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ART Rust Jr, a pioneering African-American personality in New York radio sports talk shows and a sports historian whose books focused on the interplay of race and athletics, died this week at a hospital in Manhattan. He was 82.
The cause was complications of Parkinson's disease, said his daughter Suzanne Rust.
In the 1980s, Rust became a familiar voice with his sports show on WABC Radio. "Every time I'd go out in the street, somebody would shake my hand to get an autograph," he told MSG.com in 2003.
Rust was not the first New York sports host who bantered with listeners over the phone - Bill Mazer had an earlier popular programme. But Rust "certainly set the groundwork", TV host Steve Somers said.
Steve Malzberg, Rust's producer, said "there was a warmth" to Rust's broadcasts.
"It was feeling like you knew Arthur George Rust Jr and he was in your home."
Rust revelled in his love of sports history. He was also known for his "Rustisms". A left-hander was a "portsider" and baseball home plate was the "dish".
He called Yankee Stadium "the big ball orchard in the South Bronx".
Back in the 1930s, Rust was a youngster living in Harlem, whose hopes of playing at Yankee Stadium some day seemed more like an outlandish dream.
In his 1976 book Get That Nigger Off the Field! - a history of black baseball - Rust remembered how "baseball was my life".
"At one time I wanted to be a major league ballplayer, but I was black," he wrote.
He told of racial epithets being hurled at him by some visiting ballplayers when he attended games at Yankee Stadium and the Polo Grounds.
Rust and his wife Edna collaborated with heavyweight boxing champion Joe Louis on his 1978 autobiography Joe Louis, My Life.
In recalling his Harlem youth, Rust wrote about the passing of the years and the changes in the US.
As he put it in 1976: "I lived to see blacks elected to the Hall of Fame. I lived to see Emmett Ashford, the first black umpire. I lived to see Aaron break Babe Ruth's home-run record. I lived to see Frank Robinson become the first black manager in the major leagues. The system is breaking.
"However," he added, "an interesting development: My 10-year-old daughter, Suzanne, wants to know why women can't play major league base." - New York Times