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Duke Slater Review – Gary Dolphin

On September 13, 2012, I appeared on Gary Dolphin‘s radio show, The Dolph Report.  We had a terrific time talking about my new book, Duke Slater. Dolphin started the interview by mentioning my motivations for writing the book.  We talked briefly about my feeling that Duke Slater has not received the recognition he deserves as a great player and racial pioneer in sports. Dolph confessed that at the time of the interview, he was only halfway through the book.  Honestly, I was pretty impressed, because I can only imagine how busy the Voice of the Hawkeyes is during the fall…

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Ninety years ago today, on October 1, 1922, Duke Slater became the first African-American lineman to play in the National Football League.  The site was Rock Island, Illinois, where Slater’s Rock Island Independents played their first game of the 1922 season.  Slater, a rookie, earned a start at right tackle for the Independents.  Their opponents that day were the Green Bay Packers, led by iconic quarterback Curly Lambeau. Rock Island was led in 1922 by their own star quarterback, Jim Conzelman.  The game between Rock Island and Green Bay was a back-and-forth affair, with Conzelman and Lambeau constantly outperforming the other. Slater’s…

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