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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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Tue, 06.11.2018

Willie McCovey, baseball power hitter

*Willie McCovey was born on this date in 1938.  He was an African American professional baseball player. Willie Lee McCoveywas born in Mobile, Alabama. He was the seventh of ten children born to Frank and Esther McCovey. He began working part-time at the age of 12 and dropped out of high school without graduating in order to work fulltime. McCovey […]

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Wed, 18.07.2018

Bill Veeck and the Curt Flood Decision, Mike Veeck

Professional baseball owner Mike Veeck shares the factual story of his father’s support of Curt Floods quest for free agency

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Thu, 28.06.2018

Grade Today’s Athletes For Civil Rights Views, Dr. Harry Edwards

Sociologist and Civil Rights activist Dr. Harry Edwards shares the intersectionality of humanity and athletics and what grade he would give to today’s athletes for civil rights awareness

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New Poem Each Day

Poetry Corner

and yeah, brothers, while white/America sings about the unsink able molly brown (who was hustling the titanic when it went down) I sing to thee of Shine the stoker who was... I SING OF SHINE by Etheridge Knight.
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