Charlie Sifford Breaks the PGA Color Barrier Jun11

Charlie Sifford Breaks the PGA Color Barrier...

On June 11, 1959, Charlie Sifford became the first Black player to take part in a a Pro Golfers Association event at the U.S. Open. Two years later, the PGA remove a provision in its bylaw which prevented Black from being members of the PGA. Sifford would become its first member and won two events over the course of his career. For a broader profile on Charlie Sifford, look at his profile at the Great Black Heroes...

Muhammad Ali refuses Induction into the US Army...

 On this day in 1967, Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali refused induction into the United States Army on religious grounds. As a result, he was stripped of his Heavyweight title and was convicted of draft evasion and sentenced to five years in prison and given a $10,000.00 fine. He was also banned from boxing for three years. He appealed and stayed out of prison until his conviction was overturned by the United States Supreme Court in 1971. About his refusal to enlist, Ali famously stated “I ain’t got not quarrel with those...

The First Black Player Drafted In The NBA Apr25

The First Black Player Drafted In The NBA...

 The Boston Celtics selected Chuck Cooper in the second round of the 1950 NBA Draft, making him the first African American drafted in the NBA. Celtics owner Walter Brown famously said he didn’t care whether Cooper was “striped, plaid or polka dot,” after he was chosen. Cooper had played at Duquesne University and he joined Hall of Famers Nat “Sweetwater” Clifton and Earl Lloyd as the first blacks to enter the NBA when the 1950-51 season...

Hank Aaron Hit First Home Run Apr23

Hank Aaron Hit First Home Run...

 On this day in day in 1954, Henry “Hank” Aaron hit his first home run agains the St. Louis Cardinals. Aaron would be elected to the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame after breaking Babe Ruth home run record in 1974. He retired with the all time home run record of 755 which lasted until...

Wendell Scott Inducted into NASCAR Hall Jan30

Wendell Scott Inducted into NASCAR Hall...

Wendell Scott was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame on January 30, 2015. In addition to being the first Black driver inducted to the Hall of Fame, he was also the first Black driver to compete on the NASCAR Grand National Series and was also the only Black driver to win on NASCAR’s highest...

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