tv Andrea Chamblee The Capital of Basketball CSPAN December 8, 2019 1:04pm-1:46pm EST
of sports reporter john mcnamara who was killed in a massive shooting last year will talk about her late husband's life and posthumously published book on the history of basketball in the nation's capital and later john hopkins university stewart schrader will discuss how policing in the us has been transformed by what the government has learned from its support of efforts since the cold war. at 3:00 p.m. eastern, andrew pollack, father of the student killed in the shooting at marjorie stoneman high school in parkland, florida, will offer his thoughts on school safety and guns. check your program guide for more information. spiegelman's get started >> we are lucky to have the mayor here and he will start us off with a few words. thank you. >> welcome, everyone. [applause]. i am honored to be here.
i wanted to say a couple of words about the triumph of the human spirit. and a talk to you a bit about andrea's bravery and talk to you about what to john gave to this community. i say this all the time, we have to fight for our local newspaper, for local journalism. when we lament losing a hardware store or bakery or things that are in big parts of the community, our local newspaper is just as important. john mcnamara reported on the things we care aboutis. he cared about our kids, cared about our local teams and obviously in his book he celebrates that by talking about there is nothing better than a local basketball game, which i agree with 100%. i also want to thank everyone for coming here i think andrea has a
shown tremendous bravery in what she has done for us. not only has she lost her soulmate, but she has had the courage to step forward and stand up against the nra. she has been subjected to horrible things throughout that process, but she was brave enough to stand there and say we need to talk about these issues, these kind of violent things happening in our community are nonpartisan. it is a thing for us all to tackle whether you are red or blue, old or young, when these horrible things happen in our communities they are not seeking out democrats or republicans.ck they are causing heartbreak and devastation in our communities and she has stood up for us andrt stood up on this issue, so i want to thank her for that. [applause]. i also want to say what
it must have taken in this face of all that to deliver on this book, how she could continue her husband's dream and the passion and the love that is shown by continuing this and making this event possible today, so thank you all for coming. i think you and we love you all, thank you. [applause]. >> thinks. next i would like to introduce a dear friend, jerry jackson who walk-- worked side-by-side with john and now he's the sports editor of the baltimore sun-- acting sports editor of the baltimore sun. i have fond memories of going to springsteen concert with that jerry and lovely wife and i'm grateful he is here today. [applause].
>> hi, everybody. i had the distinct pleasure of my desk having abided john's for 23 years at the capital, so we shared a lot of good times and i can tell you he was wanted terrific guy and i cannot think andreame enough for the work she has done to finish his book. i would like to give you a little snippets about the book and how well researched it is. i mean, most of us who are in sports are really sort of history buffs. we like the trivia and you know looking back at stuff, so when john was researching this book, one thing i kind of knew , but didn't know much about it was my dad was a sports writer for the baltimore sun for 30 years and when he first moved down from new jersey, his first big
assignment for the sun was to cover that the math versus paulo memorial game, which was you know those sort of put the mat of basketball on the map. it was a huge events. it was sold out w. so, when john was doing the research he saw my dad had covered the game and would bring me in the clips. you know feverishly read all of them and it was a treat to get to see something that my dad had done 30 years ago. so, i thought i knew just about when i was reading john's book i thought i knew just about everything about this famouss r power memorial game, but just
to show you a little bit of what detail john puts into this book is he tells us in the book that the game was sold out and tickets were selling-- scalping for more than the beatles concert, which was at the same time, so we-- can you imagine one of the highest versions you know rock 'n roll acts right now and high school basketball game tickets selling for more than that, so kind and gives you a little bit of-- gives you this rich perspective of how much high school basketball meant to washington and this book is just chock-full of stuff like that. it's such a great history of washington dc. it goes into integration, school integrationshon any sort of tells the history of dce
through high school basketball, so it's a terrificth book and i you know can't think andrea enough for finishing it. i thoroughly enjoyed reading it and i think anyone else that picks it up will love it. [applause]. >> think you. there are a few seats for those of you coming in later. next is rick snyder who also worked with jon this cover the redskins for 30 years or more and now it's a sports illustrated and he would like to read a segment oo the book. [applause]. >> think you. my notes are on a phone now. i met john sometime in the early '80s and i can't exactly say when, but only that we always
