Posted on November 2, 2018 at 8:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Even those who aren’t sports fans are aware of the struggles that pro baseball’s first nonwhite players encountered.

But integration wasn’t a cakewalk for the brave basketball players who took the plunge, either.

And that’s the source of long-retired Celtics star Bob Cousy’s biggest regrets: that he didn’t speak up louder for his black teammate and co-star, Bill Russell.

Cousy (now ninety years old) and journalist Gary Pomerantz, who wrote a book about the duo called The Last Pass: Cousy, Russell, the Celtics, and What Matters in the End, discussed those years on NPR recently.

You can listen to the interview below or read an edited transcript on NPR’s website.

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