Archive for 'Sol Butler'

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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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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