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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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Carl Cain

(This is part of a special series on Hawkeye Olympic medalists.) Hawkeyes have competed in five different Olympic sports, but the most uncommon is men’s basketball.  Only two Hawkeye basketball players have participated in the Olympic Games, and both of them were members of the 1956 Olympic team.  One of those Hawkeyes was Carl Cain, one of Iowa’s Fabulous Five. Carl Cain Carl Cain grew up in Freeport, Illinois, just down the street from McKinley “Deacon” Davis.  Davis was a year older than Cain, and together they led Freeport to the 1951 Illinois High School state basketball championship.  Iowa head basketball coach Bucky O’Connor…

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