Duquesne honors Chuck Cooper, among first blacks in NBA, by staging inaugural Chuck Cooper Classic, a hoops doubleheader featuring HBCU teams. How cool is that?
Henry “Hank” DeZonie, who was a star basketball player with the Harlem Yankees, New York Renaissance, Dayton Rens of the National Basketball League, and Tri-Cities Blackhawks of the National Basketball Association, died January 2, 2009, at Lenox Hill Hospital in Harlem. He would have been 87 years old yesterday.
Isaacs’ biggest contributions came well after his playing days ended. For decades, he mentored youth in the South Bronx at the Madison Square Boys and Girls Club, the kids not aware at all (usually, until they saw him on TV) that the still-fit elderly man was a trailblazer and a vocal critic of the conditions he and his teammates had to endure, on and off the court. Future NBA legends like Tiny Archibald came through the Madison Square Club as kids, shaped by Isaacs’ big voice and reservoir of stories.
Today is the anniversary of the first black players to play in the N.B.A. From the Chester (Pa.) Times, on October 20, 1950: Several Negro basketball stars will be members of the teams in the National Basketball Association for the first time this winter. Nat (Sweetwater) Clifton of the Harlem Globetrotters, and Chuck Cooper, Duquesne [...]
Western Pennsylvania Politics People here are honest, hard working, no-nonsense folks. In order of priority they love the Steelers and football first, then everything else. Money and labor issues are big. Racial issues matter, but they aren’t as important as others make them (see below). And that was clear to me even before this New [...]