Black in the Day…The Youngest to Ever Do It

November 13, 1985: On this day Dwight Gooden, pitcher for the NY Mets, won the NL Cy Young Award. By doing so, he became the youngest pitcher in history to win the award. Dwight Eugene “Doc” Gooden (born November 16, 1964), nicknamed “Dr. K”, is an American former professional baseball pitcher who played 16 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB). Gooden pitched from 1984 to 1994 and from 1996 to 2000 for the New York Mets, New York Yankees, Cleveland Indians, Houston Astros, and Tampa Bay Devil Rays. In a career spanning 430 games, he pitched ​2,800 2⁄3 innings and posted a win–loss record of 194–112,…

Black in the Day…The Godfather of Golf

November 10, 1957: On this day Charlie Sifford wins the Long Beach Open becoming the first Black man to win a major professional golf tournament. Sifford was born in Charlotte, North Carolina, in 1922.[2] He began work as a caddy at the age of thirteen.[3] He moved to Philadelphia when he was 17 years old, where he played against local black golfers.[4] Sifford began golfing professionally in 1948.[5] He competed in the golf tournaments that black golfers organized for themselves as they were excluded from the Professional Golfers’ Association of America (PGA). Sifford won the United Golf Association‘s National…

Breaking: NCAA Denies Potential Top Draft Pick James Wiseman Eligibility at Memphis

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN broke the news this afternoon in a tweet: James Wiseman is a potential overall number 1 NBA Draft Pick this season and Penny Hardaway coaches Memphis. Penny has been one of the nation’s top recruiters since arriving on the scene at Memphis. Wiseman would have been a 6 or 7 year old 11 years ago and there is no rational reason why the NCAA should associate Penny doing a good deed for the young man’s family a decade ago with Penny trying to recruit Wiseman in…

Black in the Day…An Olympic First

November 6, 1880: On this day, the first Black person to ever win an Olympic medal was born. George Coleman Poage (November 6, 1880 – April 11, 1962) was the first African-American athlete to win a medal in the Olympic Games, winning two bronze medals at the 1904 games in St. Louis. George Poage ran track in the 1904 Olympic games and was the first African American to ever win an Olympic medal. Poage was born in Hannibal, Missouri on November 6, 1880, but spent most of his childhood growing up in La Crosse, Wisconsin.…

Black in the Day…Where Everybody is Somebody

November 1, 1901: On this date Grambling State University was founded. Grambling State University opened on November 1, 1901 as the Colored Industrial and Agricultural School. It was founded by the North Louisiana Colored Agriculture Relief Association, organized in 1896 by a group of African-American farmers who wanted to organize and operate a school for African Americans in their region of the state. Grambling State University (GSU, Grambling, or Grambling State) is a historically black public university in Grambling, Louisiana. The university is home of the Eddie G. Robinson Museum and is listed on the Louisiana African American Heritage…