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Wednesday, December 27, 1972
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Franco Harris: Thatsa Nice Halfback, Man By IRA BERKOW NEA Sports Editor PITTSBURGH — (NEA) A curious thing happened to Franco Harris one afternoon when he was a teen-ager. He was walking on a beach boardwalk near Tits hometown, Mt. Holly, N.J. An old gnarled man, seated, stopped Harris, and asked the boy to get him a cup of coffee. "I said no," Harris recalled recently. "I said, 'why can't you get it yourself?' He said he was crippled. I said, 'O.K., I'll get the coffee.' It was all kind of crazy. I came back and gave him the coffee. He was staring at me. "The old man said, 'I've never seen anyone like you before. You've got a Roman nose, you've got Roman eyebrows, you've got a Roman face. But you're black. I don't understand.' "I've never forgotten that incident, it was so strange." Harris did not explain to the man that he is a mulatto whose mother. Gina, married a black Army sergeant who was on a tour of duty in Italy. Harris is not given to lengthy explanations. He is softspoken and understated and seems to create waves only on the football field. As the rookie running sensation of the Pittsburgh Steelers, he has inspired a band of Pitts- burghers to cheer under the banner of "Franco's Italian Army." The group of fans is headed by a local baker named Tony Stagno. They waved little Italian flags as Franco marched to a 1,000- yard season, tied Jim Brown's NFL record of most consecutive games gaining 100 yards rushing (6), and became a heavy favorite to win the American Conference rookie of the year award in the national fan balloting held by the Wheaties Sports Federation in cooperation with Newspaper Enterprise Assn. "It's a fan club," Harris said of his new-found "Army." "And 1 like it." He did not find it necessary to explain to any of its cadre that he considers himself not Italian, but black. Sitting in a Pittsburgh restaurant after dinner. Harris talked of this. He was asked why he considers himself black. "That's an interesting question," he said. "Why have I always thought of myself as black? "I guess the whole thing in this country goes by skin color. I mean, either you're white or you're not white. So that's what I've had to deal with. In America, I'm black. When I visited Germany, I was thought Egyptian, or Indian. "In New Jersey we were always considered a black family, my parents and me and my four brothers and four sisters. We lived in black or mixed neighborhoods. We couldn't get housing in white neighborhoods. "Most of my friends were black, even though I did have some white friends in school. "Another thing is that I was proud of being black. The best athletes in town were black, and I was into athletics, so I identified with them. "Something else: I guess I had an advantage of always being big. So nobody ever hassled me that my mother was white or my father was black. Others might not be so lucky." Franco, the third oldest DfClkc UoStS IOlJVCl ESTHERVILLE DAILY NEWS, WED., DEC . 27, 1972 Page 6 Franco Harris child in the family, shined shoes in order to ease strains on the family budget. He did it all through junior high school and high school. He remembers those days as happy ones. On a Sunday, he might work from eight in the morning until 10 at night going with his partner through the barracks of nearby Fort Dix spit-shining boots. "I'd make up to fifty dollars on a Sunday," he recalled. "I was fast and I was pretty good. I knew how to apply the proper ratio of polish to water." Some mulattoes in America have suffered the agonies and traumas of being neither in one group or the other. Harris has known some, some who have tried "to pass" as white in hopes of proceeding easier in a race- conscious society. He remembers a girl in his high school whose parents hid the fact that she was part Negro from her until she was a teen-ager. "When she found out," said Harris, "it freaked her out." "I think it's tough not to know where you are and who you are," said Harris. "I've never had that problem. I don't deny my Italian blood, I just never thought of myself as Italian. But mostly, I've thought of myself as being an individual. "I'll give you an example. I was once walking with a white girl past a black church which was letting out. I felt I was getting some strange stares, like, why are you with her when you should be with us. But I've never been into a hate-anybody bag. I dig white women and