There is Nothing like the First Time vol.2

Updated: July 26, 2013

NORTH CAROLINA (BASN)-There is Nothing like the First Time is a new feature on Black, where we take a proud look at the first time something took place in history. You will be shocked and amazed at the outstanding accomplishments of Black Athletes from throughout history.

1.) The first Black middleweight champion was Tiger Flowers, who won the title in New York on February 26, 1926, defeating Harry Greb in fifteen rounds.

2.) The first Black college football game was played on December 27, 1892 by Biddle University (now Johnson C.Smith University) and Livingstone College. Biddle won by a score of 5-0. At least four Black colleges fielded football teams in 1894: Howard, Lincoln (Pa.), Tuskegee and Atlanta University.

3.) The first Black lightweight champion was Joe Gans, who won the title at Fort Erie on May 12, 1902, by knocking out Frank Erne in the first round.

4.) The first African-American woman to win the Wimbledon title after Gibson was Venus Williams, who defeated her sister, Serena, in the semifinals in 2000 and went on to defeat the defending champion, Lindsay Davenport, in the woman’s final.

5.) The first golfer to hold simultaneously the world’s four major golf championships-Masters, US Open, and PGA and the British Open-was Tiger Woods who won his second Masters title by two strokes on April 9, 2001.

6.) The first Black to win a nationally recognized tennis title was Lorraine Williams, who won the junior girls’ championship in 1953.

7.) The first Black All-American from a White college was William H. Lewis of Harvard, who was selected as the center on Walter Camp’s 1892 and 1893 teams.

8.) The first Black to win a Wimbledon championship was Althea Gibson, who captured the women’s singles title in 1957 and 1958. Arthur Ashe won the men’s singles championship on July 15, 1975 , defeating Jimmy Connors.

9.) The first Black woman to win an Olympic gold medal was Alice Coachman of Albany State Teachers College, who won the running high jump in the 1948 games in London.

10.) The first Black to win a gold medal at a winter Olympics was Vonetta Flowers, who won first place with her teammates Jill Bakken in the women’s bobsled event on February 19, 2002.

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