Olympic track and field star Carl Lewis was born in Willingboro, New Jersey.
First Black heavyweight champion, Jack Johnson successfully defended his heavyweight championship by knocking out Jim "The Great White Hope"... Continue →
Arthur Ashe makes history by becoming the first African American male to win the men's single title at Wimbledon, defeating Jimmy Connors.
Baseball legend Satchel Paige was born in Mobile, Alabama.
Venus Williams wins her second straight Wimbledon Women's Singles Championship. Venus is the first woman to win consecutive Wimbledon Championships... Continue →
Floyd Patterson is defeated by Sony Liston and loses his world heavyweight title, 1963
Baseball great Jackie Robinson was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Thomas "Hit Man" Hearns wins the WBA Welterweight title. This is one of five weight classes that he has won a boxing title making him the first Black... Continue →
Evelyn Ashford wins a gold medal in the 100-meter race and Edwin Moses wins a gold medal in the 400 meter hurdles in the Summer Olympic Games in Los... Continue →
Jesse Owens wins four gold medals in the Berlin Olympics, 1936
Basketball great Wilton "Wilt the Stilt" Chamberlain born in Philadelphia.
Professional baseball player, Frank Robinson was named MVP of the American League, 1966
On Sept. 6, 1960 Rafer Johnson won the Olympic Decathlon, the first for an African American.
Tennis champion, Althea Gibson, becomes the first Black athlete to win a US national tennis championship, 1957
Arthur Ashe became the first winner of the U.S. Open Tennis Championship, defeating Tom Okker of the Netherlands at Forest Hills Stadium, New York.
Lou Brock stole a record of 935th bases and became the all-time major league record holder.
Tennis sensation Serena Williams born on this date.
Mabel Fairbanks, 85, the first black women to be inducted into the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame died following a long illness. Fairbanks coached... Continue →
Mike Powell broke the world long jump world record when he jumped 8.95 meters at a meet in Tokyo. The previous mark-8.90 meters-was set by Bob Beamon... Continue →
Elgin Baylor announces his retirement from the Los Angeles Lakers. After 14 years in the NBA, Baylor had scored 23,149 points, the third highest in... Continue →
Basketball legend, Wilt Chamberlain, died today at age 63.
World long jump was beat by Bob Beamon, record at 29 ft, 2.5 in at the Mexico City Olympics
Death of Jack Roosevelt ("Jackie") Robinson (53), first Black in major leagues in twentieth century, in Stamford, Connecticut.
Evander Holyfield knocks out James "Buster" Douglas in the third round to become the undisputed world heavyweight champion.
Muhammad Ali regains world heavyweight boxing title.
On this date in 1957,Charlie Sifford became the first Black person to win a major professional golf tournament, By winning the Long Beach Open
New York Mets pitcher, Dwight Gooden won the Cy Young Award making him the youngest pitcher ever to win this prestigious award.
On this day, the US Golf Association bans racial & gender discrimination.
Roy Campanella was named most valuable player of the National Baseball League for the second time, 1953
Ohio State running back Archie Griffin becomes the first person ever to win the Heisman Trophy twice. He will play for the Cincinnati Bengals and be... Continue →
Marcus Allen, tailback for the Univ of Southern California, wins the Heisman Trophy
George Rogers is awarded the Heisman Trophy
Johnny Rodgers is awarded the Heisman Trophy
O.J. Simpson set an NFL record of 2003 rushing yards in one season.
Michael Jordan is named 1991 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year
Julius Erving scores his 25,000th career point, becoming the ninth professional basketball player to achieve this mark.
Michael Jordan announce his second retirement from the NBA and the most illustrious career of any professional sports figure to date.
Muhammad Ali(Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr), 57 former heavyweight champion boxer. Born Lousivlle, Ky. Jan,17, 1942.
Jackie Robinson was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Arthur Ashe, first Black male to win Wimbledon, is denied entry to compete on the US Team for the South African Open tennis championships due to... Continue →
Leroy "Satchel" Paige, major league baseball player, named all-time outstanding player by National Baseball Congress
Washington Redskins quarterback Doug Williams, the first African American quarterback to play in a Super Bowl game, is named MVP in Super Bowl XXII.
Figure skater Debi Thomas became the first African American to win the Women's Singles of the U.S. National Figure Skating Championship competition,... Continue →
Joe Frazier knocked out Jimmy Ellis in the second round of their New York fight and became the world heavyweight boxing champion.
On this day in 1962, "Wilt the Stilt" Chamberlain scored 100 points in a single basketball game-a professional record that still stands today. He... Continue →
Jackie Roosevelt Robinson made his professional debut as a member of the Montreal Royals in the Daytona Beach ballpark that now bears his name. One... Continue →
Bill Russell named head coach of the Boston Celtics, becoming the first African American to coach an NBA team.
Football star Earl Campbell was born in Tyler, Texas.
Henry ("Hank") Aaron broke Babe Ruth's major league baseball record, by hitting his 715th home run in a game at Atlanta stadium.
