Archive for 'Eddie Vincent'

African-Americans in Hawkeye Sports, 1895-1961

The University of Iowa has a long and noteworthy history of providing athletic opportunities for African-Americans, particularly during times when such opportunities were uncommon elsewhere.  As part of Black History Month, I think it’s important to take a look at some of these pioneers for African-Americans in Hawkeye sports and recognize their accomplishments. African-Americans in Hawkeye Sports – The First Three The first three African-American athletes I’ve been able to identify from the University of Iowa were Frank Holbrook, Archie Alexander, and Duke Slater. Frank Holbrook, who I discussed indepth in a previous post, was Iowa’s first black athlete, lettering for the Hawkeye…

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Hawkeye Flashback: 1953 Notre Dame

People have asked me who I’ll be rooting for in the BCS National Championship game on January 7.  On one side, you have Alabama and all the SEC fans who think they’re better than everyone else.  On the other side, there’s Notre Dame, and all their fans who think they’re better than everyone else. You’d think it would be a tough choice, but I’d much rather see the Crimson Tide come away with a victory.  For one thing, at least the SEC’s arrogance is rooted in recent success on the field.  Notre Dame has made headlines and looked down on…

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Cal Jones Documentary

One of the things I’m really excited about this fall is the upcoming documentary on Hawkeye standout Calvin Jones! Cal Jones First, a little background on Cal.  Calvin Jack Jones was born in Steubenville, Ohio, as the youngest of seven children.  Cal’s father died when Cal was about one year old, so Cal’s mother, Tabitha Jones, raised Cal and his six older siblings. Cal Jones was a dominant lineman for the Hawkeyes from 1953-1955.  Along with his two childhood friends, Eddie Vincent and Frank Gilliam (collectively nicknamed the “Steubenville Trio”), the three Ohio natives helped usher in one of the great eras…

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