Category: Sports/Outdoors

  • Fri, 1948-09-10

    Bob Lanier was born on this date in 1948. He was an African American basketball player and is an author, administrator, and educator.
    Born...

  • Thu, 1949-02-17

    *Dennis Green was born on this date in 1949. He was an African American college and professional football coach.

    Dennis Earl Green grew...

  • Fri, 1949-07-08

    On this date in 1949, two years after playing his first game with the St. Louis Browns, 24-year-old Hank Thompson became the first African...

  • Wed, 1950-02-22

    *Julius Erving was born on this date in 1950. He is an African American basketball player (retired).

    Erving was born in East Meadow, NY...

  • Tue, 1950-04-18

    On this date in 1950, the (then) Boston Braves baseball team integrated. Famed Cleveland Buckeyes star Sam Jethroe became their first Black...

  • Fri, 1950-05-19

    Rod Milburn was born on this date in 1950. He was an African American athlete and community supporter.

    From Opelousas, LA, he began his...

  • Tue, 1950-10-31

    On this date in 1950, Earl Lloyd became the first African American to play in an NBA game.

    The contest was between the Washington...

  • Wed, 1950-11-15

    On this date in 1950, the first African American signed a professional hockey contract.

    Arthur Dorrington, a native of Nova Scotia,...

  • Fri, 1950-12-29

    On this date in 1950 Joe Gilliam, Jr., was born. He was an African American professional football player.

    He was born in Nashville, TN.,...

  • Tue, 1951-05-01

    On this date in 1951, Orestes ("Minnie") Minoso became the first Black Chicago White Sox player.

    A veteran of the Negro Leagues' New...

  • Wed, 1951-10-03

    Dave Winfield, an African-American athlete and an administrator and corporate executive, was born on this date in 1951.

    David Mark...

  • Sat, 1951-10-20

    On this date in 1951, a racial incident of, during the college football game between Oklahoma A&M (now Oklahoma State) and Drake University...

  • Mon, 1952-02-18

    *Maurice Lucas was born on this date in 1952. He was an African American professional basketball player and coach.

    From Pittsburgh,...

  • Wed, 1952-04-16

    Peter Westbrook was born on this date in 1952. He is an African American Sabre Fencer, teacher, and administrator.

    Westbrook grew up...

  • Sun, 1953-09-13

    On this date in 1953, Former Homestead Grays pitcher Bob Trice integrated the (then) Philadelphia Athletics as a pitcher.

    He appeared in...

  • Mon, 1953-09-14

    *The Chicago Cubs baseball team integrated for the first time on this date in 1953. Former Kansas City Monarchs Gene Baker and Ernie Banks...

  • Tue, 1954-04-13

    *Baseball’s Pittsburgh Pirates featured their first African-American player on this date in 1954. Curt Roberts, formerly of the Kansas City...

  • Sun, 1954-07-25

    *On this date in 1954, Walter Jerry Payton was born. He was one of the best running backs ever to play professional football in America.

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  • Thu, 1954-07-29

    This date marks the birth of Flo Hyman in 1954. She was an African American athlete specializing in volleyball.

    Flo Hyman was born in...

  • Mon, 1954-09-06

    Havana-born outfielder Carlos Paula integrated the Washington Senators on this date in 1954.

    In the next season, 1955, his only full...