Burton, John: Moscone and basketball


John Burton: George was pretty good as a ball player. He had a bad temper, and he’d get mad. His great weakness was he thought he could fake somebody by looking to the right and throwing it to the left, which would get picked off as many times as not, but George was very good. He had a temper and people would get mad at him. I think someone threw a firecracker, and George gave ‘em the finger. Then like all good Catholics, went to the foul line, made the sign of the cross, missed it and said “shit”. Then he went to Santa Rosa JC, then College of the Pacific. I played in San Francisco State against COP, and George was up there, and he’d gotten in some kind of fight with somebody. George had a temper. That’s why the Harvey Milk picture doesn’t make sense when Harvey’s screaming at George and George is just sitting there, but that’s a whole different story.


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The Moscone oral history interviews are part of the George Moscone Collection, MSS 328.

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