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Topic - Frank Howard
Hill is referred to as the "Jackie Robinson of Southern college football," and 50 years ago Tuesday, on Sept. 10, 1963, he knocked down one of the last remaining doors of discrimination in sports.
No, the good-natured Johnson isn't about to crack up. He's stuck in the same limbo as the rest of Washington, hounded by a question behind the self-deprecating humor that even the most advanced statistics or experienced manager can't answer. When will the Nationals hit consistently?
With the Yankees coming to town Friday night to start a series with the Nationals, the mind returns achingly to their last visit to play the Senators on Sept. 30, 1971 — truly a date that will live in local sporting infamy.
The numbers for Josh Hamilton are just mind-boggling.
Before his first home game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, manager Davey Johnson spent some time reflecting on his fond memories of the Washington, D.C. area.
Harmon Killebrew slept here. Sorry, but those words keep popping into my head as I ponder Washington's attachment to the Hall of Fame slugger, who died Tuesday at 74. Killebrew, after all, is in the D.C. Hall of Stars, along with Sammy Baugh, Red Auerbach and the rest. His passing, moreover, was much noted in the local media.
"I can remember watching the National Guard on television that year escorting African-American students on campus, and the [Clemson] coach, Frank Howard, said, "They can make us admit these Negros, but they can't make me play them on my team, nor will we play against teams with Negros or let them set foot in our football stadium.'"