Sugar Ray Robinson, five-time winner of the world middleweight boxing championship and unbeaten welterweight champion, dies.
Eldrick Tiger Woods wins the 61st Masters Tournament in Augustus,Georgia at the age of 21 becoming the youngest person to ever win this tournament.
Tiger Woods wins his third Masters Golf title and becomes only the second person ever to win two of the titles in a row.
Jordan scores 63 points against Boston Celtics.
World Boxing Association and New York State Athletic Commission withdrew recognition of Muhammad Ali as world heavyweight boxing champion because of... Continue →
On this date in 1892, George "Little Chocolate" Dixon defeats Jack Skelly in New Orleans to win the world featherweight title. While some African... Continue →
On this date in 1952, Floyd Patterson's first professional fight took place. He was the first to hold the world heavyweight championship twice.
On this date in 1947, First Black baseball player in the major leagues, Jackie Robinson, named National League Rookie of the Year.
On this date in 1913, James Cleveland Owens, better known as Jesse Owens, winner of four gold medals at the Summer Olympic Games in Berlin, was born
On this date in 1967, Track star Michael Johnson was born today
On this date in 1987, the famous boxer Thomas "Hit Man" Hearns becomes the first Black man to win boxing titles in five different weight classes.
On this date in 1978, Muhammad Ali, was the first black prizefight to gross more than a five-million dollars gate in the bout at the Louisiana... Continue →
ON this date in 1937, Negro Baseball League player, Orlando Cepeda was born.
ON this date in 1904, Negro Baseball League player, William Hendrick "Bill" Foster was born. was an American left-handed pitcher in baseball's Negro... Continue →
On this date in 1990, Atlanta, Ga., led by Mayor Maynard H. Jackson, is selected as the site of the XXV Olympiad Summer Games.
On this date in 1919, Fritz Pollard becomes the first black to play Professional football for a major team, the Akron Indians. Pollard was also the... Continue →
On this date in 1962, Sonny Liston knocks out Floyd Patterson in the first round to become the world heavyweight boxing champion
ON this date in 1886, Peter "The Black Prince" Jackson wins the Australian heavyweight title, becoming the very first Black man to win a national... Continue →
On this date in 1950, Ezzard Charles defeated Joe Louis in heavyweight championship fight in New York City.
ON this day in 1991, Michael Jordan lead Chicago Bulls in win over L.A. Lakers in five games to capture his first NBA Championship.
On thus day in 1990, Bernadette Locke becomes the first female on-court coach when she is named assistant coach of the University of Kentucky men's... Continue →
On this date in 1964, Arthur Ashe, first Black male to win Wimbledon, becomes first Black person named to the US Davis Cup team.
On this date in 1962, Joe Black becomes the first black pitcher to win a World Series game. The Dodgers defeated the New York Yankees 4-2. Black was... Continue →
On this date in 1974, Frank Robinson named manager of the Cleveland Indians and became the first Black manager in the major leagues.
On this date in 1974, Professional baseball player, Frank Robinson,becomes the manager of the Cleveland Indians and the first Black manager of a... Continue →
On this date in 1916, Sophomore tackle Paul Robeson is excluded from the Rutgers football team when Washington and Lee University refused to play... Continue →
On this date in 1969, Wyomia Tyus becomes the first person to win a gold medal in the 100 meter race in two consecutive Olympic games.
ON this date in 1968, John Carlos and Tommie Smith staged Black Power demonstration on victory stand after winning 200-meter event at Olympics in... Continue →
ON this date in 1945, Actor, singer, athlete and activist, Paul Robeson, receives Spingarn Medal, 1945
On this date in 1989, Bertram M. Lee and Peter C.B. Bynoe sign an agreement to purchase the National Basketball Association's Denver Nuggets for $54... Continue →
On this date in 1950, Charles Cooper joins the NBA and becomes one of the first Blacks to play in an NBA game.
On this date in 1950, Nat Clifton joins the NBA and becomes one of the first Blacks to play in an NBA game.
ON this date in 1940, in Tres Coracoes, in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais, Edson Arantes do Nascimento, generally known as Pelé, is born.
On this dated in 1974, Muhammad Ali defeated George Foreman for heavyweight boxing title in Zaire.
On this date in 1893, Football player, William Henry Lewis, named All-American.
On this date in 1981, Zena Garrison becomes the 1st African American player to win the junior singles tennis championship at Wimbledon, England
On this date in 1961, Ernie Davis became the first African American to win the Heisman Trophy.
On this date in 1989, Andre Ware of the University of Houston becomes the first African American quarterback to win the Heisman Trophy.
On this date in 1912, Henry Armstrong, the only boxer to hold three boxing titles simultaneously, is born in Columbus, Ohio
On this date in 1997, Grambling coach,Eddie Robinson who is the winningest coach in college football history, coaches his last game.
On this date in 1892, Livingstone and Biddle College (now Johnson C. Smith) play the first African American intercollegiate football game.