By Anthony McClean, Editor In Chief Emeritus NEW HAVEN (BASN) —...
Black Hockey And Sports Hall Of Fame Advisory Committee Announces 2006 Inductees
The five individuals will be inducted into the Hall of Fame at this year’s inaugural Black Hockey and Sports Hall of Fame Conference scheduled for August 25-27, 2006 in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.
The five inductees for 2006 are: — Attorney Jim Hornby, for his book Black Islanders (1991) In his work, Hornby documents the little known history of Black Society on Prince Edward Island from the time of the arrival of the first settlers to the present. He concentrates his story in an poor working class area known as ‘The Bog’ in Charlottetown, PEI.
Among the history that he documents in detail is the life of Boxer George Godfrey ‘Old Chocolate’ as well as the first detailed account of The West End Rangers Hockey Team -one of the first teams organized as part of The Colored Hockey League of the Maritimes. His history of the Rangers Hockey Team is the first detailed chronology of the club. Without his effort, the story of PEI sports would have been incomplete and the proud legacy of PEI participation in the Colored Hockey League would have been lost.
– Professor Bill Humber, for his efforts to document and record the role of Black Athletes in Canadian Sports. For almost two decades, Professor Humber has written about the lives and accomplishments of Black athletes in Canada. He is the first to document the lives of Hipple Galloway, Charley Lightfoot, and Bud Kelly to name a few.
Professor Humber has written ten books including: Cheering for the Home Team: The Story of Baseball In Canada (1983); Diamonds of the North: A Concise History of Baseball in Canada (1995); and his latest, A Sporting Chance: Achievements of African-Canadian Athletes (2004). Over the years, Canadians have smugly asserted their country’s more tolerant culture in race relations. As Professor Humber’s research shows, the story of African-Canadian participation in sports is far more troubling.
In reality, Canada’s record in matters of race was a disturbing blend of occasional good intentions and ugly practices. Professor Humber’s study of the Black athletic experience in Canada is not only a revealing portrait into the Canadian past, but also one more demonstration of some time-honored truths about human achievement and the necessity of the public will to provide open and fair forums for equal access to participation.
– J.R. Hooker, for his book Henry Sylvester Williams – Imperial Pan Africanist (1975). Until recently, Hooker’s book was one of only two works chronicling the life of Henry Sylvester Williams –the father of the Pan African Movement and one of the architects of the original codified dual-word meanings of the Colored Hockey League of the Maritimes.
Hooker is one of the few historians to recognize Williams’ role in early Black history and to give him recognition for early efforts to advance Black pride and societal rights. Like Williams, Hooker’s life was tragic and short-lived. He, along with his wife, perished in a house fire in Wisconsin in the 1970’s. Hooker, like Williams, also attended Dalhousie University, Halifax.
– Charles R. Saunders. Author and newspaper columnist. He is the author of Black and Bluenose: The Contemporary History of a Community (1999) as well as Share & Care: The Story of the Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children (1994). He has also written numerous articles about the history of boxing in Nova Scotia and contributed to the retrospective history The Spirit of Africville – a beautiful, poignant account of a proud African Nova Scotian community, and of the systematic neglect, ignorance and arrogance that destroyed it.
It is his book, Share & Care, that is of interest to hockey and sport historians as it chronicles the life of James A.R. Kinney, one of the founding members of the Colored Hockey League and follower of Booker T. Washington, and Kinney’s efforts to established the Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children which he founded in 1921. Share & Care is an important history inasmuch as it the story of the Canadian model based on Booker T. Washington’s Tuskegee Institute, and as such, is the final lasting legacy to the Colored Hockey League. Saunder’s work fulfills a historic need and helps us complete the story and legacy that was the Colored Hockey League.
– Spider Jones. African-Canadian Author and Sports Journalist . Canadian Boxing Hall of Fame Inductee. A grade five dropout and former gang member, Spider Jones beat the odds and turned his life around. He became a popular Toronto radio personality, a Canadian Boxing Hall of Fame inductee, an Ontario college graduate and a role model. Gang life led Spider to a violence-filled youth. As he got older, he began channeling his street smarts into boxing, ultimately winning three Golden Glove Championships. Once his distinguished boxing career was behind him, Spider realized he could translate the discipline it took to succeed in boxing into other areas of his life.