black women, just like I dig white people and black people. I'm not in any one group and I don't feel I have to act or think a certain way that will please any group. "But you've got to be strong to stand as an individual. It's like a little poem which is very hip. A Muslim named Bama sings it on his album. It goes, 'If you're strong, you're within your right to be wrong.' " (NEWSPAPER ENTERPRISE ASSN.) Cyclones Face Nebraska In Big Eight Tournament tional power such as UCLA. "I think we could pay the kind of guarantee to induce that type of team," John says. So far, John's Cyclones have lost only to Illinois. Iowa State has a new player, Bill Benson, who has moved quickly into the starting lineup along with such established aces as Clinton Harris and Martinez Denmon. Nebraska, minus four start- KANSAS CITY (AP) - Iowa State and Nebraska open the 27th Big Eight Conference preseason basketball tournament Wednesday night in Kansas City's Municipal Auditorium amidst some sentiment for revision in the annual dribble derby's format. The Cyclones are 6-1 and Nebraska 3-4. In Wednesday night's second game, Missouri, 8-0 tangles with Colorado, 3-3. Iowa State's coach, Maury John, is among those who would like to see a change in the tournament makeup. John favors seeking an agreement with the Rainbow Classic in Honolulu "to send one of our teams there and bring in a visiting team." With the pre- By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS season tourney a rousing sue- The Detroit Pistons and cess financially, John believes Cleveland Cavaliers aren't go- it would be able to attract a na- ing anywhere in the National South All-Stars Rely on Offensive Leader "throw the football." Among the corps of receivers for the North are Tom Forzani of Utah State, who led the nation with 85 receptions, and the top receiver in the Big Eight, John Goerger of Kansas State. Mike Burnop and Craig Valentine of VPI, Dave Sullivan of Virginia and Jim Hodge of Arkansas are in the Rebel receiving unit. ers from last year, has only Tony Rheihl back and has encountered trouble in its early games. Missouri, seventh ranked, is the tournament's defending champion and has much of the same cast back, including John Brown, Al Eberhard, Mike Jeffries and Orv Salmon. Colorado has shown signs of being a good team at stages this season and has an outstanding freshman, Dave Logan, who reported only four days before the initial game and has found a spot in the starting lineup. The other teams swing into action Thursday night. Oklahoma State, 2-5, plays Oklahoma, 6-0, and Kansas, 4-4, battles Kansas State, 7-1, the defending Big Eight champion. Pistons Thump Milwaukee For Second Time in a Row MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The South is depending on the nation's total offense leader to help it extend its series lead in the annual Blue-Gray football game here tonight. By the same token, the North will use the No. 2 total offense leader in the nation to help it better its position in the series which shows the South leading 18-14-1. Kickoff for the televised clash between the college all-stars from the North and South is set for 8 p.m. EST. The Blues, except for a 6-6 tie in 1969, have been on the short end of the score for the last four years. The South won last year's game 9-0. Virginia Tech quarterback Don Strock will call the signals for the Grays. He led the nation in passing and total offense, connecting on 228 of 427 passes for 3,243 yards. Utah State quarterback Tony Adams, who was second in the nation in total offense, pilots the Blue squad. He passed for 2,787 yards and 22 touchdowns. Blue Coach Vince Gibson of Kansas State and Gray Coach Charlie Coffey of Virginia Tech say their strategy will be to Basketball Association and they're doing their best to bring the Milwaukee Bucks and Atlanta Hawks down to their level. With Stu Lantz scoring eight of his 37 points in the closing minutes Tuesday night, the Pistons, cellar-dwellers in the Midwest Division, beat first-place Milwaukee for the second time in a row 112-105, the first time they've managed that feat since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar joined the Bucks in 1969-70. Meanwhile, the Cavaliers, with one of the worst records in the league, snapped Atlanta's five-game winning streak, beating the Hawks for the second time in three meetings 115-96 and knocking them out of a virtual tie with Baltimore for first place in the Central Division. Elsewhere, Boston turned back New