African Americans in Sport

By Bigt75
  • Moses Fleetwood Walker

    Moses Fleetwood Walker
    Moses Fleetwood Walker was the first official African-American baseball player. Walker debuted May 1, 1884, with his team the Toledo Blue Stockings. He joined the team after the club move to baseball's American Association. They beat the Louisville Eclispe on his debut game.
  • Jack Johnsom

    Jack Johnsom
    Jack Johnson is also know as the "Galveston Giant." In 1908 he became the first African American Heavyweight champion, He held the title for seven straight years. He died on June 10, 1946.
  • Jesse Owens

    Jesse Owens
    Jesse owens shocked the world by winning four different gold medal in the Olympics in Berlin. Nobody thought he could win, but he proved them wrong. He won a gold medal in the 100 meters, the 200 meters, the long jump, and as part of the 4x100 meter relay team. He will always be remebered in history.
  • Jackie Robinson

    Jackie Robinson
    Highlights in world series In 1947, Jackie robinson broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball. He was signed by the brooklyn dodgers. He also was the first African American to be inducted in the Hall of Fame. He died on October 24, 1972.
  • Charles 'Chuck' Cooper

    Charles 'Chuck' Cooper
    In 1950 Charles Cooper became the first African American to be drafted by a NBA team. He was drafted by the Boston Celtics. Charles had a good career that lasted for 6 years. He and some other players opened the door for African Americans in basketball.
  • Willie Thrower

    Willie Thrower
    Willie was drafted by the Chicago Bears in 1853. He was second string to George Balandra. On this date he made his first apperance in a game, and completed 3 out of 7 passes. He went on to finish the season with the Bears, but was released after the season.
  • Jim Brown

    Jim Brown
    Jim Brown annouced that he was retiring from the NFL. Cleveland Browns was not happy about his retirement, but was thankful for everything that he had did for them. He led the NFL for eight straight years in rushing yards. He ended his career carrying the ball 2,359 times and gained 12,312 yards for an average of 5.2 yards a carry. He also scored 126 touchdowns.
  • Arthur Ashe

    Arthur Ashe
    Arthur Ashe becomes the first African American male to win the U.S. open. He defeated Tom Okker. He went on to win other tennis championship. He opened the door for African Americans in tennis.
  • Bo Jackson

    Bo Jackson
    Bo Jackson highlight runs Bo Jackson became the first person and African American to play two professional sports. He was signed by the Kansas City Royals. He played football for the Los Angeles Raiders. He had a good career in both sports.
  • Vonetta Flowers

    Vonetta Flowers
    On this date Vonetta Flowers shocked the world by winning a gold medal in bobsledding. She became interested in bobsledding after she didn't qualify for the summer olympics as a sprinter. She did not give up on her dream to win a gold medal. Now she will be remembered for her great accomplishment.