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Response to cynatnite (Reply #7)

Mon May 7, 2012, 06:23 PM

16. "I tried to join a baseball team..."

I remember a "controversial" basketball game...(I graduated high school in 1971)

I remember a high-school basketball game (forgot which high school or where) when a girl went in to play. It was a boys' game and one team was losing dramatically. The winning team had one girl on the squad and she went in to play during the second half.

Anyway, the all-boys team walked off the court and refused to play. I believe the game was called but the winning team (with the girl) won by "forfeit." I believe it made the national news.

I had a good friend, a girl, in high school who I would stop by and visit every now and then (we discussed a variety of topics, but I particularly like talking about dating and the opposite sex--I would tell her about the girl I was smitten with and she'd tell me about the boy she had a crush on--it was refreshing to have a female's point of view). She asked me about this game (she was all for the girl playing). I really didn't have an opinion, but we discussed the event. I remember saying the losing team might have walked off the court because they were losing so badly and putting "a girl" in to play against them was adding insult to injury (don't forget, this was 1970 or 1971).

It was during a time when the old institutions were crumbling and change was occurring.

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