York 115-106, Baltimore trounced Buffalo 121-104, Chicago whipped Kansas City- Omaha 117-103, Houston shaded Phoenix 113-110, Los Angeles crushed Portland 116-92 and Seattle edged Golden State 9795. American Basketball Association scores: Dallas 131, Virginia 126; Kentucky 129, Indiana 120; Utah 119, Memphis 112; Denver 103, San Diego 101. Cleveland, which had lost its last nine games, outrebounded the Hawks 65-41 while the Cleveland backcourt duo of Austin Carr and Lenny Wilkens combined for 50 points, 26 for Carr. Lou Hudson led the Hawks with 27. NEW YEAR'S EVE CELEBRATION SATURDAY NIGHT - DECEMBER 30 AT THE HIGHLANDER BALLROOM V ESTHERVILLE, IOWA HORNS - - HATS - - NOISE MAKERS - - FEATURING THE COUNTRY ESQUIRES FOR YOUR DANCING PLEASURE Enjoy a delicious STEAK BEFORE OR AFTER THE DANCE IN THE HEATHER ROOM Make Your Reservations NOW DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) The Drake Bulldogs have not lost a game at home this season while the Iowa Hawkeyes have not lost a game on the road. One of those records will be broken tonight as the Hawks travel to Des Moines for the 23rd basketball meeting between the two schools. The Hawks defeated Kentucky and Kansas in their previous road trips but have lost two of three at home—to third- ranked Marquette and 16th- ranked Kansas State. The Bulldogs, meanwhile, have won five straight at home but lost their lone road game at Iowa State, 88-84. "Drake is one of those teams Pro Basketball By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NBA Eastern Conference Atlantic Division W. L. Pet. G.B. Boston 28 5 .848 New York 28 10 .737 2>/ 2 Buffalo 9 25 .265 19>/ 2 Philadelphia 3 33 .083 26 ! /2 Central Division Baltimore 20 14 .588 Atlanta 2C 16 .556 1 Houston 15 18 .455 4 '/2 Cleveland 10 26 .278 11 Western Conference Midwest Division W. L. Pet. G.B. Milwaukee 26 10 .722 Chicago 22 13 .629 3 l / 2 K.C.-Omaha 20 20 .500 8 Detroit 16 19 .457 9>/ 2 Jim F*rr*«, Editor Pacific Division Los Angeles 28 6 .824 Golden State Phoenix Seattle Portland 21 12 17 19 11 29 9 28 .636 6'/ 2 .472 12 .275 20 .243 20y 2 Thursday's Games Buffalo at New York Baltimore at Atlanta Detroit at Milwaukee Cleveland at Golden State ABA East W. L. Pet. G.B. Carolina 24 14 .632 _ Kentucky 22 13 .629 '/2 Virginia 20 20 .500 5 Memphis 14 23 .378 9 '/2 New York 13 22 .371 9'/ 2 West Utah 23 15 .605 — Indiana 20 15 .571 2V 2 Denver 19 17 .528 4 Dallas 15 20 .429 71 /2 San Diego 15 26 .336 IOV2 Thursday's Games New York at Utah Dallas vs. Virginia at Hampton, Va. Indiana vs. Carolina at Raliegh, N.C. that can be very, very good when it puts it all together," Hawkeye Coach Dick Schultz said of the Bulldogs. "We hope that they won't and we will." Iowa leads the series 17-5, but Drake has won three of the last five meetings, including a 72-70 triumph in Des Moines two years ago. Last year, the Hawks won 89-93 at Iowa City. Most of the players from last year's match are back. Iowa's 7-foot-l Kevin Kunnert had 24 points in last year's game and 6-foot-3 guard Rick Williams had 22. Glenn Angel ino popped in 14 for the Hawks. Williams, who averaged more than 19 points a game a year ago, is having his problems this year with an average of only slightly more than 10. but Williams says there is nothing wrong with his playing, "it's just that Fm playing a different game this year." That different game means passing more to the Hawks' taller front-liners and setting up plays. Williams shot only 11 times against Marquette last week, hitting six. But his coach says he would like Williams to shoot more. Drake's top scorer a year ago was 6-foot-8 center Larry Seger who tallied 20 points. Cleo Kilgore, who has lost his starting job, added 12 last year and another reserve, Craig Davis, chipped in with 10. A plus for Drake Coach Howard Stacey's team this year is the Bulldogs are going into the game shooting 50.9 per cent from the field. Last year the Bulldogs managed just 36.3 at Iowa, including a chilly 28.6 in the first half. Both teams sport just one real new face for the 7:35 p.m. tilt. For Drake it's 6-foot-3 sophomore guard Ron Caldwell. For Iowa it's junior college transfer Candy LaPrince, a 6- foot-1 guard. The probable starting lineup for Drake includes 6-5 Dennis Bell, 6-7 Tony Johnson, Seger, 6-3 Ron Caldwell and 6-2 David Langston. Iowa is expected to start 6-7 Neil Fegebank, 6-9 Jim Collins, Kunnert, Williams and LaP­ rince. GRAND THEATER-ESTHERV/L IE k THURS. thru SAT. 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