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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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Below is the full review that George Wine wrote on December 12, 2010, about Hawkeye Greats By the Numbers: “Hey, Hawkeye fans, here’s a question for you. Who was the greatest Iowa football or men’s basketball player to wear No. 5 on his jersey? Was it Drew Tate, Sedrick Shaw, or Andre Woolridge? Who was the best to wear No. 15? Was it Don Nelson, Willie Fleming, or Duke Slater? How about No. 44? Dallas Clark, Glenn Vidnovic, Greg Brunner, or Kevin Kunnert? You’ll find the answer to those questions in a new book titled Hawkeye Greats, By the Numbers, by Lyle Hammes,…

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