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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Sports Figures Who Stepped Up

Cultural critic Dave Zirin has just published "The John Carlos Story: The Sports Moment That Changed the World" See interview w Zirin by J.H. Tompkins. Made me think about other sports figures who rose to the occasion amid turbulent times ie Billie Jean King (women's rights, equal pay) Arthur Ashe (apartheid). And Sandy Koufax who gained Jewish "sainthood" by declining to pitch in the 1965 World Series game 1 because it was on Yom Kippur. And then there's the shame of Tiger Woods (BEFORE his car accident and domestic troubles), refusing to apply a morsel of his fame toward social progress. What a waste.

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