Bret Ernst - Integration

Jones, Goldich, Ernst, Miyamoto Season 9, Ep 906 01/27/2006 Views: 9,407

Bret Ernst gives a history lesson on the integration of professional sports. (3:33)

WITH THE ATHLETES TODAY,PEOPLE HOLDING OUT.

BASEBALL PLAYERS USING STER-- WHAT THE HELL IS THAT?

USING STEROIDS MAN,THAT AIN'T NOTHING LIKETHE OLD SCHOOL--

REMEMBER THE OLD SCHOOL GUYS? THEY DIDN'T EVEN USE--

THESE GUYS WERE MEN. BABE RUTH HIT OVER 700 HOMERUNS

AFTER LIKE BANGING HOOKERSALL NIGHT, YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN?

THEY DIDN'T USE STEROIDS. BUT LIKE, YOU EVER SEE THOSE LIKE GAMES ON ESPN CLASSIC,

THOSE BLACK AND WHITE 1940 GAMES?

THEY'RE HYSTERICAL. 'CAUSE FIRST OF ALL,

LIKE ALL THE ANNOUNCERS TALK LIKE THIS. YOU KNOW.

AND THE GAMES WERESO UNHEALTHY BACK THEN.

YOU KNOW, IT'S LIKE, TODAY'S GAME IS BROUGHT TO YOU

BY LUCKY STRIKE CIGARETTES. LUCKY STRIKE CIGARETTES,

THE CIGARETTE OF THE PROFESSIONAL ATHLETE.

AND THE TEAMS BACK THEN DON'T EVEN EXIST ANYMORE.

"TODAY'S FOOTBALL CONTEST FEATURES

POUGHKEEPSIE VERSUS COOPERSTOWN."

AND EVERYBODY WAS IDENTIFIED BY RACE BACK THEN, TOO.

"STARTING FOR POUGHKEEPSIE,

"TOMMY 'THE BIG,DUMB POLLOCK ' ZAGOWSKI,

"A MOUNTAIN OF A MAN AT FIVE-TEN, 185 POUNDS."

AND THEY SHOW HIS PICTURE. HE'S LIKE--

[LAUGHTER AND APPLAUSE]

"AND ON OFFENSEFOR COOPERSTOWN,

"JIMMY 'THE DRUNK IRISH MIC' O'CONNELL.

I TELL YOU, THIS GUY-- WE GOT FOOTAGE OF HIM WORKING OUT."

AND OLD DUDES BACK THEN DIDN'T KNOW HOW TO WORK OUT.

- SO, THEY'RE LIKE DOING-- - [LAUGHTER AND APPLAUSE]

BUT LIKE WHEN BLACK PEOPLE HIT THE LEAGUE,

THEY COULDN'T EXPLAIN IT. WHEN BROTHERS HIT THE LEAGUE,

THEY REFUSED TO ADMIT THEY WERE GOOD.

IT WAS LIKE, "YOU KNOW JOE, TODAY'S GAME'S UNIQUE.

"IT'S GONNA FEATURE THE FIRST COLORED

"TO PLAY IN OUR PROFESSIONAL LEAGUES,

"WILLIE 'BLACKIE' JOHNSON WILL BE PLAYING FOR COOPERSTOWN.

"AND HE'S GONNA SHED SOME LIGHT ON THIS DEBATE.

"'CAN THE BLACK REALLY COMPETE

WITH THE WHITE SUPERIOR ATHLETE?'

"LET'S FIND OUT. HERE'S THE KICKOFF.

"AND BLACKIE GETS THE BALL. "HE'S AT THE 5, THE 10,

"THE 20, THE 30,THE 40, THE 50--

TOUCHDOWN, BLACKIE JOHNSON,HOLY COW, JOE."

AND JOE IS LIKE, "HE'S CHEATING, BILL. BLACKIE'S CHEATING.

"HE'S UP TO TOMFOOLERYAND SHENANIGANS.

"HE'S USING HIS BLACK SKIN TO REFLECT SUNLIGHT IN THE EYES

OF THE WHITE DEFENSIVE PLAYERS."

[LAUGHTER AND APPLAUSE]

"WELL, IT DIDN'T LOOK LIKE HE WAS CHEATING TO ME, JOE."

"WELL, I'LL TELL YOU BILL, THIS IS TWO-WAY FOOTBALL.

"WE KNOW BLACKIE CAN PLAY OFFENSE BUT CAN HE PLAY DE--

INTERCEPTION, BLACKIE JOHNSON."

BY THE END OF THE GAME,IT'S LIKE OKAY.

"OKAY, POUGHKEEPSIE, 7. COOPERSTOWN, 88.

"YOU KNOW, JOE, IT'S A SHAME SOMEONE SHOT BLACKIE JOHNSON

"IN THE BEGINNING OF THE FOURTH QUARTER.

HE COULDA HAD OVER 900 YARDS RUSHIN'."

"WELL, HE HAD IT COMIN' BILL,WITH HIS VOODOO.

"PLUS, I DIDN'T LIKE THE WAY HE WAS EYEIN' OUR CHEERLEADERS.

"HE WAS LOOKING AT THAT IRENE "BIG THIGHS" MAGILLICUTTI

LIKE A HUNGRY DOG EYEING A STEAK."

"OH JOE, CALM DOWN. A BEAUTIFUL WHITE GIRL

"WOULD NEVER DATE A BLACK PROFESSIONAL ATHLETE.

"THAT WOULD NEVER HAPPEN.

[LAUGHTER AND APPLAUSE]

"THAT CONCLUDES OUR GAME.

"AND MAKE SURE, YOU KNOW NEXT WEEK IS FAMILY NIGHT.

EVERY KID GETS A FREE PACK OF LUCKY STRIKE CIGARETTES."