tv Andrea Chamblee The Capital of Basketball CSPAN January 12, 2020 6:00pm-6:41pm EST
things that are big parts of the community the local newspaper is just as important. joe mcnamara reports on the things that we care about. our kids, our local teams and to celebrate that thank you to everybody for coming here. and she has shown tremendous bravery and what she has done for us. not only has she lost her soulmate that she had the courage to step up and stand up against the nra. she has been subjected to horrible things but was brave enough to stay in there to say we need to talk about these issues. but these things that are happening in our community
, it's a thing for all of us to tackle whether red or blue when these horrible things happen in our communities, not picking out democrats or republican republicans, causing heartbreak and devastation stood up for us on this issue so i want to thank her for that. [applause] and i also want to say what it must have taken how she could continue her husband stream with the passion and the love to make this event possible today annapolis thinks you and we love you and thank you.
>> next i would like to introduce a dear friend who work side-by-side now the edito editor, acting sports editor of the baltimore sun i have fond memories going to concert in the - - and his lovely wife. >> i had the distinct pleasure to be 23 years at the capital we shared a lot of good times and i can tell you he was one terrific guy and i cannot think andrea enough for what she has done to finish this book. i would just like to give a snippet about how researched it is man to be history buffs
and looking back at stuff. so when john was researching this book one thing that i kind of knew but not much about it but my dad was a sports writer for the baltimore sun for 30 years. so when we first moved down from new jersey his first big assignment for the said was to cover the memorial game which was in too upset at the time with kareem abdul-jabbar it was just a huge event and it was sold out. so when john was doing research saw my dad covered
the game to feverishly read and it was a treat to see what my dad had done 30 years ago. so i thought when i was reading john's book i thought i knew just about everything about this power memorial game. but just to show you what detail john puts into this book, he tells us in the book that the game was sold out and tickets were selling her scalping for more than the beatles concert which was at the same time. can you imagine the highest grossing rock and roll acts right now at a high school
basketball game and ticket selling more than that quickset gives you a rich perspective of how much high school basketball meant to washington and this book is just chock full of stuff like that it such a great history of washington dc. with school integration. and he tells a history of dc through high school football. is a terrific book and i cannot think andrea enough for finishing it. so i just thoroughly enjoyed reading it and anybody else that picks it up will just love it. [applause] >> there are a few seats if you are coming in later.
after covering the redskins for 30 years and now sports illustrated he would like to read a segment of the book. he would like to read a segment of the book. >> i met john sometime in the early eighties i can't say exactly when but we always seem to be on the sidelines together or basketball games together and if we had a class together i didn't say much. but to be tons of games together everybody like john probably the most popular sports writer in the area because you know everyone from baltimore and annapolis one of those rare triangles and it's
a grievous loss at how much i miss them a miss them because one in particular you might know it from the annapolis days and then was also a ballplayer. that you talk to bill mccaffrey? he never tells the truth about anything. [laughter] >> that's how it is everyday. but that was his passion and mine and i was actually the publisher and that was a great remembrance and said remember when john and i were at the fieldhouse and then said nobody's been down here
forever but then they also had classrooms above the parochial house which i.c.e. used to go through in summer school they were painted shut. it was crazy and the cold was our passion and that's why and he knew everything to the point but i would call john say who does this remind you of. he loved maryland basketball but that was the passion and high school ball so about five years ago john calls me and we are working on a book about high school basketball in late seventies and early eighties
and there are parts because i really enjoyed because we were both there i have written ten books now they are just torturous things to do. john took 12 years to write this book. the last conversation i had with john was three days before he passed it was about maryland basketball so with the 25 greatest athletes and then said he's not on the list. what are you talking about? and then said it doesn't belong. and he convinced me not to because there was a great high school career saw some of that
myself then that was it. he was dead. he didn't get a chance to do all these things. and t say wow i cannot believe he talked me out on this list pico but that is how he is. sell an old newspaperman like m me. and do it for popularity. and said hurry up and write this book. and then unfortunately everything happened so just a couple pages of john's book. so looking back to the segregation days. and john went back so the
research in this book is tremendous. but one thing in particular just to read a couple of pages because i thought it shared some great detail. so if you are following along on page number 38, armstrong coach watched baylor torture his team during the regular season. he employed a defense to shadow the city's best player. 's job was to stick close for him to get free. and then when baylor came into the area the primary responsibility. the coach said i have a job for you.
