By Anthony McClean, Editor In Chief Emeritus NEW HAVEN (BASN) —...
NCAA Baseball Championship
NCAA BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIP “FEATURES” ALL WHITE TEAMS
2006 NCAA CHAMPIONS OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY
the State of Sports in America
for African Americans
Worst of All
The NCAA Baseball Championships referred to as the College World Series just ended Monday night with the Oregon State University Beavers playing the North Carolina University Tar Heels in a 3 game series for the Title.
Oregon State won
To claim the Championship. It is a massive championship series that begins with 64 teams chosen and competing. In its far less celebrated way it rivals the NCAA Basketball Championships. The comparison ends there.
At the NCAA Basketball Championships the majority of collegiate players mesmerizing the nation in early spring are African American. The contrast with NCAA Baseball could not be Greater. In total among all 64 teams competing there were only a very very small handful of Black players.
Most telling of All
was the Championship Series
Oregon & North Carolina
There was NOT even One African American on either Roster nor any among the coaching staffs of either team. The Oregon State Beavers have a 43 player roster and 5 coaches. The North Carolina Tar Heels 30 players on their roster and 6 coaches. In total on the Field for the College World Series and filling the two Dugouts were 84 individuals ALL White.
What does that Say
We are not going to waste even one moment detailing the games or the players or exactly how the Beavers beat the Tar Heels 2-1 to win this World Series. It would be nothing but a Complete Insult to our Audience to give such detail to a Lily White Sports Event. The very kind of sports event that should NOT be taking place in these United States here in 2006.
The very first College World Series took place in June 1947 in Kalamazoo, Michigan, California playing Yale for the Championship. 1947 the very same year Jackie Robinson integrated Major League Baseball. Now 59 years later at the College World Series there are NO Black players, NO Black coaches.
Anyone who thinks
we are NOT Regressing
as a Nation in Sports is
Anyone who thinks
the NCAA is seriously
interested in Integration
and Inclusiveness is
A Bigger Fool
The least we can do is make use of today’s Box to honor one African American from Oregon State University. Carrie Beatrice Halsell. The first African American to ever graduate from Oregon. As she did in 1926. Currently a new dormitory is being built on the Campus that will be named in her Honor. OSU would do much better in honoring her memory pledging NEVER again to field a baseball team that does not have one African American on its Roster. Don’t bet on it.
MS. Halsell’s graduation photo is below.
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CARRIE BEATRICE HALSELL FIRST AFRICAN AMERICAN GRADUATE OREGON STATE 1926