Sport: Along Came Bill

In the pregame warmup, the gangling Negro looked awkward and ill at ease. He pushed his practice shots toward the baskets as if he knew they would miss; he shambled around the floor like a lost kid. But when the whistle blew for the University of San Francisco v. Loyola of the South basketball game in New Orleans last week, San Francisco's big (6 ft. 10 in., 210 lbs.) Center Bill Russell seemed the All-America ace he was cracked up to be. Before he left the game he scored 20 points. On defense he...

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