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Tue, 14.01.2020

The Newark Eagles, a Negro League Story

*On this date in 1936, The Newark Eagles are celebrated.  They were a professional Negro league baseball team.   They were owned by Abe and Effa Manley and played in the Negro National League from 1936 to 1948.  The Newark Eagles were formed in 1936 when the Newark Dodgers, established in 1933, merged with the Brooklyn Eagles, established in 1935. Abe Manley and his African American wife, owners and founders of the Brooklyn Eagles, purchased […]

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Sat, 14.12.2019

Baseball’s Negro National League formed

*On this date in 1920, the Negro National League (NNL) was founded.  They were one of the several Negro leagues which were established when white-American organized baseball was segregated.   Led by Rube Foster, owner and manager of the Chicago American Giants, the NNL was established by a coalition of team owners at a meeting in a Kansas City YMCA. The new league was the […]

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Sat, 14.12.2019

Baseball’s Negro American League formed

*This date in 1937 celebrates the founding of the Negro American League.  This was one of the several Negro leagues created when organized white-American baseball was segregated.   From 1939 through 1942 and 1944 through 1947, the team in first place at the end of the season was declared the Pennant winner. Due to the unorthodox nature of the schedule (and little […]

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Fri, 08.11.2019

Herb Carnegie, Ice Hockey Pioneer born

*Herbert Carnegie was born on this date in 1919.  He was a black Canadian ice hockey player.   Herbert Henry Carnegie was the fifth of seven children born in Toronto to Jamaican immigrants George and Adina Carnegie. George was a janitor with Toronto Hydro, a career that Herb recalls his father liking “about as much as a poke in the eye […]

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Wed, 30.10.2019

Willie O’Ree, Hockey Pioneer born

*Willie O’Ree was born on this date in 1935.  He is a black Canadian professional ice hockey player (retired), the first black player in the National Hockey League.   William Eldon O’Ree was raised in a large family in Fredericton, New Brunswick. He was the youngest of 13 children of parents Rosebud and Harry. O’Ree’s grandparents came to Canada from the United States through the Underground […]

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Mon, 28.10.2019

Black Football Pioneer, Bill Willis born

*Bill Willis was born on this date in 1921.  He was an African American professional football defensive lineman.   William Karnet Willis was from Columbus, Ohio. Willis attended Ohio State University, where he joined the track and football teams. He was part of a Buckeyes football team that won the school’s first national championship in 1942. After graduating in 1944, Willis heard about a new AAFC […]

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Tue, 22.10.2019

“All Nations” Baseball Team Takes the Field

*On this date of breaking the color barrier in Major League Baseball, we celebrate the founding of the Worlds ‘All Nations’ baseball team in 1912.   This was a barnstorming professional baseball team that toured the American Midwest from 1912 to 1918, and again in 1920 and 1921, and from 1923 to 1925. It derived its name from the racial intersectionality of its […]

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Mon, 21.10.2019

John Donaldson, Baseball Pioneer born

*John Donaldson was born on this date in 1891.  He was an African American baseball pitcher in Pre-Negro league and Negro league baseball.  John Wesley Donaldson was born in Glasgow, Missouri; very little is known about his parents, siblings or childhood.   Donaldson’s early career was spent playing for the Missouri Black Tigers of nearby Higbee, Missouri, in 1908, and subsequently for the […]

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Sat, 14.09.2019

Treasured Moments Playing Basketball, Seimone Augustus

WNBA basketball player Seimone Augustus shares two treasured moments in her playing career

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Thu, 07.02.2019

Frank Robinson, Baseball Great Born

*Frank Robinson was born on this date in 1935.  He was an African American professional baseball outfielder and manager.  Frank Robinson was born in Beaumont, Texas,  the youngest of ten children born to Frank Robinson and Ruth Shaw. His parents divorced when he was an infant and his mother moved with her children first to Alameda, California, and then to the West Oakland, California. He attended Oakland’s McClymonds […]

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In a house of empty rooms, I thought I heard a door close down the long hall. I couldn’t know whether someone had entered, whether someone had left. No further step,... A CLOSING by May Miller
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