In our continuing search for Famous African-American 1sts in athletics, I came across the following athletes. These athletes were ground breakers in many ways and just like Marshall Taylor, are largely forgotten. Some of them are shocking and some just gave me greater insights into the role black folks played in early American Athletics. For instance, did you know that 13 of the 15 jockeys that started in the 1st Kentucky Derby in 1875 were African-American? Enjoy!
Oliver Lewis was an African-American Jockey who won the very 1st Kentucky Derby Horse Race in 1875. 13 of the 15 jockeys that started that race were also African-American!
Willie Thrower was the 1st African-American Quarterback to appear in an N.F.L. Game for the Chicago Bears on October 18th, 1953. NO Doug Williams of the Washington Redskins wasn't the 1st African-American Quarterback, though he was the 1st to win a Super Bowl!
Called by some ‘Soul on Ice’, Mr. Willie O’ree was the 1st African-American player to enter the National Hockey League when he took the ice for the Boston Bruins in 1958.
George Poage is the 1st African-American Summer Olympic Medalist. These Olympic Summer Games took place in St. Louis Missouri in 1904.
After reading some of the stories of these 4 men I was completely at a loss for word! If there are 4 here, there must be many more recorded in others places! Developing story.....