-+ Friday, October 2, 1970
THE MICHIGAN DAILY
THE MICHIGAN DAILY Page Nine
on this and that
The black athletes,
and the old South
TWO WEEKS agol, the Texas A&M players voted split end
Hugh McElroy, the team's only black player, the game
ball for his part in the Aggies' 20-18 upet of LSU.
McElroy, who caught six passes for 180 yards including a
game-winning 79-yard touchdown pass-run with 13 seconds re-
maining, was certainly deserving of the game ball. But in Col-
lege Station, Texas, a town that hasn't always been known for
giving blacks what they deserve, it is at least somewhat en-
couraging that this 5-7, 159 pound junior received unprejudiced
recognition from at least one group of people.
It is also somewhat encouraging for another reason. It
shows that the South, at least as far as athletes are con-
cerned, is growing up a little in regards to the race question.
A few years ago, a southern coach at a white school
would have thought for a long time before he let a black
player on his team, let alone in. his starting line-up. And
the players would have had second-thoughts about voting
a black player the game ball, no matter how good he was.
Now in addition to McElroy, there are blacks playing, and,
getting recognition and even a little acceptance, at schools all
over the South. Texas Tech, Houston, Tennessee, Georgia Tech
and even Arkansas and Mississippi State all have at least one
black player seeing quite a bit of action. ' -
Spec Gammon, the Aggies' sports information director, gives
a simple explanation for the new-found acceptance of black
players at Southwest conference schools. "It's a rough confer-
ence, and everyone tries to get the best players they can," he
says. "Ninety-five percent of our squad is from Texas, and it's
the same with Texas and Texas Tech and (independent) Hous-
ton, too. Some of the better high school football teams in the
state are predominantly black, so it's only natural you'd recruit
their players, too."
McElroy wasn't recruited. He was a good high school
football player, but everyone thought he was too small
for college ball. He went to 'Texas A&M on an academic
scholarship, and was a walk-on on the football team, a
la Michigan's Henry Hill.
"We've had a number of other black football players,"
Gammon says. "Some have been walk-ons and some have
been recruited. They've never had too much trouble. In-
tegration is pretty much an accepted thing in the confer-
Even when the Aggies play Arkansas, the last Southwest
conference school desegregate, there hasn't really been any
trouble, Gammon says.
Gammon says Coach Gene Stallings recruited at least two
' black players this year, but one decided to go to Colorado and
the other to Tulsa for personal reasons unrelated to race ques-
All this is encouraging, but it is also somewhat mislead-,
ing. It conveys the impression that all is well and good with
the black athletes in the South, and that Southern athletics
have "opened up" to blacks. It is a nice impression and a
socially reassuring one, and while it may be true for the
Southwest Conference, a somewhat different picture is
painted in the Southeast, where Deep South schools like
Alabama and Mississippi are located.
A report released earlier this year by the Race Relations
Inforrmation Center in Nashville, says that charges of tokenism
leveled at the SEC schools have at least some basis in fact. Of
themore than 500 football players at the 1& conference schools,
only 17 are black. In eight sports at the schools, there are only
41 blacks competing.
There are, of course, some very real problems in recruit-
ing blacks in the Deep South. As a product of segregated and
often inferior secondary schools, many of the South's top
scholastic black athletes are ineligible.
Even more important, though, is that blacks are often
unwilling to attend a school with a history of racial discrim-
ination. At Vanderbilt, for example, one of the more progres-
sive of the Southern schools, seven blacks were offered
scholarships last year, but only two accepted.
The experience of-blacks who attend the schools show that
tne fears are often justified. Campus life is often lonely and
socially limited; racial slurs are often encountered at Deep
South schools. Many of the athletes are reportedly embittered;
a few are said to be satisfied, although often they sound a little
As a whole, the South, at least on the footbal field, is
growing up socially, but it still has a long way to go. And so
do some other parts of the country.
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Johnson takes AL batting title,
By The Associated Press.
ANAHEIM - California's Alex'
Johnson, brother of former Mich-d
igan star halfback Ron Johnson,
captured the American League,1
batting title yesterday by stroking
two hits in three trips to the plate u irts
for a .3289 average before leaving;
the Angels' season-closing game NIGHT EDITOR:
against the Chicago White Sox.
