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Brooks briefly discussed what race relations were like when Frank was on the team. Little known fact -- Brooks attended the high school that was the subject of Brown vs. Board of Education, which was decided by the Supreme Court the year before he graduated high school.

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Brooks briefly discussed what race relations were like when Frank was on the team. Little known fact -- Brooks attended the high school that was the subject of Brown vs. Board of Education, which was decided by the Supreme Court the year before he graduated high school.

Not quite. Brown was the consolidation of cases involving schools in five states, none of them in Arkansas. The first sentence of the Court's opinion says, "These cases come to us from the States of Kansas, South Carolina, Virginia, and Delaware." The Brown case itself involved the school system is Topeka, Kansas.

Brooks graduated from Little Rock Central High School in 1955. In 1957 -- three years after the Brown decision -- the school gained national notoriety when Arkansas Governor Orville Faubus used the National Guard to keep black students from entering the school, leading to a clash between Faubus and President Eisenhower as to whether the federal or state government controls the National Guard. Guess who won that one.

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Not quite. Brown was the consolidation of cases involving schools in five states, none of them in Arkansas. The first sentence of the Court's opinion says, "These cases come to us from the States of Kansas, South Carolina, Virginia, and Delaware." The Brown case itself involved the school system is Topeka, Kansas.

Brooks graduated from Little Rock Central High School in 1955. In 1957 -- three years after the Brown decision -- the school gained national notoriety when Arkansas Governor Orville Faubus used the National Guard to keep black students from entering the school, leading to a clash between Faubus and President Eisenhower as to whether the federal or state government controls the National Guard. Guess who won that one.

You are right, I misremembered. I just remembered his school was involved in a famous battle over integration of the public schools. Thanks for setting it straight.

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Great stuff and thanks for sharing Paul! I had no idea that Brooksie is still doing pretty well. With his falls and sickness, I thought he was not as sharp mentally as he is. Both he and Frank are symbols of the Oriole Way! My avatar "hits the spot"!

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