Thursday, January 24, 2008

The other Willie O'Ree

Sixty year ago, on March 13, 1948, in the cramped visitors dressing room at the old Montreal Forum, he slipped a blue sweater over his thin frame, the number 11 on its back, the letters RANGERS spilling across the chest.

Little Larry Kwong, who had been born in Vernon, B.C., one of 15 children, who fell in love with hockey by listening to the radio in the apartment above the family's grocery store ... The first player of Asian ancestry to skate in the National Hockey League had launched — and, though he did not yet know it, ended — his major league career.
A really terrific story. My thanks to a reader for pointing it out.

The Rangers may not even know about this fellow, but a small note of recognition of the 60th anniversary would be a nice touch.


At 12:06 p.m., January 25, 2008, Blogger Andrew Bucholtz said...

Really interesting story, James: thanks for providing the link. It's unfortunate that Kwong hasn't received more attention: too many people focus on colour barriers as binary, rather than the complex issue they actually present.


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