|Appendix #7: Excerpts from Sources|
|Tuesday, 03 April 2012 21:42|
For those who are still reading this far into this work; I now wrap up my report on the BC/ Lou Montgomery affair with the texts of some of the sources I have used in performing my research.
p. 42. In discussing the late 1930s status of the Gentlemens' Agreement: "The guarded optimism that greeted the abandonment of the Gentlemens' Agreement by such southern universities as the University of North Carolina and Southern Methodist University was offset at the end of the 1930s by the continued racial exclusion practiced by several major northern and western colleges. Boston College, New York University, UCLA, and the University of California all tarnished their reputations by refusing to defend their African American players. BC's flagrant mistreatment of halfback Lou Montgomery on six occasions when playing southern teams was especially egregious, as the school withheld him from more games than any other football player in the annals of the Sport. An outstanding multi-sport athlete at Brockton (MA) High School, Montgomery joined a group of other local stars who decided as a group to compete for BC. The first black football player at the school, Montgomery started on the 1937 freshman team, but saw only limited action in his first varsity season the following year, under outgoing coach Gil Dobie. In 1939 new coach Frank Leahy............... installed a new, wide-open offense ................which was perfectly suited to exploit the talents of the 5'7", 150 lb Montgomery and passing quarterback Charlie O'Rourke
In recognition of BC's new status, the Cotton Bowl extended to the school an invitation to play in its Jan. 1, 1940 classic against Clemson in Dallas. This honor constituted a major milestone for Boston College, since it marked the first time that the Eagles had ever been invited to a postseason game.
"SPORT AND THE COLOR LINE BLACK ATHLETES AND RACE RELATIONS IN TWENTIETH CENTURY AMERICA"
Patrick Miller and David K. Wiggins. Routledge NY & London. 2004 " (1939) The Cotton Bowl Committee denied Lou Montgomery, the black star running back for Boston College, the right to play in the Bowl game in Dallas against Clemson. BC, Clemson University, and the Cotton Bowl Committee honored the Jim Crow tradition in collegiate sports against having an interracial game if one of the parties involved objected. In this case, the Cotton Bowl Committee and Clemson University raised said objection. BC consented, leaving Montgomery at home when the team ventured to Dallas."
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