assumed it to be on the sidelines together of the basketball games. we were at maryland at the same time and probably had a class together. it's been so long ago that i don't remember muchclbe, but john and i were at tons of games together and everyone liked john. i think he was probably the most popular sports writer among the sports writers in the area because he knew everyone from baltimore and washington and annapolis, one of the rare triangles we had here and it's been a grievous loss every time i see his picture on tv. it to just hits me and how much i miss him and i missed him when i was reading the book because looking three-- three things and one in particular he quoted bill mccaffrey bill is a great guy, legislator that new sports inside and out and was also involved flour-- player. i left and i wanted to pick up the phone and say john, you talk to bill mccaffrey. he never told the truth
about anything, so that's just how it is every day you want to call him up, but we talked to her father time. that was passion and mine. we started watching in the early 70s. i was the publisher of john's code classic book where we got it together and that was a great remembrance. we were talking about kids and i go remember when you and john and were down in the bottle -- bottom of the fieldhouse i crack you know being one of or something and you thought no one had been down there forever. there were also classrooms above the fieldhouse which i used to have two ghost two in summer school when the windows were painted shut ugo. it was crazy, but it was our passion and i think that's why i went to maryland. may have been why john went. he knew everything to
the point that i knew a lot about maryland basketball, but i would call john and st. john, who does this remind you of and we would talk about things. he loved to maryland basketball. i wish he could of been around this year, but that was john's real passion was that an high school ball, so about five years ago john called me and asked me a question about high school ball and we talked about it and i said what you doing and he goes on working on a book about high school basketball. gni both covered things in the late 70s early '80s. there's a lot of parts in the book that i enjoyed because we were both of their. it's went on and on and i have written 10 books now peer they are torturous of things to door and john i think took 12 years to write this book, i mean, last conversation i had with john was a few days before he passed. it was about maryland basketball. he was doing a piece
about the 25 greatest athletes. i said what you think-- [inaudible] he said he doesn't belong. this is a guy who loves maryland basketball, but he loved to journalism and the truth more and he convinced me not to put him on the list because i had to agree when had a great high school career. i saw some of it myself. you know, two or three great years at maryland and that was it, he was a dead. he didn't get a chance to be that great pro and that was john's point and i just thought i can't believe john talked me out of lynn bias on this list, but that's how he is your key was old newspaper man like me. we don't do it for the money. we sure don't do it for popularity, you know, but we do it because we love it and at the very
end i said hurry up and write this book. he said i have one chapter to go and unfortunately everything happened. i'm going to read a couple pages of john's book so i don't sound like i'm stuttering all the time, but what i really loved about the book was when he went back in the 50s and in the segregation case. i heard about baylor a lot, but obviously i wasn't old enough to see him play and a john went back and did all the teams back like 1906 didn't know they had basketball than. john wood-- the research in this book was tremendous, but he fleshed out one chapter in particular that i want to read a couple pages of because i thought it showed the great detail but he was into. page 38-- sounds like church. he has this part about armstrong coach charles baltimore watched 444
and 45 points during the regular seasonam. he had to change tactic and employed a defense against baylor to shadow-- utter the city's best player. his job was to stay closela to make it difficult for him to get free. help came from teammates when baylor came into the area area but the primary response ability rested with me and coach said i have a job for youe. if baylor goes to the bathroom i want you to follow him. okay. not today, betty. much has been made over the years of may's performance that night although mace tried to downplay it. i didn't stop him, he stopped himself. for the record may scored 12 points himself. as the only bad game baylor ever had. he was missing a lot of shots. ultimately weather may stopped baylor was immaterial maze was an incredible story in its
own right, no matter what happened on the night. since the age of five, when he was hit by next and then all discharge of some shotgun pellet he has lived with the left arm a few inches long. in time he became known as the one armed bandit or just me and it. by lacking a left arm hardly hindered him on the basketball court where he learned to cope with his challenge or the baseball field where he was acknowledged as the best catcher the city. can't is not in my vocabulary, he said. i'm never had any problems doing anything. he had a hell of a time convincing some folks as he was forced to practice on his own as a use because no one picked him for pickup james. willie jones remembered seeing him on the playground monday and noticed his a shoelace was on tide. here, let me get up for you bending over to help meza whacked him on the top of the head with his damaged limb shouting i
