Black Hockey And Sports Hall Of Fame Baseball Nominees Announced

By Tony McClean
Updated: June 27, 2006

Jackie Robinson (circa 1946)

Jackie Robinson (circa 1946)

NEW YORK — The 2006 Black Hockey And Sports Hall Of Fame Advisory Committee have announced the nominees for the Black Hockey And Sports Hall of Fame under the category of Baseball. A total of 20 players have been nominated.

Five players 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 will be announced on July 1st.

This year’s nominees are: Bud Fowler – Petrolia Ontario, 1881; Alex Ross* -Northern Michigan , 1887-1889; Hipple “Hippo” Galloway* – The Cuban Giants, 1899; Ollie Johnson* -The Cuban Giants, 1916; Jimmy Claxton* -The Oakland Oaks, 1916.

John Joseph Evans*- Walker House, 1927; Luther “Shanty” Clifford, Brantford Red Sox, 1951; Wilmer “Red” Fields, Brantford Red Sox, 1951; Jimmy “Seabiscuit” Wilkes*, Newark Eagles, 1945; John Wright, Montreal Royals, 1946.

Jackie Robinson – Montreal Royals, 1946; Ferguson Jenkins* – Philadelphia Phillies , 1965; Tony Fernandez – Toronto Blue Jays, 1984; George Bell – Toronto Blue Jays, 1984; Andre Dawson – Montreal Expos, 1977.

Felipe Alou – Montreal Expos, 1973; Roberto Alomar – Toronto Blue Jays, 1990; Clarence “Cito” Gaston – Toronto Blue Jays, 1989; Joe Carter –Toronto Blue Jays, 1990; Dave Winfield –Toronto Blue Jays, 1992.

The Black Hockey and Sports Hall Of Fame Conference scheduled for August 25-27, 2006, in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada is designed to be a forum for the celebration, promotion, and understanding of the Black Athlete and his or her role in North American Society.

The Conference offers scholars and students of Black Sports History a chance to come together for the purposes of meeting and networking all the while engaging intellectual dialogue through comparative discussions and scholarly debate on various topics pertaining to the history of Black Sports.

Topics may include, but are not limited to the Black experience in terms of individual athletes, their achievements and life histories, their struggles for self- identity, their gender, individual self-labor, the role of slavery and its impact on sports and individuals, the role of religion, the educational process, and Black nationalism.

It is hoped that this conference will eventually lead to the creation of a permanent Black Hockey and Sports Hall of Fame in Nova Scotia and in doing so, will usher in a new era of ideas and discussions on the historic evolution of North American Sports and the important role that Black Men and Women have played in reshaping American and Canadian sporting cultures.