Aaron: Baseball is different. It's a clique.
Walton: It's not just baseball.
SI: How will the white power structure finally be broken down?
Davis: I say it will happen first when there's some economic advantage to hiring blacks, or when there is pressure that threatens the bottom line.
DeFrantz: Or, simply, when some black owners get together and decide to do it.
Aaron: I think the answer's going to come from the pros themselves. They're going to have to put themselves on the line if they want to see a change.
Hawkins: Maybe the players can do this. But that's more fanciful to me than the idea that parents will make a difference. If parents become sophisticated about this issue, then the students will be more sophisticated about what kinds of questions to ask when they're being recruited—about minority faculty, books in the library, how much they have to study.
Lapchick: I think it's even beyond that, though. The only time there's been real, pronounced pressure is when the civil rights groups got on the case after Al Campanis made his racist statements in 1987, but they dropped the pressure. They've got to get back into the game.
SI: What must be done in the future to correct things?
Stringer: I think that we need to point out that everyone shares in the burden and the responsibility for helping our youth survive and become productive citizens. No group can exclude itself, not the parents, the guidance counselors, the teachers or the coaches. We're talking about saving our people.