BLACK CHAMPIONS OF THE GRIDIRON: O.J. Simpson and Leroy Keyes by A. S. Doc Young

BLACK CHAMPIONS OF THE GRIDIRON: O.J. Simpson and Leroy Keyes

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A drab performance that reduces the Heisman Trophy winner and-runner-up to a morass of statistics. Why, being black, they became athletes, is attributed to playing .ball instead of cowbOys and Indians as kids, to impending poverty as a goad; why, as blacks, one supported the Olympic boycott and one didn't, is set down as a difference in methods. The slight glimpse of the two growing, up comes off as a coverup (all misbehavior, however anti-social, is called ""mischievous,"" a stodgy term to begin with). The bulk of the-book, however, consists of a run down of the 1967 season, a complete record of the part each played in the 1968 contests -- but without the excitement or suspense of a real recreation. Much is made of the Heisman Trophy, and, in conclusion, of speculation re their 1969 salary figures.. The extensive appendix includes the record of each, a list of their teammates at USC and Purdue, a list' of previous Heisman winners, etc. They're figure-ative champions, washed-out blacks.

Pub Date: Oct. 15th, 1969
Publisher: Harcourt, Brace & World