can tie my own shoes and if i need your help i will ask for it. he did not need anyone's help and he did not want their pity. a tenacious dependent-- defender he was good enough to make second team in the daily news as a senior. he was clever. he would spin and twist while handling the ball and get where he needed to go. i could see where they were trying to do that had no problems he said. you are wasting your time overplaying him he recalled, he was back at the ball. at one point maze was approached about siding with the harlem globetrotters o, but that i did didn't interest him. he did not like the clowning part of it. if you only have one arm , you are a freak show already. he wanted to play the same as everyone else. he also declared a played professional baseball, but he didn't get the chance. a 1955 jet magazine profile explained how he
would toss the ball in the air as he got out of his catchers crouch, flip off his glove between his neck and shoulder and pluck the ball from midair catching the bottle-- the ball in the middle of his throwing motion and whip it down to second base. after a while baserunners stopped trying to steal from himd maze could hit, also betting 6751 season according to the daily news. homered through everyone out who tried to run on him despite a special tryout. he didn't even get a nibble from the scouts on hand even though he was chosen as the events outstanding player. he continued to play sandoval lot in the adult league but never-- never got the break he longed for. i did everything in my heart to make it, but i could never get anyone to believe in me. incredible amount of information there, so well-written and it just
showed a john's tenacity looking for it. no wonder it took them so long to write the book. that's an antidote that i had never even heard up and john digging. that's what he did. he liked it to write, find details and talk about people. he was a great sports writer for so many reasons and so many reasons why we all miss him. thank you all for coming [applause]. >> thank you. i found that jet magazine picture of gary maze throwing the ball in the air, throwing his mitts under his chin and catching the ball had throwing it. i wanted to use it in the book but it was old and not particularly good quality so that there, but he really was an amazing person. i think if it's spike lee gets a hold of this story there's lots of good stories to tell.
thank you for choosing that passage. next is one of my c favorite stories in the book, dd henderson was probably the world's best basketball player at the time he was playing in the early 1900ss. he graduated with a phd from howard university and he couldun not-- he was african american. he could not get a job coaching white kids so he gave back to his community 100% and transformed the sport of basketball in our.ort of yuan to massachusetts to talk to-- [inaudible] that was a nine man passing only game and it together with maurice joyce, a circus performer who coached president roosevelt in the boxing, but two of them transformed the nggame to the time--
five-man dribbling game we know today for dc is known for its tenacious h all becausetenacious doctor ed henderson, his grandson worked to get him in the hall of fame and was successful and he brought some information about his wonderful grandfather and his here today to talk about that, thank you. [applause]. >> first come i like to think andrea, i don't know how working through your grief and finishing your husbandss book, how she did it, but it's 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 in and that he was part of a
committee at highland beach, maryland, that marched to the capital to incorporate the town of highland beach, which is a community here in annapolis and i would also like to correctna the point that it was my wife and i who worked tirelessly to get eb henderson into the basketball hall of fame and she is right here with my sister. [applause]. eb henderson, my grandfather, i am his namesake. in 1904, he went to harvard. he went to the physical training curriculum there to be certified to teach physical education
now, booker t. washington went there as a did teddy 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 and he was the first male african-american to be certified to teach physical education in the united states. he was actually encouraged to do that by another-- a woman, and need a turner who was also a certified teacher of physical education in the dc public schools.ce when eb henderson went to harvard part of the curriculum in 1904 was the game of basketball and so he learned the fundamentals of basketball there and
ironically as same year also basketball was an exhibition sport at the st. louis olympics. so, he brought basketball back to washington dc had started teaching at in the public schools creating teams that played against each other and what he also realized was that there were no african-americans that were trained to referee, so he hoped to start the eastern border of officials so that the games would be official and in 1906 he started the interscholastic athletic association, which was the first african-american athletic league in the united statesas. some people think in new york had the first one,
