Globe Omits Reading’s Racist History vs. Bill Russell

November 16, 2018

The racist elements of Reading, Mass. are at it again, as the Boston Globe’s Cristela Guerra reported on Page One yesterday.

Reading’s new struggle with an old evil

More than 30 incidents of racist, anti-Semitic graffiti have been reported since May 2017, school officials say

READING — Nearly every day, teachers at Reading Memorial High School scan their classrooms carefully, sweeping their eyes across floors and furniture — in search of swastikas.

In this school of more than 1,200 students, the Nazi symbol and other racist graffiti have become a haunting presence, surfacing again and again, defacing bathroom stalls and stairwells, scrawled on bench legs, carved into railings around the high school.


But the Globe piece on the “old evil” overlooked the evilest incident of racism in Reading’s history: The vile attacks on Celtics great Bill Russell when he lived there during the 1950s.

From the Globe’s own Adam Himmelsbach’s 2017 piece Why was Boston Garden nearly empty when Bill Russell’s number was retired in 1972?

After Russell joined the Celtics in 1956, he became the city’s first black star athlete. Although he emerged as a sports icon, his status made him a more visible target. His home in the mostly white suburb of Reading was once broken into and vandalized, with a racial epithet spray-painted on the walls.


For some reason, Himmelsbach left out the worst part: The vandals also defecated on Russell’s bed.

Memo to Boston Globe and Boston Herald editors: When covering the Reading disgrace, remember Bill Russell.

No Ad Love for Pedro in Boston Dailies

July 29, 2015

Wait – in the course of three days pitching great Pedro Martinez is inducted into the Hall of Fame and has his number retired by the Red Sox, and no one runs an ad in the local dailies congratulating him?

Boston Celtics stalwarts Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett exited the local scene and they got tribute ads in both Boston dailies.




Hell, Mass General tops some tricked-up U.S. News & World Report hospital ranking and it gets a full-page kiss in the stately local broadsheet.




But Pedro Martinez joins the ranks of the immortals and . . . nothing?


Nothing from the Red Sox? The Globe? The Herald? The New York Mets? The Dominican Republic? Nothing from nobody?

That’s just wrong.

Boston Dailies Put Up Airball on Bill Sharman

October 27, 2013

As the hardreading staff noted yesterday, both local dailies outsourced their obituaries of Celtics great/Hall of Famer Bill Sharman. We ended the post with this:

Very likely both papers will have remembrances in their sports section tomorrow. But for today, Sharman lost home court advantage.


Actually there was nothing in the Boston Herald, and almost nothing in the Boston Globe.  Just this at the end of Gary Washburn’s Basketball Notes column:

 Jerry West had some wonderful things to say after the death of former Celtic player and Lakers coach Bill Sharman: “This is a very sad day for me. Bill Sharman was, without a doubt, one of the greatest human beings I have ever met and one of my all-time favorite individuals, both as a competitor and as a friend. He was the epitome of class and dignity and, I can assure you, we find few men of his character in this world. We will miss him.”


To varying degrees, that is.

Local Dailies Squeeze Bill Sharman

October 26, 2013

Boston Celtics legend Bill Sharman died yesterday, and both local dailies outsourced his obituary.

The Boston Globe picked up the New York Times obit (apparently the Globeniks are not listening to the redoubtable Dan Kennedy at Media Nation).

Bill Sharman, in Hall of Fame as Celtics all-star and NBA coach; at 87

NEW YORK — Bill Sharman, who was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame twice, first as a sharpshooting guard who helped establish the Boston Celtics dynasty in the 1950s and then as the coach who led the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers to a record 33-game winning streak and Sharmanthe NBA title, died Friday at his home in Redondo Beach, Calif. He was 87.

A perfectionist as both player and coach, Mr. Sharman is also credited with introducing what is now a fixture of the pro and college games: the morning shoot-around, a light game-day workout to loosen up, set strategy, and prepare for the evening’s contest.

For 10 seasons beginning in fall 1951, Mr. Sharman teamed with the playmaking guard Bob Cousy to form one of the NBA’s legendary backcourts . . .


The Boston Herald went for the Associated Press sendoff.

Bill Sharman, at 87, played on Celtics champion teams

LOS ANGELES — Bill Sharman effortlessly straddled both sides of the Celtics-Lakers rivalry, winning championships and making friends from Boston to Los Angeles during a unique basketball career.Screen Shot 2013-10-26 at 3.32.20 PM

Even when he struggled to speak in his later years with a voice worn out from passionate coaching, Sharman remained a beloved mentor and a hoops innovator who saw great success from almost every perspective in more than a half-century in the NBA.

Sharman, the Hall of Famer who won multiple titles both as a player for the Celtics and a coach for the Lakers, died Friday at his home in Redondo Beach, the Lakers announced. He was 87.


Very likely both papers will have remembrances in their sports section tomorrow. But for today, Sharman lost home court advantage.

Celtics ADknowledge Boston Herald’s Existence

July 12, 2013

The hardreading staff has noted two instances lately of tribute ads that ran in the Boston Globe but not in the Boston Herald. And so it was with no little interest that we saw this in today’s stately local broadsheet:


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Which sent us scurrying to the Herald to see if it had suffered its accustomed fate.

It had not.

The Celtics gave the feisty local tabloid equal time (and ad space).


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But lest the folks at the Herald start feeling they’re on equal footing with the Globe, witness this from Eric Randall at the Boston Daily blog:

The Celtics took out a full-page ad in Friday’s Boston Globe to thank departing stars Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce for “bleeding green” all those years. It’s a nice move that you don’t see teams pull out for just any departing players.

But then, nor is it any surprise that Pierce and Garnett would merit special attention . . .


Moral of the story: Someone’s always ignoring the Herald somewhere.

Rivers Flows Only Toward Globe

June 10, 2013

Looks like Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers is playing favorites with the local dailies.

From today’s Boston Globe:

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MIAMI — Doc Rivers reached out to the Globe for the first time since the Celtics’ season concluded, but would not offer any hints as to whether he will return to the team as coach in a text-message exchange Sunday evening.

Rivers said he needed to “detox” after the season and apologized for being inaccessible to reporters . . .

Which apparently still applies to the Boston Herald. The feisty local tabloid has nothing in today’s print edition, and hasn’t even fudged a web piece the way it usually does.

Hey, Heraldniks: Like Howie always says, when the phone don’t ring, you’ll know it’s Doc.