There is nothing like high school football in the Rio Grande Valley. Fans from Brownsville to Rio Grande City gather on their local football field once a week in the fall to watch one of the most popular attractions of our region. The history of high school football is as interesting as the game itself.
The Museum of South Texas History’s Speaker Series presents Dr. Greg Selber discussing his new book, Border Ball: The History of High School Football in the Rio Grande Valley, on Saturday, Sept. 26 from 2 to 4 p.m. Please note that while the Speaker Series is traditionally held on Sunday, Border Ball will be held on a Saturday.
Selber has spent more than 20 years gathering information for Border Ball. A comprehensive chronicle of the sport, Border Ball mixes traditional sports history with the oral histories of the memorable pioneers who made Valley football what it is today. It is also a valuable history of Rio Grande Valley race relations, socio-cultural interaction, and especially the impact of football on people’s lives.
Selber has been a professor at the University of Texas-Pan American (UTPA) since 2001, teaching journalism and advising the student newspaper staff. He earned a doctorate from The University of Texas at Austin in 2001, after a career in newspaper and broadcast journalism, covering sports in the Rio Grande Valley since 1989.
He has broadcast UTPA basketball, minor league baseball, high school football, professional boxing, and he currently covers high school sports for the Edinburg Review. He is in the process of working on a new book, a study of Latino football players who have excelled at the college and professional level.
Dr. Selber is married to Dr. Kimberly Selber, and they have one daughter, Danya Mikel.
The Sunday Speaker Series program is included with regular museum admission. Friends of the Museum are admitted free as a benefit of Friendship. For more information on the program or becoming a Friend of the Museum, call 956-383-6911 or visit www.mosthistory.org. The Museum of South Texas History is located at 200 N. Closner, on the Courthouse Square in Downtown Edinburg.