but the olympian league of new york was started in 1907 so he beat them out by one year. in addition to that in 1910, he was commissioned by the school board for the dc colored schools to start an athletic league, so we started that psa l, public school athletic league.school athletic today it's called the dc interscholastic athletic association, which is also the name of his first league, but in 1907 he was kicked out of the ymca in washington dc, the central ymca where he and his brother-in-law went to watch a game of basketball and they were told to get out and he
was still they would start a league and he started a championship. he went to new york and talk to george lattimore and conrad norman who had teams there to start a championship between the teams of washington dc and the teams of new york city, so the african-americans would have aer championship to aspire to. after two years of losing-- dc losing a championship he started the 12 street ymca team or rather the washington 12th streeters. now, in 2013, the week that-- or the week before he was to be inducted into the basketball hall of fame the "washington post" magazine printed this a story and that. i don't know if some of you might have seen it but eb henderson is
there in the middle holding the basketball. he was the captain of the team and the organizer of the team. they played against all the teams, atlantic city , new york. there was a team in philadelphia, to think they would undefeated and claimed college basketball world championship, world championship, mind you. on the last game that eb henderson played, it was christmas eve, the night of his wedding. he had my grandmother, maryellen henderson, you know they were old school teachers in washington dc so they didn't have a lot of money, so they took the opportunity to go to new york city where he would play the game and they
would have their honeymoon, but he also made a promise to his wife that after they got married he would no longer play. so, he retired from the game and concentrated more in organizing and coaching and one of the pictures of scurlock collection is this picture of the dunbar team in 1922, which includes drew, charles drew, the pioneer-- yeah , blood plasma and blood banks. charlie was his daughter so, he spent the rest of his career, 50 years in the dc colored schools
coaching and as the head of the washington dc colored school recreation and athletic department. so, he was an itinerant that went around to all of the schools and whatnot. let me see, i brought a couple of things here. i did bring his ring from the hall of the fame. it's not as elaborate of the championship ring. it doesn't have as many diamonds, but it is big. brought a couple of pictures. also, in february of 2013 when he was going to be inducted there was a flashback comics strip
series during the february before-- i don't know what day it came out. i don't remember, but weakly there was a flashback comics strip about eb henderson and this is one of them. that is done by flashbacks, patrick reynolds. he's done a lot about washington dc and he's a very famous cartoonist. eb henderson was also better known as a writer actually read over 3000 letters to the editor to the "washington post", evening the star and others and he also wrote this article here in the crisis about the colored college athlete and this was in the first year of the crisis magazine dated july, 1911, and
the crisis was started in 1910. he's also known for the first chronicling of african-american athletic participation in this handbook which was under the office sees of his athletic league, interscholastic athletic association published by spalding and this was in 1910. it ran from 1910 through 1913. i have all of the contractsom that were signed including letters between the american sports publishing company and it was also the first letter in 1908 said sure, we will publish your annual and it won't cost you a nickel that's because it had about 30 pages of ads of sporting equipment in itself was good advertising for
them and the last letter in 1914, stated we are unable to publish or annual this year because of the hostilities that exist in our nation. apparently, it was published in england. work with her that i will in and i really want to thank andrea and a john for honoring my grandfather and my family by including him in this work. so, thank you very much. [applause]. >> thank you and thank you to his family for being here and telling his wonderful story.
some of john's best writing was personal and i included this in the audiobook as an extra. it's not about basketball, but i think it tells a lot about john and i wanted to read it today. so, these are his words at his father's funeral three years ago. it's almost expected that-- but it will talk about the deceased would have loved to see everyone here today, but i'm here to tell you my dad would've hated this. if they were ever a guy who never wanted a fuss made over him, it was my dad. why would anyone make a fuss over him, he wasn't one of washington's elite, not famous or wealthy, he had to those of us who grew up in the yellow house with the green roof on a street called bowls run there was no one more important. because we stood on his shoulders, we could see the whole world. that's because he gave the best gift of all.
