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Of Boston and baseball

Shut Out: A Story of Race and Baseball in Boston looks like a fascinating book, judging from this interview. I’d never heard the Jackie Robinson story, but being a serious Celtics fan, the issues surrounding race and Boston sports have interested me for a while. He seems to have at least a little to say about basketball, although his surprise at the color barriers broken by the Celtics makes me wonder about his general research. Tagged for later consideration.

The other night, my TiVo caught a Sportscentury on Bill Russell; a lot of the program was dedicated to the racism he faced. There was a tremendously poignant moment, during the Bob Cousy interview, when Cousy almost broke down in tears; hiding his face in his hands, Cousy said, “I could have done more.”

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