so much has been made although we try to downplay it but then he said he stopped himself or go for the record he scored 12 points including a three-point victory that's the only game baylor ever had. otherwise it's just miss one --dash missing a lot of shots. no matter what happened on that night in question. since the age of five he lived with the left arm that was a few inches longer and was known as the one armed bandit. by lacking left arm he learned to cope with this challenge. and also acknowledged as the best catcher in the city.
can't is not in my vocabulary i haven't had any problems doing anything. he was forced to practice on his own and with the up-and-coming player imagine seeing them on the plate - - on the playground one day to see the shoelace was untied. and then to say i can tie my own shoes if i need your help last four. peer and simple a reliable score and good enough to make the daily news as a senior. to quick and clever to play one side despite his handicapped. he would kick her he needed to go. and he was that good with the
ball. it was even approach was signing with the harlem globetrotters but the idea did not interest him. and then to have a one-time you are freak show already. and said he could have played professional but he never got the chance to he was no less noble behind the plate than on the basketball floor. jet magazine profile to explain how he got out of the catchers crouch he got between the neck and shoulder pulling the ball from midair. when they went to second base in a flash after a while the baserunner stopped to steal they didn't want to be embarrassed. so according to the daily news despite a special try out at the stadium they didn't even
get a nibble even though he was chosen as outstanding player and continues to play sand ball but never got the break that he longed for. everybody expected me to make the majors. but i could never get anybody to believe in me. and incredible amount of information was so well-written. it just showed his tenacity. and john and to talk about people to be a great sportswriter for so many reasons thank you all for coming. [applause] >> i found that jet magazine
meant on - - under his chin it wasn't very good qualities so it isn't there. there is a lot of stories thank you for choosing that passage. next is one of my favorite stories in the book eb henderson was the world's best basketball player when he was playing in the 19 hundreds and graduated from howard university of course he couldn't get drafted because he was african-american and then gave back to his community and transformed the sport of basketball
inner-city. and went to massachusetts to take a look at this new game that was a nine man passing only game. and together along with a circus performer that coached roosevelt and boxing the two of them transformed to the five-man game that we know of today known for its tenacious defense all because eb henderson and his grandson worked tirelessly and he brought some information about his grandfather and he is here today to talk about that. thank you. [applause]
>> first i would like to thank andrea i don't know how you working through your grief and finishing your husbands book how you did it is truly a profile in courage and i commend her. i wanted to come to the event in annapolis because eb henderson has a connection here and was part at highland beach maryland to incorporate which is a community here in not - - annapolis. and i would also like to correct to the point that it was my wife and i who worked tirelessly to get eb anderson into the hall of fame. and she is right here.
>> eb henderson i am his namesake in 19 oh four he went to harvard and went to the physical training curriculum to be certified. now booker t. washington went there as did teddy roosevelt for one summer but in order to get certified to teach you had to spend three summers and that's what my grandfather did in order to be certified he is the first male african-american certified to teach physical education in the united states.
actually he was encouraged to do that by another woman and anita turner who is also certified teacher of physical education in the dc public schools. so part of the curriculum in 19 oh four was the game of basketball so learning the fundamentals of basketball ther there, ironically that same year also basketball was an exhibition sport as the olympics. so we - - he brought basketball back to washington dc to teach it in the public schools to create teams to play against each other and what he also realized is there
were no african-americans that were trained to referee. so he helped to start the eastern board of officials so the games were official and then in 19 oh six he started the interscholastic at that on - - athletic association the first african-american athletic league in the united states. some people think new york has the first one. but the olympian league was started in 19 oh seven and beat them out by one year. in addition in 1910 commissioned by the dc colored schools to start and athletic league today is called dc interscholastic athletic association which also takes the name of his first league. in 19 oh seven he was kicked
out in washington dc where he and his brother-in-law went to watch a game of basketball they were told to get out. so he decided he would start a league and a championship. he went to new york to talk to conrad dorman who had teams there to start a championship so the african-americans would have a championship to aspire to. and after two years of losing that championship, he started the 12 story one - - street
ymca team so now in 2013 the week before he was to be inducted into the basketball hall of fame the washington post magazine printed this story and it. i don't know if some of you have seen it and was the captain of the team and the organizer of the team. and they played against atlantic city, new york, philadelphia and went undefeated with world championship.
