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  • Baseball
    From Black Firsts
    The first known black professional player—predating the present league organization—was pitcher John W. “Bud” Fowler [John W. Jackson] (1858?-?).
  • Basketball
    From Black Firsts
    The Rens, named after the team's home court, the Renaissance Casino in New York, was the first black professional basketball team.
  • Football
    From Black Firsts
    Frederick Douglas “Fritz” Pollard Sr. (1890–1986), a diminutive back of Brown University, became the first black to play in the Rose Bowl.
  • Olympics
    From Black Firsts
    John Baxter “Doc” Taylor Jr. (1882–1908), became the first black winner of a gold medal in the Olympics.
  • Tennis
    From Black Firsts
    The first black woman to win seven consecutive titles in the American Tennis Association was Ora Washington (1898–1971).
  • Negro League Baseball
    From Africa and the Americas: Culture, Politics, and History
    The Negro leagues, as they were commonly called, featured outstanding African American baseball players throughout approximately the first half of the twentieth century.
  • Track and Field
    From Encyclopedia of African American Society
    African American athletes have had an unparalleled, two-century history of excellence in track and field sports. Early records tell of slaves participating in foot races, jumping trials, and throwing contests on Southern plantations in the early 1800s.
  • Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC)
    From Encyclopedia of African American Society
    An athletic conference, founded in 1913 as the Southeastern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, whose members were from historically black colleges and universities.

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