Spider went on to co-host the syndicated television show “Famous Knockouts” with boxer George Chuvalo before landing his own radio show on Toronto’s Fan 590. “The Spider’s Web” quickly became the number one overnight radio show in Canada and featured interviews with such sports greats as Muhammad Ali, Willie Mays, and Wayne Gretzky. Now with his own radio show on CFRB, Spider dedicates much of his time to speaking across North America and has written a book of his story: Out of the Darkness. His message of hope recounts his own journey from gang life to respected role model; it is the message that he embodies – that no dream is unattainable.
The Committee also announced 35 inductees to the Black Hockey And Sports Hall of Fame under the category of Ice Hockey.
This years inductees are: — Thomas “Tommy” Tynes Jr, Dartmouth Jubilees, The Colored Hockey League, born June 21, 1856.
– Fred “Freddie” Borden, Dartmouth Jubilees, The Colored Hockey League, born July, 1864.
– Adophus Francis Skinner , Halifax Eurekas, The Colored Hockey League, born Aug. 9, 1869.
– Henry Sylvester Williams, Originator Colored Hockey League Codes.
– Henry “Braces” Franklyn, Dartmouth Jubilees, The Colored Hockey League, born, 1870 –1st Modern Goaltender.
– James Paris, Africville Sea Sides, The Colored Hockey League,born Aug. 20, 1871.
– John “Jack” T. Mills, Charlottetown West End Rangers, The Colored Hockey League,born February 24, 1873.
– Norman Paris – Truro Victorias, The Colored Hockey League, born Aug. 14, 1874.
– William Carvery – Africville Sea Sides, The Colored Hockey League,Aug. 8, 1875.
– James R. Johnston, League Official The Colored Hockey League, born March 12, 1876.
– Agustus “Gus” Adams, Halifax Eurekas, The Colored Hockey League, born April 5, 1876.
– Edward A. E. Martin, Halifax Eurekas, The Colored Hockey League, born Nov. 1876. Believed to be the originator of the Slap Shot.
– George Clyke, Truro Victorias, The Colored Hockey League, born April 25, 1877.
– James Carvery, Africville Sea Sides, The Colored Hockey League, born Feb. 19, 1879.
– James A. R. Kinney, Manager Halifax Eurekas, The Colored Hockey League, born Feb. 25, 1879. President of the Colored Hockey League.
– Ansel Clyke, Truro Victorias, The Colored Hockey League, born April 8, 1891.
– James E. Dixon, Africvile Sea Sides, The Colored Hockey League, born June 3, 1882.
– Hipple “Hippo” Galloway, Woodstock, Central Ontario Hockey Association, 1899.
– Herb Carnegie, 1940s – 50s, The Quebec Aces.
– Ozzie Carnegie, 1940s – 50s, The Quebec Aces.
– Art Dorrington, The Atlantic City Seagulls – 1950s.
– Stan “Chook” Maxwell, 1950s – 60s, The Los Angeles Blades.
– Richard Lord, First black to play NCAA hockey in the United States.
– Manny McIntyre, 1940s-50s -The Quebec Aces.
– Willie O’Ree, The First Black Player in NHL -The Boston Bruins.
– Anson Carter, NHL – The Vancouver Canucks.
– Grant Fuhr, NHL -The Edmonton Oilers.
– Jarome Iginla, NHL -The Calgary Flames.
– Mike Marson, NHL – The Washington Capitals.
– Tony McKegney, NHL -The Buffalo Sabres.
– Darren Lowe, Team Canada Junior /Coach Univ. Toronto.
– John Paris, Jr., Coached Atlanta Knights (NHL Florida Panthers Farm Team).
– Bill Riley, NHL -The Washington Capitals.
– Jay Sharrers, NHL Referee.
– Graeme Townshend, The New York Islanders / NHL Scout.
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