but the last game that henderson played was christmas eve the night of his wedding. he and my grandmother wearable schoolteacher so they didn't have a lot of money so they took the opportunity to go to new york city where he would play a game and they would have their honeymoon but he also made a promise to his wife after they got married he would no longer play. so he concentrated on organizing and coaching and one of the pictures is the dunbar team in 1922 which
so i brought his ring from the hall of fame it doesn't have as many diamonds but it is big. [laughter] also february 2013 there was a flashback comic strip during the february before but it was a flashback comic strip about eb henderson and this is one of them. and patrick reynolds has done a lot about washington dc and is very famous cartoonist.
also better known as a writer. he wrote over 3000 letters to the editor that washington post an evening star and others and also wrote this article of the crisis of the colored college athlete. this was in the first year of the crisis magazine july 1911 in the crisis was started 1910. he's also known for african-american athletic participation and under the auspices of the interscholastic athletic association and this was in 1910 and it ran 1910 through
1913. and those contracts between the publishing company but it was also the first letter that said sure we will publish your annual and it won't cost a nickel and there were 30 pages of ads and sporting equipment. it was good advertising. then the last letter in 1914 stated we are unable to publish your annual this year because of the holliston - - hostility that exist in the nation. so with that i will end. i really want to thank andrea and john for honoring my
grandfather and my family by including them in this work. thank you very much. [applause] >> thank you to his family to be here to tell the wonderful story. some of john's best writing was personal. so these are the words so it is almost expected somebody talks about how the deceased would have loved to see everybody here today but i'm here to tell you my dad would have hated this. if they wanted to fuss nobody
wanted that was my dad. was not one of washington's elites or famous to grow up in the lower house of the green roof on the street. and to stand on his soldier on - - holders we can see the whole world. he wanted our worlds to be big and have choices so he pushed us to be curious and pursue our interest with a wide variety that life had to offer. so to help us to indulge our interest taking me to ball games, charlie cub scout hikes and then accompany jane on the high school ski trip or go there other things you'd rather be doing like tending to the gardening, but he sought to expand your horizons
and that is right across the office. and sought to make his own world bigger thought nothing about stopping by the local club these are men who made their living with their bodies instead of their mind. contained by the brooklyn bridge at one end i did not find out until recently that these men did not think much of academic pursuits but saw the hunger to go out in the world what was there but as you always did it around his own quiet way for what the world was doing.
i remember when i was 11 and 12 he was concerned we are watching too much television that our brains would turn to mush during summer. so he made us sit at the table after dinner to listen as he read aloud a chapter of tom sawyer every night. how quaint. how old-fashioned. but the gesture and what it said about the man stays with me to this day. even now as i pass a freshly painted fast - - fence i don't think of tom sawyer but tom mcnamara. he was always looking out for us one way or another trying to stoke our interest watched his shows on black-and-white tv so the kids can watch there is in color kept everything on course with the stomp a strong and steady hand. house and a mortgage and a government salary for
bedrooms, one.five bath and one telephone. i don't know how he managed. into those outside the family he appeared to be too cautious and i can see why. and he turned his back the inmates would be running the asylum and that is because i would've been the ringleader. i don't know where we found the one that she found the and endings left - - selflessness reserve. he never asked why and do i get what i want clicks at some level i hope he understood the good work he was doing. i remember once in high school i was up doing my homework late at the kitchen table. it was nearly 11:00 o'clock.
suddenly the phone rings and it was odd because it was so late. mom grabbed it and god and ashen look on her face. she held the phone toward my father and said its long distance from stockholm. dad paused put the broom down and announced happily i must have won the nobel prize. he didn't but he should have several times. i always remember him doing for us. one new york one - - one new year's eve i was out of the house they came home to borrow the car. i was headed to a high brow party with roving bartenders and fresh shrimp probably the kind my husband never attended in his life.
even though i was 21 he made me promise to call him i got back to my apartment. he said i will wait up. i asked him what you doing when i called? he said just doing the budget drinking the last of the champagne so it doesn't go to waste. like so many lessons he gave us god eventually. at some point i realized being someone special is it new year's eve or parties or invitations but sitting up long after everyone else has gone to bed with one light on in the house to make sure all the columns add up for another year of shoes and tuition and a week at bethany beach. now that i am in my fifties
people hear themselves say things or do things and they say oh my god i've become a father. i just smile politely and nod because i have a different thought problem. i'm afraid that i won't. [applause] thank you again for coming today. we will have questions from the audience. >> i'm from the 59 basketball team. [applause] everybody called me to tell me to be here.