he wanted our world to be big. he wanted us to choices, so he pushed us to be curious, to pursue our interests, to experience a wide variety that life had to offer. to help us indulge our interest taking me too ball games, going to charlie's cub scout hikes, a company need jane on her high school ski trip. yet thinks he would probably rather do that like reading or tending to the garden work reading, but he sought to expand our horizons always volunteering to take us to lunch if we would come down to the museum, which was right across his office and a gw. he sought to make his own world bigger. he grew up in brooklyn, of course, surrendered by men who thought nothing of stopping by the local pub on the way home from work who arrived home with sore backs ads-- callused hands, men that made their living with her
body rather than their mind, men whose world was contained by the brooklyn bridge at one end and another bridge at the other. i didn't find out until recently, these men in his life didn't think much of his academic pursuits or could they thought his hunger to go into the world and find out what was there was a silly. as he always did, he went about his business and his own quiet way, never minding what the rest of the world was doing. i remember one summer when i was 11 or 12, he grew concerned we were watching too much television that our brains were turning to mush during the 10 weeks idol summer.he 10 weeks he made us sit at the table after dinner and a listen as he read aloud a chapter of tom sawyer every night, how stayed, how quaint, how old-fashioned, but the gesture and what is said about the man stays with me too this day even now
as i pass a freshly painted fence i think not of tom sawyer, but of tom mcnamara. he was always looking out for us one way or the other jerk he tried to stoke our interest. he ate the leftovers, watched it shows on black-and-white tv so the kids could watching color and he kept everything on course with his strong steady hand. he had a house, a mortgage, a wife and a government salary and also had seven children, four bedrooms, one and a half baths and one telephone. i don't know how he managed. and if to those outside the family and occasionally inside it he appeared to be a bit too cautious, i could see why. if he let his guard down for a moment come if he turned his back the inmates would have running the asylum and the reason i know that, ladies and gentlemen,kn is
because i would have been the ringleader. i don't know where he howled that-- on the un- and need reserve of selflessness he possessed. as long as i knew he never asked what do-- what do i get what i want. at some level i hope he understood the good work he was doing and seen us succeed made him happy. i remember once cool night in high school i was up late doing my homework, nearly 11:00 p.m. and my dad was sweeping the floor while mom was cleaning up the kitchen. suddenly the phone rang -- on because it was so late. mom grabbed it and got a national look on her face. she held the phone away from her reports my father and said it's a long-distance call for you from stockholm. dad paused for a minute, gently put the brim down, reached up his pants and announced happily i must have won the nobel prize. he didn't, but he should
have several times. i just always remember him doing for us there was one new year's eve when i was in college. i came home to borrow the car-- it was to take me out, by the way. i was headed to a party, jackets, ties, roping bartenders, the whole works. it was probably the kind of party my husband never attended in his life. nevus to say i thought he was pretty hot stuff getting to go to a soirée like this. even though i was 21 or 22 by then he made me promise i would call him when i got back to my apartment. i will be up, he said, remembering my promise i called him when i got home. what are you doing i asked him, just going over the budget. i'm drinking the last of the champagne so doesn't go to waste. it took me a while to realize it, but like
some new lessons he gave as i got it eventually. at some point, i came to realize that being someone special wasn't about parties or invitations or new year's eve, it's about sitting up long after everyone else has gone to bedti with one lone light on in the house and making sure all the call and sat up the little great notebook for another year of shoes and a tuition and a week at bethany beach. now that i'm in my 50s, love my friends here themselves say things or do thingss and they say my gosh, i have become my father. i just smile and nod. of a different problem i afraid i will-- won't. thank you again for coming today.
we are happy to take questions from the audience about basketball. would you mind coming up to the microphone so everyone can hear cracks --? >> i'm joe barnes, one of the cards on the 59, 60 carol basketball team >> thank you. bob wire was your coach scenic 1958, summer, and hitting tennis ball on the wall in brooklyn. car pulls up, or what boyd gets up, first black nba player. he said what's going on in the next car pulls up in elgin baylor gets up for what's going on, next car pulls up, wilt chamberlain gets out. what's going on. come to find out, there was an nba meeting in washington dc, ratchet
lived around chevy chase circle and the black eyes could not play at chevy chase playground, so he told everyone to show up-- [inaudible] so, they games got started. jack from mount st. mary's showed up in my teammate tom hoover showed up, georgia showed up, my teammate who became president of notre dame was there, so we went five on five and that was 1958. [applause]. >> thank you. any other questions? comments cracks okay.
good question. this usually takes is some thought. i could see absurdities of today which is on my facebook page is a lot of these events start off with showing the footage of the annapolis capital the day of the shooting may have been wearing me down more than i ever expected, but today i feel like i am in a cocoon of the people of annapolis and the people that love a basketball and people who want our world to be better and all of the bad things can melt away for this hour, so thank you very much. [applause].
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