But They Can't Beat Us: Oscar Robertson and the Crispus by Randy Roberts

By Randy Roberts

The Crispus Attucks highschool basketball groups of 1955 and 1956 made Indiana basketball heritage because the first all-black group to win a kingdom championship after which because the first undefeated crew ever to win the championship. the tale of Oscar Robertson’s commitment to the sport and of the unforgettable Attucks’s groups of the Nineteen Fifties are advised during this inspiring ebook that brings jointly race, pleasure, and fulfillment in the course of a severe time in Indiana and American historical past. released via activities Publishing Inc. and the Indiana historic Society.

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Then in 1948 Crispus Page 46 Attucks principal Russell Lane offered him a job as a high school teacher and assistant basketball coach.  Like Principal Lane and Athletic Director Alonzo Watford, Lyons had been well schooled in a benign brand of race relations. For them the end result of interracial athletic competition was social harmony.  Here, Lane might have thought, was a black man in touch with the realities of towns like Amo and Sheridan, comfortable in the crackerbox gyms of the countryside.

For them the end result of interracial athletic competition was social harmony.  Here, Lane might have thought, was a black man in touch with the realities of towns like Amo and Sheridan, comfortable in the crackerbox gyms of the countryside.  Athletes felt better about themselves— and Page 47 opponents respected them more—when they played hard and won. " It was a game of don'ts— don't showboat, don't argue, don't show aggression, don't be too good.  Next time we would be ready for any sort of game.

But even on those days Oscar and his friends usually elected to stay closer to home.  Even as a youth he studied the game, practicing moves by himself and accepting pointers from such players as Hallie Bryant and Willie Gardner.  And he loved to play, never really thinking about how good he was.  They watched and waited for him to reach Crispus Attucks.  Aunts, uncles, cousins, half cousins, grandparents, great­grandparents, great­great­ grandparents—his grandmother Pearly Bell insisted that he see everyone as soon as humanly possible.

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