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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 Videos: The Fame of the Black and Gold

In another installment of Hawkeye Videos, here are three Duke Slater video clips for Hawk fans to enjoy! Duke Slater, All-American Because Duke Slater retired from the NFL over eighty years ago, it’s exceedingly difficult to find video footage of the football legend.  I have looked everywhere for film of Duke, but so far, I have only been able to uncover one short clip where Slater is clearly identifiable. In 1946, a nationwide poll of 600 sportswriters, coaches, and other critics named Slater an all-time All-American.  The honorees were recognized at an exhibition game between the Chicago Bears and New…

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Hawkeyes Revisited: Duke Slater

I wrote a book with over 220 pages about Duke Slater, so I could talk about him all day.  In terms of contributions to the Hawkeye athletic department, on the field and off, Duke Slater is, in my opinion, the greatest Hawkeye athlete of all time.  There are so many facets and aspects to his contributions to American sports that it seems impossible to cover them all.  But in this edition of Hawkeyes Revisited, I’m going to try to give you a quick overview of one of the most remarkable athletes of the twentieth century. Duke Slater Frederick Wayman Slater was…

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