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The game that changed the world

The OC Register has a neat write-up on the game that broke segregation in CFB.

Dick Danehe doesn't lack for good stories.

As a radio and television personality in the 1950s, Danehe was so well-known that his name was a clue in a TV Guide crossword puzzle. The tall, strapping blond broadcaster was recognized on the street and received buckets of fan mail. President Eisenhower, a golf enthusiast, would request films of Danehe's show, "All Star Golf," before it aired Saturday nights.

It was 1970, and Danehe was on the radio team broadcasting USC football games. The season-opening road game wasn't just a game - USC would be the first fully integrated team to play against Alabama at Legion Field in Birmingham.

Danehe remembers a feeling of trepidation on the flight to the Deep South. Nearly a third of USC's team was black, including quarterback Jimmy Jones.

Although it was seven years after the National Guard was called in to escort two black students to enroll at the University of Alabama, integration had yet to reach the football field.

"It seems late, doesn't it?" Danehe says. "But Alabama had no black players."

Before the game, Danehe remembers Coach Paul "Bear" Bryant and his team marching around the stadium in their dark suits and crimson ties, Bryant wearing his trademark checkered cap. Each section of fans stood and applauded in turn.

But they wouldn't have much to cheer about after that.

This story has been told many times in other reads but it never gets old.  Take the time to read this article.

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