Outside the Lines (Sunday, 9 a.m., ESPN)
Bernie Carbo, best known for his Game 6 home run for Boston in the 1975 World Series setting the stage for Carlton Fisk’s game-winning blast, says that 10 years later he tried to pay someone to injure former Cardinals teammate Keith Hernandez. Carbo shares with Outside the Lines that, after Hernandez testified Sept. 6, 1985 in Pittsburgh, that Carbo had introduced him to cocaine, Carbo tried to arrange to have Hernandez’s arms broken. Carbo also says that in one respect, there was no difference between his momentous Game 6 and more than 1,000 other games he played in the major leagues: he was high on drugs. Now 62, Carbo says he has been clean and sober for 16 years and he would apologize to Hernandez for introducing him to cocaine. Mark Schwarz reports.
“I knew some people, and I had $2,000, and I asked them to break his arms. He said, ‘We’ll do it in two or three years if you want it done, but we’re not going to do it today, Bernie. If we went and broke his legs today, or broke his arms, you don’t think they would understand that you are the one that had it done?’” — Bernie Carbo, on his actions after former teammate Keith Hernandez testified Carbo had introduced him to cocaine
Carbo: “I was addicted to the point where I couldn’t play without the drugs.”
Mark Schwarz: “How many players do you think in a typical clubhouse did almost as many drugs as you did?”
Carbo: “Nobody did as many drugs as I did.”
I was taking mescaline. I was taking cocaine. Crystal meth. Smoking dope and taking pills and drinking. I felt that even though I hit this home run and I reached a place in my life that I dreamed about, it didn’t bring me any happiness.” — Carbo
Outside the Lines (Sunday, 9 a.m., ESPN)
At Savannah State University, questions remain about the departure of Robby Wells, the first white head football coach in 98 years at the historically black school. The Tigers find themselves defending a perception of racism amid questionable recruiting (Savannah St. awarded scholarships to 14 players, all black, while the five white players recruited by Wells were not offered scholarships) and coaching dismissals (Jamie Rigdon, white, a Savannah State graduate and the winningest baseball coach in school history, was fired in 2005 and sued Savannah St. for discrimination – the school settled). Jemele Hill reports.
Jemele Hill: “To what degree do you think you were fired because of race?”
Jamie Rigdon: “I think 100 percent. I think there is absolutely no doubt, 100 percent.”
“I don’t think it says anything when you talk about two individuals, two single individuals versus the almost 4,000 students that are here now, versus 450 faculty and staff and other employees here.” — Marilyn Suggs, interim athletic director, responding to the Rigdon settlement and Wells’ claims of racism
“Dr. Flythe, at the very end of the conversation, looked at me and said, ‘You will never be able to reach the alumni of Savannah State because you are a white guy. And you will never be able to reach the people of Savannah because you are white and your fiancée is black.’” — Robby Wells, about a meeting with Savannah St. Vice President Dr. Claude Flythe and interim athletic director Marilyn Suggs
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On February 11, 1990, Nelson Mandela was released from Victor Verster Prison, marking the beginning of the end of Apartheid which had kept South Africa a segregated nation for more than 40 years. In 1994, Mandela was elected president of South Africa and needed to unite the long-divided country. To help his cause, he turned to the national soccer team to spread his message. Chris Connelly tells the story of Bafana Bafana – the South African soccer team and its improbable journey to win the 1996 African Cup of Nations and, more importantly, help heal a nation.
The rape and murder of Eudy Simelane brought the issue of “corrective rape” to the forefront in South Africa, however briefly, but the situation for lesbians has not improved. Jeremy Schaap and Beein Gim report in this E:60 companion piece for ESPN.com.