The book covers the Irish from 1932-2004.
By JOE SCALZO
VINDICATOR SPORTS STAFF
AUSTINTOWN -- Gene Janecko figures that every time one of his books ends up in someone's house, it helps preserve the Valley's football tradition.
"That's my whole motivation," he said.
Janecko, a 1944 graduate of Campbell Memorial High School, recently finished his fifth book, "The Fighting Irish: A 73-year chronicle of the Ursuline High School Football Program."
Like the others, the Ursuline book is in scrapbook form, containing pictures, statistics, newspaper clippings and yearbook articles from 1932-2004. It boasts scoring summaries from every football game in the school's history, as well as an in-depth look at the school's rivalry with Cardinal Mooney.
First book on Campbell
Janecko's first book, which came out in 2000, chronicled Campbell football from 1924-65. After graduating from Campbell, he played on Ohio State's undefeated 1944 football team before joining the Merchant Marines in 1945. He returned home to play at Youngstown College until a knee injury ended his career.
"Football's been good to me," Janecko said. "I didn't want to see these events forgotten. That's why I did the books.
"In fact, my motto is, 'The games are over but the memories are not.'"
He's also done books on the East-Campbell rivalry, Struthers football and Chaney football. Each book takes about 10 months -- the Ursuline book runs 607 pages -- and his next book will likely deal with Austintown Fitch football.
To order the book, call 330-792-0611 or send a check for $42 to Gene J. Janecko, 3835 Dunbar Street, Austintown, OH 44515. Out-of-town mailings are $45.
"Nobody does anything like this on a high school sport," he said. "But it's not about the money, it's about the memories."