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  • Last Member of Harlem Rens, Wash. Bears Dies

    John Isaacs:

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    I wish somebody would write a book on the early years of Afro Americans in sport. Those old black basketball teams, the Negro Leagues in baseball with names like Josh Gibson, Satchel Page and "Cool Papa" Bell, then there's guys like Mozelle Ellerbe the first great sprinter from one of those HBCU schools, he went to Tuskegee. Few are familiar with Howard Drew the first black to make a USA Olympic team as a sprinter. Then all those great jockey's like Isacc Murphy won three Kentucky Derby's , he'd win his first race in 1875 at the age of 14. George "Little Chocolate" Dixon had over 800 bouts in a 20 year perod and is considered by many boxing historians to be pound for pound the best ever. Yet who is up on George Dixon?

    When it comes to track, we first started seeing black competitors as early as the late 1800's with names like Naploean Marshall out of Harvard and Spencer Dickerson out of the U of Chicago. Names totally forgotten today.

    I guess I'm ramblin' on..huh? Obviously it's a topic that interests me :lol: I think it was ESPN who did a show on those first black basketball teams like the Rens. Yep...riveting!


    • #3
      Try Volume I (of 3, hardcover) of Arthur Ashe's "A Hard Road to Glory." ... ,%20Arthur

      The hard cover series covers 1619-1918, 1919-1945, and 1946 and beyond.

      The soft cover version has broken the book into five (?) volumes, but by sport: baseball, basketball, boxing, football, track.


      • #4
        Early Blacks in Sports

        You mean books such as these?

        White, Sol. Sol White's History of Colored Base Ball: With Other Documents of the Early Black Game, 1886- 1936, with introduction by Jerry Malloy. University of Nebraska Press, 1995. ... 1566637147 ... 0974811106 ... ky%20Kings

        Young, A.S. "Doc". Negro First in Sports. Chicago, IL: Johnson Publishing Co., 1963.

        Peterson, Robert. Only The Ball Was White: A History of Legendary Black Players and All-Black Professional Teams. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall Publishers, 1970. Reprint. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill, 1984, 1992.