Johnson, batting in the leadoff JERRY CLARKE
spot, grounded out in the first in -
ning, singled in the third and beat in the final game at Connie Mack
out an infield hit in the fifth to: Stadium.
edge Boston's Carl Yastrzemski by The Phils largest home crowd of
.0003 for the crown. the season, 31.822, turned out and
After his second hit-and 203rd watchedthe3Ex2stet-nh
of the season-Johnson received a ninth on a one-out single by John
standing ovation, then was re- Bateman and Bobby Wine's run-
placed in left field by Jay John-anBobWiesr-
stone in the sixth. scoring double off starter Barry
Yastrzemski, who has won the Lersch, who gave up five hits.
batting title three times, went 1- Dick Selma came on to end the
for-4 Wednesday night in the Red
Sox' season finale to finish with a When Tim McCarver touched:
.3286 average, home plate for the winning run
Johnson came to the Angels last the fans in 61-year-old Connie
winter in an inter-league trade Mack stadium vent berserk.
with Cincinnati. He is California's The run kept the Phillies out
first batting champ in the expan- of the National League cellar andI
sion club's 10-year history. it was the last run ever to be
scored in Connie Mark.4
Mack mauled Fans ripped up their seats, toreI
off railings, desecrated the infield
PHILADELPHIA-Tim McCar- and outfield turf, and ransacked
ver, who drove in Philadelphia's the dugouts.
first run with a triple, ripped a The Phillies will open their next
two-out 10th inning single, stole season in the new $50 million Vet-
second and scored on Oscar Gam- erans Stadium. Connie Mack is
ble's single, giving the Phils a 2-1 scheduled to be leveled for a park-:
triumph over Montreal yesterday ing lot.
Major League Standings
Poor Darrel Royal.
He thought that Penn State's defeat last week gave his Texas
cows the world's longest winning streak at 22 games.
We hate to disappoint Professor Royal, but he'll have to try
harder. The Daily Libels, coming off their 79th consecutive undefeated
season, have won 638 straight games.
Yesterday, before a capacity crowd at Palmer field, the Libels
held their first scrimmage against the late Jersey Jocks. Services will
be held for the Jocks at the Newman Center at noon today.
The Ann Arbor Police, those noble souls, decided not to press
charges against Axe Atkins, in return for which Axe agreed to let
the pigs survive the upcoming game.
The Libels suffered one casualty in Spineless Siegel, who left
the field whimpering. In seems that Spineless could not stand the
sight of blood.
If anyone is interested, the Libels' secret is using a Cottage Inn
Pizza to grease the football when the opponents have the ball.
If you want to try this strategy, just get your Gridde Pickings
in by midnight tonight.
Texas A&M at Michigan
Syracuse at Illinois
West Virginia at Indiana
Iowa at Arizona
Notre Dame at Michigan State
Minnesota at Nebraska
Southern Methodist at
Duke at Ohio State'
Penn State at Wisconsin
Purdue at Stanford
11. Navy at Washington
12. Kansas at New Mexico
13. Oregon State at Southern
14. North Carolina at Vanderbilt
15. Auburn at Kentucky
16. Alabama at Mississippi
17., California at Rice
18. Rutgers at Harvard
19. Oregon at Washington State
20. St. Peter's at Fordham
ELLIOTT MADDOX, Detroit Tiger third baseman, tags out
Buddy Bradford of Cleveland in yesterday's action.
Ali appeals to court
WASHINGTON 001) - Muham-
med Ali, deposed heavyweight box-
ing champion who was convicted
of draft evasion, challenged in the
Supreme Court yesterday the legal
authority of the attorney general
to use electronic surveillance in
national security cases without1
prior permission of the courts.
Ali, the one-time Cassius Clay.
asked .the nation's highest court
to overturn his draft evasion con-
viction on the ground that the
g o v e r n m ent unconstitutionally
monitored five of his telephone
calls with electronic devices.
He also said in a brief that the
U.S. Court of Appeals in Houston
denied him his constitutional
rights by refusing to let him see
the contents of one of the sur-
veillance log sheets which the at-
torney general said would pre-
judice the national interest if
It is the first time the Supreme
Court has been asked to rule on
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the legal authority of the attorney
general to authorize the use of
electronic surveillance in national
security cases without prior court
Lawyers for the NAACP Legal
Defense Fund, Ali's attorney's.
said: "The powers of the executive
to authorize electronic surveillance
for the purpose of gathering for-
eign intelligence information must
..be exercised in accordanceI
with the Fourth Amendment
which requires a judicial determi-
nation of the reasonableness of
any government invasion of a
citizen's personal security."
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Pittsburgh 89 73 .549 -
Chicago 84 78 .519 5
New York 83 79 .512 6
St. Louis 76 86 .469 13
Philadelphia 73 88 .453 151
Montreal 73 89 .451 16
Cincinnati 10 s60 .630 -
Los Angeles 86 74 .538 15
San Francisco 86 76 .531 16
Houston 79 83 .488 23~
Atlanta 76 86 .469 26
San Diego 63 98 .391 38
Chicago 4, New York 1
Philadelphia 2, Montreal 1, 10 inn.
Pittsburgh 9, St. Louis 5
Cincinnati 4, Atlanta 1
Houston 5, San Francisco 4
Los Angeles at San Diego, inc.
Cleveland 76 86 .469
Washington 70 92 .432
Minnesota 98 64 .605
Oakland 89 73 .550
California 85 76 .528
Milwaukee 65 97 .401
Kansas City 65 97 .401
Chicago 56 105 .348
Detroit 1, Cleveland 0
Baltimore 3, Washington 2
Minnesota 4, Kansas City 0
Oakland 5, Milwaukee 4
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