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Btyflwvffle (Ark.) Courier ITewg'— Tuesday, April It, 1MI — Pile Ntai Today's Young People ; • ' Want 'Piece Of The Action By IRA BERKOW NBA Sports Writer NEW YORJC - (NBA) - Last summer, a black shoeshine boy, in his early teens, was buffing the snoes of a white man in Chicago's Loop, not far from where, the recent fires and killings and lootings took place. The white man asked the boy who his favorite baseball players were. "Ernie Banks," said the boy, above the rhythmic slap of the shoeshine tag. "Willie Mays, too. Yeah, I dig Willie Mays a whole lot. I wanna be a ballplayer, too. Like him." The white man asked if he-would like to be a ballplayer like Jackie Robinson, too. "Who?" asked the kid, looking lip. "Jackie Robinson." '. "Never heard of him," replied the bootblack, applying more palish. And boys the age of the bootblack have thwarted dreams and frustrated bitterness and 'bursting bitterness toward American society. They have very little knowledge of the his; tory and achievements of the '.' black man in this country. They -. were responsible .for the bulk of : the multimillion-dollar damage — resulting in the loss of lives and property — that ravaged the ghettos of Washington, D.C., Chicago, Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Memphis. It was also boys of the age of that bootblack who were responsible for the relative calm in Harlem, Watts, Philadelphia, Detroit. : "There is no question about It," said Jackie Robinson. "The kids were responsible for the riots and for the calm. The ones who rioted were releasing their frustrations and bitterness on a world that has ignored them. It was an expression of their de: sire to get a piece of the action of the affluent society around them. "Those who did not riot showed respect for the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King and his ideals of nonviolence." Robinson broke the color line in organized baseball. In 1946, he joined the Brooklyn Dodgers and became the first Negro to play in the major league. From then on,' the barriers for Negroes in baseball, as well as in almost all other sports, crumbled. Robinson is'currently an '. assistant-to New York Gov. Net • son Rockefeller. He speaks often 'in ghetto neighborhoods. ' "I don't try to influence," he said. "I just try to explain the problems and the position of the '.. black man in America. And it's true, many of those kids have -never heard of me. As Roy Wilkens, head of the NAACP, said , recently, most of the. kids rioting know very little about the black movement and have never even ' heard of the Montgomery bus boycott in 1956, which Dr. King ! 'led. That was the beginning of' his nonviolent movement. "That's the fault of the white society. That's what the Negro ; leaders are trying to change. ••The kids want this history, of •what the black man has done in , : America, and they want it in their school books. "If rioting is to be stopped, there has to be a willingness by the power structure of this coun: try to understand the frustrations of these kids. "And no amount of talking and promiing is going to change 'their attitude. There has to be action. No one single person could have prevented those riots, not me, not Willie Mays, not Mayor Lindsay of New York, not President Johnson. Not even Martin Luther King. Dr. King's death was not the reason for the {outbreaks; it was just an agent." '. Is there any way that biack athletes can help? "Black athletes can show their concern for Mother members of their race," said Robinson. "That's about all. Many don't do very much, like some of the San Francisco Giants, Mays and Jim Hart' and Willie McCovey. Of.course, some other athletes do. Bill White of the Phillies, Bill Russell of the Celtics and Arthur Ashe, the tennis player, have shown great concern. But some don't involve themselves enough. I know I didn't when I was a player. That was wrong. "I have been out of baseball for 12 years. And the kids look at me like I'm just an old-timer.- The guys playing today, though, carry prestige. They can be very significant in explaining the problem and encouraging the kids. When kids, see the stands athletes like Tommie Smith and Lew Alcindor and Muhammad All take, this is important to them. These athletes are really projecting themselves. "This, doesn't .mean that. athletes can be great race leaders. They can't because they don't have the following. You know, Negro kids don't look at Negro athletes'with the awe that white kids — and white adults — look at athletes. "The Negro, kid admires the. black athlete, but he doesn't honor him in the way whites do. Blacks have more important problems than seeking autographs. This is something "white people don't seem to understand. For example, black kids are proud of Ali and admire his skills as probably the greatest fighter of all time, but that does not mean they agree with, or want to follow his racial views." The black kids in the ghetto, the age of that Chicago shoeshine boy, march to the tune of.' their own drummer. Hockey By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Semifinals Monday's Results No games scheduled Today's Games Bait Division New York at Chicago, Chicago leads best-of-7 series, 3-Z West Division Los Angeles at Minnesota, Los Angeles leads best-of-7 series, 3- Philadelphia at St. Louis, St. Louis leads best-of-7 series, 3-2 Wednesday's Garnet No games scheduled IMOLA, Italy AP) - World champion Mike Hailwood . of England took ths .lead at the start Monday and led all the