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Westley Sissel “Wes” Unseld

March 14th in African American History – Westley Sissel “Wes” Unseld

March 14, 1946 Westley Sissel “Wes” Unseld, hall of fame basketball player, was born in Louisville, Kentucky. Unseld played college basketball for three years beginning in 1965 with the University of Louisville where he was an All-American. He was selected in the first round of the 1968 NBA Draft by the Baltimore Bullets. That year, […]

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Leon Day

March 13th in African American History – Leon Day

March 13, 1995 Leon Day, pitcher in the Negro Baseball League, died. Day was born October 30, 1916 in Alexandria, Virginia and made his professional debut in 1934. Day was one of the top pitchers in the Negro Leagues from the mid-1930s through the 1940s. From 1935 to 1946, he appeared in a record seven […]

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Kirby Puckett

March 6th in African American History – Kirby Puckett

March 6, 2006 Kirby Puckett, hall of fame baseball player, died. Puckett was born March 14, 1960 in Chicago, Illinois and won All-American honors for baseball while in high school. He was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in 1982 and made his Major League debut in 1984. Over his 12 season Major League career, Puckett […]

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Charles Wilber “Bullet” Rogan

March 4th in African American History – Charles Wilber “Bullet” Rogan

March 4, 1967 Charles Wilber “Bullet” Rogan, hall of fame pitcher and outfielder, died. Rogan was born July 28, 1893 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and lied about his age to enlist in the Army in 1911. He was honorably discharged in 1914 but re-enlisted to play for the all-black Army baseball team. He began his […]

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Eddie Perkins

March 3rd in African American History – Eddie Perkins

March 3, 1937 Eddie Perkins, hall of fame boxer, was born in Clarksdale, Mississippi but raised in Chicago, Illinois. Perkins started boxing professionally in 1956 and was willing to fight anyone anywhere. Over his career, he fought in 23 countries and Puerto Rico. Perkins won the World Lightweight championship in 1962, lost it later that […]

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Jacqueline Joyner-Kersee

March 3rd in African American History – Jacqueline Joyner-Kersee

March 3, 1962 Jacqueline Joyner-Kersee, three-time Olympic Gold Medal winner, was born in East St. Louis, Illinois. Joyner-Kersee attended the University of California at Los Angeles from 1980 to 1984, where she starred in both track and field and basketball. She competed at four Olympic Games, the 1984 Los Angeles Games where she won the […]

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Marshall William Faulk

February 26th in African American History – Marshall William Faulk

February 26, 1973 Marshall William Faulk, hall of fame football player, was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. Faulk played collegiate football at San Diego State University and was a three-time First-team All-American. He skipped his senior year and was selected by the Indianapolis Colts in the 1994 NFL Draft. That year he was the NFL […]

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