BLACK COLLEGE SPORTS HISTORY & LEGENDS

Preserving History & Legacies

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2020 HBCU Basketball Tournaments: MEAC– March 10-14…SIAC March 2-7…SWAC-March 10-14…Check your local schedules…CIAA Finals: (men) Winston Salem 63 Fayetteville State 62…(women) Fayetteville State 61 Bowie State 53…

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CELEBRATE BLACK HISTORY MONTH

NEGRO LEAGUE BASEBALL & BLACK COLLEGES

Baseball was embraced as  America’s first national “pastime” in sports, but as with other public gatherings, Negroes were excluded from participating in front of white audiences. 
Nonetheless, it created a separate venue which they built their own institutions for leisure time. And it created some of the legendary icons of the game. They played in cornfields and sandlots and built rivalries that soon brought about the  establishment of organized leagues. There were the folks who became owners and architects who  organized teams and built stadiums and traveling teams which have been chronicled in the movies. And when the color barrier became threatened by integration, it opened up a new era for black college players that slowly saw the best the Negro League baseball had to offer and paved the way for others who went on to achieve the highest honors in the sports. The “Other Boys of Summer,” a new documentary by historian and filmmaker Lauren Meyers continues to extol the virtues of a movement that coincided and contributed to the Civil Rights movement in sports.   

Join many of the living legends of the Negro League in Spartanburg, SC celebrating Black History Month on February 17, 2020. Filmmaker Lauren Meyers will feature the film at three locations along with panel discussions about diversity and equality. For more info, contact Luther Norman (864)205-7249.

Different.. Unique

A Celebration of Black College History in Sports

BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS

Legends

Most Black college legendary figures are described as: winners…leaders…dedicated…surrogates…spiritual…humble…and proud. Whether they’ve departed or still around, their legacies are filled with testimonials from those who lives they have touched.
Clarence “Big House” Gaines fills the bill.
See for yourself.

(Courtesy of the Shadow League)

THIS MONTH IN HISTORY

1868      HAMPTON INSTITUTE    founded by Gen. Samuel A. Armstrong
1894      HOWARD UNIVERSITY   defeated Kendall College, 6-1 in the
                first interracial college baseball game 
1955      TEXAS SOUTHERN, the first Black college to appear in the
                NAIA National Invitational Tournament, coached by 
ED             
                ADAMS,
 the FIRST BLACK COACH inducted into the HELM 
                HALL OF FAME
1957      TENNESSEE STATE A&I   won the first Black College Men’s
                NAIA Basketball Championship when they defeated Southeast
                Oklahoma, 92-73. They were led by Hall of Fame coach John
                B. McLendon, Jr. and All-America Dick Barnett.  
  
1958     TENNESSEE STATE A&I won their second NAIA Men’s National
               Basketball Championship, led by MVP Dick Barnett. The Tigers
               defeated Western Illinois, 85-73.
1959     TENNESSEE STATE A&I  won their third consecutive NAIA
               Men’s National Basketball Championship, led by Tournament 
               M
VPs Dick Barnett and head coach John B. McLendon, Jr.
               They overcame Pacific Lutheran, 97-87.
1961      Grambling College, led by Hall of Fame center Willis Reed
               captured the NAIA Men’s Basketball Championship with a 95-
               75 victory over Georgetown, KY.
1962      Prairie View A&M followed the Tigers of Grambling with their
               first NAIA Men’s NAIA title. All-America center Zelmo 
Beatty
               led the Panthers to a 62–53 victory over Westminster (Pa.)
1965      Central State, Ohio won the first of two NAIA titles, led by All-
               America and MVP center Ken Wilburn,
defeating 
Oklahoma
               Baptist, 85-51. The Marauders repeated in 1968 with a close
               win over Fairmont State, VA, 51-48.
1970      Kentucky State, led All-Americans Travis Grant and Elmore
               Smith
performed the second NAIA triple championships with
               victories over Central Washington, 79-71; 1971 (102-82 over
               Eastern Michigan and 1972 (Wisconsin-Eau Claire, 71-62).
1976      Coppin State captured their first NAIA championship with a 96-
               91 win over Henderson State, AR.    
1977      Texas Southern finally broke through with their first NAIA title,
               defeating Campbell College, NC, 71-44. The first Black college
               to make an appearance in the NAIA tournament became the
               last to win the prestigious title.

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