way to win the 500 CC Class of the Golden Shell international motorcycle race. PINEHUHST, N.C. (AP) Marge Burns of Greensboro/ N.C., fired a four-over- par 7 Monday and took medalist honors in the North and South Worn- •n't Invitational mint Golf Tourna- Sam Jones Not About To Retire By RALPH BERNSTEIN Associated -Press Sports Writer. PHILADELPHIA (AP) Sam Jones isn't ready for a rocking chair just yet. The 34-year-old sharpshooting guard of the Boston Celtics may need a breather now and then, but he's as tough as ever in the clutch. If you don't believe it, ask the Philadelphia 76ers. Philadelphia was all set Monday night to finish off the Celtics in their best of 7 game Eastern final in the National Basketball Association. The 76ers led 3-1 and were at home before a sellout crowd of 15,202. Everything pointed to a Boston fade out. Something. went wrong with the script. Boston won 122-104. Old and tired Sam Jones fired in 37 points. "When you're down 3-1," said Old Sam after he finished shooting up the 76ers, "You just pull up your socks and get the job done." : '/ Jones connected on IS of 27 from the field and threw a natural at the foul line—7 for. 11. He broke the back of the team he describes as the .strongest physically he's ever seen. . So, the aeries headed back to Boston for. the sixth game Wednesday night. A seventh, if necessary is slated for Philadelphia Friday night. Jones didn't put down the defending champions all by himself. John Havlicvk poured in 29 points and huded out 10 assists. Jackie Robinson Texas League Play Underway Today The Texas League, opening its season today, sees the return of 1888 charter member San Antonio after an absence of two years and of Shreveport, La., which joined the league in 1895 but has not been an affiliate for. 11 seasons. The other new city is Memphis, Tenn.. long a member of the Southern Association which it quit in 1960. ..*.*. * All Texas League clubs are owned outright or have working agreements with major league teams. The Atlanta Braves moved its .Austin, Tex., franchise to Shreveport. . * * * The opening night schedule has El <Paso at defending champion Albuquerque, Arkansas at Memphis, Shreveport at Dallas- Fort Worth, and Amarillo at San Antonio. The 140-game schedule ends Sept. 2. The league will be split into two divisions with Albuquerque, El Paso, Amarillo and San Antonio in the West and Memphis, Arkansas, 'Shreveport and Dallas-Fort Worth in the East. HERMON C. JONES Business Men's Assurance Co. S55 So. Perkins Extended Suite 404 Ph. 682-9641 Memphis. Tennessee Insurant, for Estate Planning Key Man - Partnership - Corporation - Group Pension - Retirement - dospitallzation. Tired of pushing, pulling and sweating over grass cutting? GETAYAZOOEIDER! 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Cincinnati at Chicago Philadelphia at Los Angeles, ,N ; - ••/ ' '• •" - : •' St. Louis at Atlanta. N Only games scheduled Wednesday's Games .-- San Francisco at New York Houston at Pittsburgh Chicago at Atlanta, N Los Angeles at Philadelphia, N St. Louis at Cincinnati, N . American League W. L. Pet. G.B. Minnesota .. 5 01.000 — Detroit 3 1 .750 V-k Baltimore.. 2 2 .500 ZVz Boston 2 2 .500 2 : « Cleveland... 2 2 .500 2'/4 Oakland .... 2 2 .500 2& California ... 2 3 .400 3 Washington . 2 3 .400 3 New York .. 1 .3 .250 3V 2 Chicago 0 3 .000 4 Monday's Results Washington 7, California 0 Minnesota. 6, Baltimore 3 , Oakland 6, New York 3 Detroit at Boston, rain Only games scheduled Today's Games Oakland at New York Culture; Casey 7"o Cousy Sport Art Quietly '- .-.'-I : ,,;i Draws Many Fans By BEN OLAN Associated Press Sports Writer NEW YORK (AP) — It was quiet and one could see everything without obstruction in the new Madison .Square Garden Art Gallery Monday night. The night before there 1 had been bedlam in the Garden's big, mam arena as 17,250 screaming spectators witnessed a classic Stanley Cup hockey game. .. .. , . Culture; though, came quietly to the Garden with the press preview of its Art Gallery. The people spoke softly and moved slowly around the 3,800 feet of the carpeted exhibition area. Oh view were 51 paintings, etchings and scultpures depicting outstanding athletes and great moments in sports. The collection ' is Worth about $750,000. ,:. . . • '. : There was Joe Louis knocking out'Max Schmeling in their famous second fight, Jack Demp- in those days." ••% The inaugural exhibition is. titled "The Artist and The Sportsman," and will be opened tooths public starting Friday. The .-.admission charge is 50 cents. " J The exhibitions, which will be changed about every two months, are being staged by the National Art Museum of Sports which says it hopes to "enlist on the side of art the public's intimate knowledge and enthusiasm for sport " Detroit at Boston Chicago at Cleveland Only games scheduled Wednesday's Games Washington at Minnesota Cleveland at Detroit Chicago at Boston Baltimore at Oakland, N New York at California, N Casey Stenjcl sey blasting Luis Firpo through the ropes and Bobby Jones hitting a golf ball. Several persons' gathered around an impressive painting of Big Daddy Lipscomb and others were attracted by culptures of Bob Cousy, Jesse Owens and Casey Stengel. There was, too, a scene of a 'golf match painted by the great Rembrandt in 1654. Someone cracked, "I wonder if they had to fill out their own scorecards Great Cig«riltos— tippid or regular GO KING EDWARD- Am»r/eit's Largest Selling Cigar'-* SAM BLACK'S Oldsmobile Sale Of The Year! 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