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Wed, 01.04.2020

Charles Grant Jr., baseball player born

*Charles Grant Jr. was born on this date in 1874. He was a Black baseball player in Negro league baseball before the formal league was created.  Grant was born in Cincinnati, the son of an African American horse trainer, Charles Grant, and mother, Mary.  A good fielder, Grant was of “medium height” and weighed approximately 160 pounds and hit right-handed.  Charlie Grant joined the Page […]

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Sun, 29.03.2020

Yannick Noah born

*Yannick Noah was born on this date in 1960.  He is an African French (Cameroon) professional tennis player (now retired) and singer.   Born in Sedan, in the north of France, Noah is the son of a Cameroonian soccer or footballer, Zacharie Noah, and his French wife Marie-Claire a former captain of France’s basketball team and teacher. After a sports injury in 1963, Noah’s father […]

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Sat, 14.03.2020

Curt Flood, baseball player born

*On this date in 1938, Curtis Charles Flood.  He was an African American baseball player and union activist.   Born in Houston, Texas, and raised in Oakland, California.  Flood played in the same outfield in West Oakland’s McClymond’s High School as Vada Pinson and Frank Robinson. All three would eventually sign professional contracts with the Cincinnati Reds. Flood attended McClymond’s High School and transferred to Oakland Technical High School, where […]

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Thu, 12.03.2020

Tommie Smith, Track Sprinter and Activist born

*On Tommie Smith was born on this date in 1944.  He was an African American track & field athlete, wide receiver in the American Football League and community activist.   Tommie C. Smith was born in Clarksville, Texas, the seventh of twelve children born to Richard and Dora Smith. He suffered from pneumonia as a child, but still grew to be an athlete.  At Lemoore […]

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Thu, 12.03.2020

John Carlos, Track Sprinter and activist born

*On this date in 1945, John Carlos born.  He is a retired Afro Cuban American track and field and football athlete/player and is an author.   Born in Harlem, New York, to Cubanparents, John Wesley Carlos was a gifted high school athlete and outstanding student who went on to study at East Texas State University on a full track-and-field scholarship. His victories in the […]

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Tue, 21.01.2020

Barbara Hillary, Explorer born

*On this date in 1931, Barbara Hillary was born.  She was an African American nurse, publisher, adventurer, and Environment public speaker.   Born in New York City in the Lincoln Square neighborhood (formerly San Juan Hill). She was raised in Harlem by her mother, her father having died while she was a baby.  Hillary grew up impoverished her mother cleaned homes to support the family, but […]

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Mon, 20.01.2020

Jarome Iginla, Hockey player born

*On this date in 1977, Jarome Iginla was born.  He is a Black Canadian (retired) professional hockey forward. He played over 1500 games in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Calgary Flames, Pittsburgh Penguins, Boston Bruins, Colorado Avalanche and Los Angeles Kings.  Jarome Arthur Iginla was born in Edmonton, Alberta, and raised in the adjoining city of St. Albert.  His father, a lawyer, was originally from Nigeria and changed his first name […]

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Mon, 20.01.2020

Sam Jethroe, Baseball player born

*On this date in 1917, Sam Jethroe was born.  He was an African American center fielder in Negro Baseball League and Major League Baseball.  From East St. Louis, Illinois, Samuel Jethroe was an all-around athlete. His father taught him to play baseball, and at Lincoln High School, he played football, basketball, and boxed. After high school he began playing semipro ball with the East […]

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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 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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New Poem Each Day

Poetry Corner

*A good man is hard to find; you always get the other kind. Just when you think that he is your pal You look for him fooling ‘round some other gal. Then... A GOOD MAN IS HARD TO FIND by Alberta Hunter.
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