at the age of fifteen, and I began as a sport writer, all for the love of the Massillon Tigers. It’s a cradle to grave love of football in Massillon,” said Shook, in a recent interview about his newly released book.

Instead, of stopping at writing and publishing his first best-selling book, Massillon Memories, published in the late 1990s, Shook came back stronger, after 10 years into researching and developing this major historical collection of football, “A Century of Heroes.”

Shook’s 1,024 page account of some of the most prominent football players in the early history of professional football, captures the significant “firsts” of football, from the development of team mascots, to the first mascot stickers on the sides of helmets, to the major wins of coaches, and tough losses in the game of football. It all began with the Massillon Tigers.

There were many journeys Shook took to the Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, for many of Shook’s major illustrations and research, “but it’s well worth the trips,” says Shook. He included some of the illustrations, photographs, and original team drawings from the early 1900s, in his most recently published book, with a forward by Chris Spielman, a 2010 College Football Hall of Famer.

In his forward, Spielman starts with detailing the pride he has from playing with the Massillon Tigers, and maintains that Shook captures those traditions, and loyalty of the players to the team, and to their hometown of Massillon, Ohio.

Winning football traditions last forever, Shook explained of his many interviews in the course writing his newest book. “Paul Brown, the namesake of the Cleveland Browns, a lot of people connect with him as the father of modern football. He taught a lot of coaches how to coach,” said Shook.

Most notably, Coach Paul Brown began to think outside of the box in coaching America’s first football players. “He was the first coach to have playbooks, and what he would do, was write the plays down on a chalkboard, and his players would write the plays down. It was all started at Massillon, and he revolutionized football. He brought classroom techniques to the game of football,” said Shook.

Arriving at the cover design of his recent book came from a dear friend Shook knew from a family friendship that began as Shook worked at the Charter Club of Marco Beach for the past 30 years.

“I collaborated on the cover of the book with one of the little kids I worked with at the Charter Club from many years ago. His Dad came up into my office, and said his son worked in book covers in Fort Myers. Adam Pavkov designed the cover of the book, and he did a wonderful job.”

About a year into watching his newly published book celebrated in his hometown of Massillon, and at bookstores, Shook balances his time between book signings. He is an assistant Manager at the Charter Club of Marco Beach, and recently spearheaded a bicycle tour to benefit the Marco Island YMCA. When he is not writing, biking, or working, Shook spends time with his family on Marco Island.

“The book goes decade, by decade. It looks like many mini biographies,” said Shook. “The book includes the mini biographies of the star football players.”

Joe Studer was one of those star players from the Massillon Tigers back in 1975. “The book was so well done, and Shook captured everything perfectly,” said Studer, from his home in Ohio, after reading Shook’s “A Century of Heroes.”

“There’s a chapter about my brother, and one on my Dad, and there was a great game he wrote about, where the Tigers played against McKinley and won with a long touchdown pass, and I was the senior co-captain,” said Studer, whose Dad, Junie, the team historian, painted many commemorative items over the years to honor the hometown team that started it all in the world of pro football. The entire Studer family and volunteers collected and maintain a library of all of the newspaper documents that made Massillon Tigers a winning football tradition.

“It’s a small Midwestern steel town, and they ended up with an excellent football team,” Shook said.

Taking that same excellence, Shook brings the histories alive in his newest historical account.

Scott Shook’s book can be found at Sunshine Booksellers on Marco Island, at, and at Shook said he can be available to talk about his book to local organizations, and he can be reached through his website.

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Comments » 3

Keats writes:

Isn't this a self-published book? Did the author pay for this advertisement?

RayPray writes:

During high season, every week there seems to be at least one 'book signing' session by our local literary 'eminentos' whose highbrow emanations were never forced to suffer the inconvenience or indignity of traversing any legitimate trade publisher channel of creation.

Vanity books -- especially those with spiritual or self-congratulatory themes -- have become quite a profitable local fad.

Our local Sunshine Booksellers seems to specialize in the production of such ripe artistic fruit.

After inflicting as many copies as possible of these poetic enormities on friends and relatives, the 'author' can make use of what remains in inventory as especially solid door stops.

tigertown writes:

A Century of Heroes, has to be the MOST incredible, and accurate account of 100 years of Massillon football. It is 1024 pages of pure amazement. It depicts the beginning of our wonderful Massillon Tigers. So many of these people in this book I have the joy of watching them play. This truly the cradle of football, as Mr. Shook takes us on a walk down memory lane. So if you have had a family member or friend who was in this football program, it is a must read. To the people of Massillon we are in a league of our own. If you a football fan read this book it tells where it all began.

In the beginning they were the Pro Tigers, there are so many greats like Knute Rockne leading Massillon against Jim Thorpe and his Canton The Tigers were 17-6-2, in those days they were pro game. Knute played for Notre Dame as one of the “Four Housmen of Notre Dame”. So begins the “America’s first high school dynasty”

John Snavely, Dave Stewart, Paul Brown, Ducky Schroeder, Chuck Mather, Tom Harp, Leo Strang, Earle Bruce ( who was undefeated), just name a few. They are just a few of some of greatest coaches.

A must read for past, present and even future Tigers. “The story of The Massillon Tiger”


History In The Making:

Seven Football Stadiums the United Stadium are named after Massillon player and coaches.

The College Football of Fame of South Bend Indiana: has 11 Massillon players or coaches as enshrinees

The Ohio High School Coaches Hall of Fame, counts 12 Massillon members on it’s Roster.

Six Massillon players have been elected at Ohio State captain . Three Massillon coaches have become head coaches at Ohio State.

Four former Tigers are Cleveland Browns Legends.

It covers 100 years of football, as stated by coaches & players.

Highly recommended I would give ten stars, but they allow five stars!

As Always Go Tigers

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