African American Sports History Part II

By Gary Norris Gray
Updated: February 9, 2006

Sports history African American first

To know your future you must understand your past .
Jackie Robinson Brooklyn Dodgers First Professional Player 1947
Emmitt Ashford Major League Baseball Umpire 1966
Frank Robinson Cleveland Indians First Professional Coach 1975
Cedo Gaston Toronto Blue Jays First World Series Champion 1983
Current Major League coaches 2005
Dusty Baker Chicago Cubs
Willie Randolph New York Mets
Clarence “Big House” Ganes Winston-Salem State Univ. First African American Coach to win
Division One Title 1946
Ernie Davis Syracuse University First Heisman Trophy 1958
Kenny Washington Los Ang Rams First African American Player post 1933 ban
Willie Thrower Chicago! Bears Quarterback played one game 1953
Marlin Brisco Denver Broncos First African American Quarterback 1964
Art Shell Oakland Raiders First Professional Coach 1989
Doug Williams Washington Redskins Quarterback guided team to Super Bowl 1988
Warren Moon Houston Oilers First Black Q.B. In Hall of Fame 2006
African American College Coaches in 2005
Karl Dorrell University of California at Los Ang
Sylvester Grooms Mississippi State University
Tye Whittingham Washington University
Will Wilson Colombia University
African American Professional coaches in 2005
Tony Dungy Indianapolis Colts
Lovie Smith Chicago Bears
Dennis Green Arizona Cardinals
Marvin Lewis Cincinnati Bengals
Romeo Cronnell Cleveland Browns
Herm Edwards Kansas City Chiefs
Missoui “Big M! o” Arledge Pliander Smith College of Arkansas
First Female College player 1955
Tennessee State University First African American School to win NAIA Title 1957
Texas Western University First All African American starting five to and win NCAA title
Bill Russell Boston Celtics First Professional Coach 1966
Winston Salem State University defeats Southwest Missouri State
First African American Univ. to defeat major school 1967
Ken Hudson National Basketball Asso. Referee 1968
Will Robinson Illinois. State University First college Coach 1970
Vivian Stringer Channey State College(Penna) First Female coach to take three different
Univ. of Iowa Teams to Final Four 1972
Rutgers State University(New Jersey)
Wayne Embry Baltimore Bullets First General Manager 1972
Bill! Russell Boston Celtics First Inductee To Hall of Fame 1975
John Thompson Georgetown University First to win NCAA title 1984
The National Basketball League has more professional African American Coaching staff than any other sport. 2006
Willis O’ Ree Boston Bruins First Hockey Player 1968
Grant Fuhr Edmonton Oilers First Stanley Cup Champion 1981-91
Jerome Inginla Calgary Flames First Hockey Captain 2003
There are currently 12 Black players in National Hockey League 2006
Joe Johnson Heavyweight Champion 1910
Jessie Owens Berlin Games First to win Gold Medal 1936
Alice Coachmen First African American Woman to win Gold
Medal 1948
Charlie Sifford Los Ang. Open Professional Golf Asso.
First African American to win Golf Major 1969
Althea Gibson Win Tennis Grand Slam First ! African American Woman 1956
Debbie Thomas Figure Skating First To Ever Medal In Winter Games
Tiger Woods Golf Win Complete Golf Grand Slam 2000-2001
Vonetta Flowers Two Man Bobsled First African American Woman to win Winter 2002
Games gold Medal