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The Myth of the NFL’s Color Ban: Part Two

In my last post, I listed what most outside experts and historians claim are the reasons behind the NFL’s 1934 color ban – primarily, the Great Depression and George Preston Marshall. I also explained why those two justifications are a crock of hooey, post-hoc revisionist history that doesn’t pass the smell test. Okay, so what was the real reason? Well, simply put: the color ban of 1934 was merely the continuation of a direction NFL owners had been moving in since 1927. Let’s take a closer look. One Era or Two? The biggest mistake these historians make – and you’ll…

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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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African-Americans in Pro Football, 1897-1946

Duke Slater was a pioneer for African-Americans in pro football, but he wasn’t alone.  A handful of black athletes competed in pro football before World War II, and today, we take a look back at some of their groundbreaking achievements. African-Americans in Pro Football – Pre-NFL, 1897-1919 The National Football League was founded in 1920, but before that, several professional football teams were formed.  Without the benefit of an organized league, these teams nevertheless found competition with other nearby squads, and many played very respectable schedules. I mentioned in my profile on Frank Holbrook that he played in a semi-pro…

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