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POST-GAZETTE, SEPTEMBER 26, 2014 Page 3 POST-GAZETTE Pamela Donnaruma, Publisher and Editor 5 Prince Street, P.O. Box 130135, Boston, MA 02113 617-227-8929 617-227-8928 FAX 617-227-5307 e-mail: Website: Subscriptions in the United States $35.00 yearly Published weekly by Post-Gazette, 5 Prince St.; P.O. Box 130135, Boston, MA 02113 USPS 1538 - Second-Class Postage paid at Boston, MA POSTMASTER: Send address changes to the POST-GAZETFE - P.O. Box 130135, Boston, MA 02113 James V. Donnaruma Caesar L. Donnaruma Phyllis F. Donnaruma 1896 to 1953 1953 to 1971 1971 to 1990 Vol. 118 - No. 39 Friday, September 26, 2014 OUR POLICY: To help preserve the idealS and sacred traditions of this our adopted country the United States of America: To revere its laws and inspire others to respect end obey them: To strive unceasingly to quicken the public's sense of civic duty: In all ways to aid in making this country greater and better than we found it. Whose Nation was Red Sex Nation? by Sal Giarratani As I read the Boston Globe this past Sunday, I took my time reading "Memories Still Haunt Harper," Septem- ber 21 st. It was time for Tommy Harper to put it all out there for all to read. What he relayed, most of us already knew, about the ugliness of Tom Yawkey's reign with the Red Sex and Fenway Park. As a baby boomer, I spent most of my childhood only hearing about how good the Red Sex once were. For me, it was a long drought of horrible losing seasons with teams so tattered they should have been down in Triple A some- whei-e, anywhere but Fenway. It was painful being a Red Sex fan back then. This was long before Red Sex Nation was born. There were a few bright moments like Dick Radatz on the mound or Tony Congiliaro at bat, but even that one went so wrong too. I was at Fenway on September 28, 1960, sitting in the right field grandstand when Ted Williams hit his final home run in his final at-bat in his career. The Williams Era had ended, yet the sad era of how Mrican American ballplayers were treated apparently was still very much alive. I had heard the stories how Jackie Robinson got a Red Sex tryout, but was sent on his way to a great career with the Brooklyn Dodgers and the Hall of Fame. I also heard about the alleged decision not to even give Willie Mays a tryout. In 1959 at age 11, I remember when Pumpsie Green was brought up as the first Black player in Sex history, but the last in the American League to do so. I remem- ber Earl Wilson who came up a few months later. I didn't even realize at the time I was watching history being made. However, what really hit me in the Harper piece on Sunday was how he had to endure so much because of his skin color. I don't know how he hung in there so long over the years. Other players would have been filled with anger over the racist climate of the times and seem- ingly Boston's ball club too. I remember Reggie Smith and the reaction he received in the sports press for speaking out. Smith was called an angry Black man, but he had a lot to be angry about. Harper's memories are too important not to be shared. If we don't remember our past, it could repeat. We need to learn all the lessons we can to ensure that the future is brighter for all no matter the skin color, ethnicity or gender. After reading all that Tommy Harper had to live with on a daily basis with the Red Sex, a lesser man might be (Continued on Page 15) FRANKFORT STREET BLOCK PARTY by Sal Giarratani Gina and Jack Scalcione enjoy dancing in the street. All the "worker bees" lined up by the grill and serving area, their efforts were well appreciated. Last Saturday, Frankfort Street from Gove to Maverick Streets was blocked off for a grand Frankfort Street Block Party sponsored by Jack and Gina Scalcione in appreciation to Rep. Carlo Basile for all his hard work for all of East Boston. The fun, food, music, kiddie games and face painting was made that much more enter- taining by the great weather enjoyed by all. Over 150 folks showed up for all the fun. Everyone gathered around Representative Carlo Basile for this shot. North Shore Music Theatre Presents Chicago For tickets call 978-232-7200, visit, or visit the box office in per- son at 62 Dunham Rd., Beverly, MA. Through October 5 th Anywhere else murder would be a crime, but in CHICAGO, it is the quickest route to fame. In the acclaimed jazz-age, Bob Fosse musical, murderesses Velma Kelly and Roxie Hart compete not just for headlines, but with the help of their slick lawyer Billy Flyrm, for a lasting moment in the spotlight. Based on Maureen Dallas Watkins' 1927 play of the same name. The 1996 revival of CHICAGO opened to rave reviews, won six Tony Awards, and, still running today, is the longest running revival, and third longest running show in Broadway history. CHICAGO features a score by legendary Broadway Bahiyah Hibah (Velma) with the ensemble songwriting team of John Kander and Fred of North Shore Music Theatre's production Ebb and includes such hit songs as "All That of CHICAGO running through October 5 th. Jazz," "Mr. Cellophane" and "Razzle Dazzle." (Photo Paul Lyden) LETTERS POLICY The Post-Gazette invites its readers to submit Letters to the Editor, Letters should be typed, double-spaced and must include the writer's name, address and telephone number. Anonymous letters are not accepted for publication. Due to space considerations, we request that letters not exceed two double-spaced, type-written pages. This newspaper reserves the right to edit letters for style, grammar and taste and to limit the number of letters published from any one person or organization. Deadline for submission is 12:00 noon on the Monday prior to the Friday on which the writer wishes to have the material published. Submission by the deadline does not guarantee publication. Send letter to: Pamela Donnaruma, Editor, The Post-Gazette, P.O. Box 130135, Boston, MA 02113