Top 5 African American Firsts In Sports
Total Pro Sports – First off, we here at Total Pro Sports would like to congratulate Barack Obama on his impressive victory over John Mccain. Obama will be the first ever African American President of the United States of America.
In honor of Barack Obama’s historic victory, and his love of sports, we have decided to look at the Top 5 African American firsts in sports.
1. Jackie Robinson, Baseball (MLB)
Jackie Robinson was the first man to break the color barrrier in the MLB and by doing so changed the game forever. Robinson’s legacy transcends the sport of baseball as he is one of the most influencial people in all of history. Robinson first played for the Brooklyn Dogers and eventually was inducted into the Hall of Fame. Roberto Clemente, who was the first spanish speaking player to play in the MLB, was also heavily influenced by what Robinson accomplished.
2. Fritz Pollard, Football (NFL)
Fritz Pollard was the first African American to play in the NFL. Later in his career he became a coach and also continued to play running back. In 2005 he was inducted into the Professional Football Hall of Fame. Pollard faced many obstacles during his playing days, but none greater then the ones imposed by the openly racist society in which he lived.
3. Jack Johnson, Boxing
A true trailblazer, Jack Johnson became the first African American Heavyweight Boxing World Champion. He captured the title in 1908 by defeating then Champion Tommy Burns. There have been many notable Afrcian American Champions since the days of Johnson, but he will always be remebered as the first African American Champion of the world.
4. Willie O’Ree, Hockey (NHL)
Willie O’Ree was the first Afircan American to play in the NHL. He had a short career that was started in 1958 with the Boston Bruins. His career ended in 1961 and the next year that an African American played in the league was 1974 when Mike Marson was drafted by the Washington Capitals.
5. Tiger Woods, Golf
Tiger Woods was not the first African American golfer, but he was the first to capture the prestigious Masters Championship in 1997. Woods has since gone on to dominate his sport and as left his name in the history books as one the best Golfers of all-time.