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June 14, 1996 - Image 58

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1996-06-14

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the game that night saying, 'You
know, we really can play winning
basketball, and we're tired of los-
ing.' So we just went out there
and played to win."
The next season, the Mer-
curys lost 43 straight games
to the Globetrotters. Kennedy,
who had a unique playing style
years ahead of his time, was
once told by Goldberg not to hog
the court.
"People pay their money to see
the Globetrotters play, not you,"
Goldberg cautioned h'rn.
But not all of Kennedy's mem-
ories are pleasant. He remem-
bers how the Globetrotters and
the Mercurys would have to play
two separate games for Southern
audiences, one in the daytime for
whites, another at night for
Says Kennedy, "I was a liber-
al before the Southern tours, but
they convinced me. We (the Mer-
curys) used to stay in hotels, but
the Globetrotters, even with stars
like Goose Tatum and Mead-
owlark Lemon, had to be dropped
off at black churches where the
locals would put them into pri-
vate homes for the night.
'We couldn't eat together in
restaurants. If the Globetrotters
were hungry, we had to go in-
side and get them food in a bag
at the carryout. I remember
that after we'd play a game
down South, all the fans want-
ed to do afterward was hear all
about the Trotters. They'd ask,
What's Goose Tatum really
like?' And I'd say, 'Look, why
don't you ask him yourself?
They're here in town, only a few
blocks away. I can call them and
have them come over.'
"`Oh no, not to my house. I
can't do that,' they'd say in shock,
and then ask us more questions
about the Trotters. It was a very
strange time."
Because of his record with the
Toledo Jeeps, Goldberg was
asked by the Midwest Basketball
League to serve as field director.
He made a tour of league cities,
and returned to the league's
Chicago headquarters late one
night. In the early morning hours
he got a phone call from a Chica-
go sportswriter friend telling him
the league had folded while he
Goldberg was a pioneer in
bringing boxing to television and
in promoting closed-circuit tele-
vision fights. He was responsible
for 12 bouts being televised na-
tionally from Toledo on the Philly
Cigars "Saturday Night Fights"
He played an active role in the
career of Archie Moore and man-
aged Wilber "Skeeter" McClure,
the 1960 Olympic gold medalist
whose roommate at the games
was still known then as Cassius
Clay. Under Goldberg's tutelage,
McClure, who lived and trained
in Detroit, became the No. 3
ranking contender before retir-

ing to pursue a degree at Wayne
State University.
Chuck Davey was a Detroit-
area boxer promoted by Gold-
berg. Davey later became athletic
commissioner for Michigan. And
Bob Calihan, one of Goldberg's
star basketball players, is still
fondly remembered by many as
the former athletic director of the
University of Detroit.
The Mercurys' Jack Kennedy
recalls, "The best team we ever
played against in Detroit was
Sam Taub's Sibley Shoes team.
And afterward, we'd all go to the
Flame Show Bar on John R. and —/
The roll call of boxers whose
bouts Goldberg promoted in
Toledo includes Sugar Ray
Robinson, Billy Conn, Joe Louis,
Henry Cooper, Rocky Graziano,
Carmen Basilio, Jake LaMotta,
Willie Pep, Ezzard Charles and
Tony Zale. Barney Ross, the
Jewish welterweight champion,
even came to Toledo to referee a
Goldberg-promoted fight. Gold-
berg was general manager of
Abe Saperstein's Boston Whirl-
winds basketball team, which
featured the great Bevo Fran-
cis, and was offered the post of
general manager of the Syra-
cuse NBA team, but turned it
down and helped Paul Seymour
get the job.
You won't find Sid Goldberg's
picture on a sports legends bas-
ketball card, but you'll find his
name in the hearts of those
whose careers he boosted and who
remember him with gi atitude.

Matthew Sikora
In Jr. Olympics

Matthew Sikora of Farmington
Hills will attend the Junior
Olympics in New Orleans in Au-
gust to compete in Shoto-Kan
Japanese karate.

Matthew Sikora

Sikora, age 9, has been train-
ing in this form for four years
and recently achieved brown-
belt status. He has twice placed
in the Michigan state champi-

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