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5 Black Historic Running Legends: Happy 83rd Birthday Oscar Moore!


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  • 5 Black Historic Running Legends: Happy 83rd Birthday Oscar Moore!

    Celebrating African American Running History!
    Black Running History Timeline (1880 – 1979)

    Happy 83rd Birthday Oscar Moore (March 31, 1938)
    Speed & Grace
    1964 Olympian – Van Cortlandt Park Cross-Country Course Record-Holder

    Oscar set many running records. However, his greatest gift is the impact he’s had on people through his years as a coach at Glassboro/Rowan University and his ministry that continues today as an ordained minister in Glassboro, New Jersey.

    Cheryl R. Toussaint (1952)
    1972 Olympian – National Champion - Legendary Atoms Track Club Athlete

    In 2015, Cheryl became Meet Director for the Colgate Women’s Games replacing her coach and mentor the late Fred Thompson.

    John Borican (1913 – 1942)
    All-Around Great Athlete for the Historic Shore Athletic Club
    The Greatest American track athlete that you’ve never heard of!
    National Champion at the Pentathlon, Decathlon, and 800 Meters

    John Borican died at age 29 from anemia. He received a Master of Arts degree from Columbia University and was a candidate for a Ph. D at the time of his death. His early passing prevented him from realizing his dream of becoming the first Negro mile champion.

    Frank T. Dixon 3d (1922 – 1977)
    Legendary High School, College, National Champion at the Mile and Cross Country

    His New York Times Obituary (December 5, 1977) stated the following:
    “His achievements at the middle and longer distances were a surprise to many who assumed in those days that Black runners exceled only in the sprints.”

    Roscoe Lee Browne (1922 – 2007)
    National Champion Runner for the Historic New York Pioneer Club (NYPC)
    Scholar – An OBIE and Emmy Award winning Actor

    In 1951 he recorded the fastest 800 meter time in the world for the year of 1:49.3 and was a favorite to make the 1952 Olympic team but an injury sidelined him from competing at the trials.

    To view the entire Black Running History Timeline visit here:

    Gary Corbitt
    Curator: Ted Corbitt Archives
    Historian: National Black Marathoners Association (NBMA)
    [email protected]

  • #2
    I'd read that Browne competed in the 48 trials 1500, and wondered why he disappeared after he was ranked #2 in the world in the 800 in 1952 Now I know that he'd been injurd. Thanks.