Major piece for tomorrow's NYT on a subject few remember today: It was just 50 years ago that the NFL became fully intergrated--when Bobby Mitchell joined the Washington Redskins, the last team to accept a black player. Think about that -- two years after JFK elected, and almost 15 years after Jackie Robinson made the baseball big leagues.
I remember it well, because as a Cleveland Browns fan I was upset that Bobby, then a halfback (only later a flanker), was traded, but happy to see him breaking the barrier in D.C. Still, amazing that there are today teams named "Redskins" and "Indians" and "Braves" (with their "tomahawk chop" and war chants).
Saturday, October 6, 2012
Only Half a Century Ago
is author of a dozen books (click on covers at right), including the new "THE TUNNELS: Escapes Under the Berlin Wall and the Historic Films the JFK White House Tried to Kill." He was the longtime editor of Editor & Publisher. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Twitter: @GregMitch