On this day Jim Brown was born. Brown made his mark as an American former professional football player and as an actor. He is best known for his exceptional and record-setting nine-year career as a running back for the NFL Cleveland Browns from 1957 to 1965.
Brown founded the Amer-I-Can Program where he works with kids caught up in the gang scene in Los Angeles, California and Cleveland through this Amer-I-Can program. It is a life management skills organization that operates in inner cities and prisons.
In 2002, he was named by The Sporting News as the greatest professional football player ever. He is considered to be one of the greatest professional athletes the U.S. has ever produced.
Smokin’ Joe Frazier was an Olympic and World Heavyweight Boxing Champion, active from the mid 1960s to the early 1980s. Frazier was a popular champion, reprising himself in cameo roles in several Hollywood films, and professionally is perhaps most famous for his trilogy of Heavyweight Championship fights with Muhammad Ali.
Frazier had a bullying fighting style, depending on bobbing, weaving and power punching. He is perhaps most famous for his vicious left hooks.
Muhammad Ali was a three-time World Heavyweight Champion, who is widely considered one of the greatest heavyweight championship boxers of all time. He won a gold medal at the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome. After turning professional, he went on to become the first boxer to win the lineal heavyweight championship three times.
Ali was involved in several historic boxing matches. Notable among these are three with rival Joe Frazier. Ali was well known for his unorthodox fighting style, which he described as “float like a butterfly, sting like a bee”, and employing techniques such as the rope-a-dope.
Nat King Cole was an American musician who first came to prominence as a leading jazz pianist. Although an accomplished pianist, his popular musical fame can associated to his soft baritone voice, which he used to perform in big band and jazz genres. He recorded over 30 studio albums and 10 compilations as well as being the first black American to host a television variety show. His popularity has maintained since his death on February 15, 1965.
He is widely considered one of the most important musical personalities in United States history.
The Tuskegee Airmen were the first African-American pilots in the U.S. armed forces. Beginning in 1941, select groups of extensively tested and rigorously trained African-Americans were trained at The Tuskegee Institute in Alabama.
The Tuskegee Airmen went on to fight in World War II as the 332nd Fighter Group of the US Army Air Corps. They were particularly successful in their missions as bomber escorts in Europe.
On February 13, 1970, Joseph L. Searles III became the first black floor member and floor broker in the New York Stock Exchange. He worked as a floor partner in the firm of Neburger, Loeb and Company.
On this day back in 1909 the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in New York City by a group of black and white citizens committed to social justice.
NAACP is the nation’s largest and strongest civil rights organization with its main objective being to ensure the political, educational, social and economic equality of minority group citizens of United States and eliminate race prejudice. The NAACP seeks remove all barriers of racial discrimination through democratic processes.
Alex Haley was one of America’s greatest biographers, scriptwriter and author who became famous with the publication of the novel ROOTS, which covered seven American generations as they are taken slaves to the United States. The book was adapted to television series, and woke up an interest in genealogy, particularly among African-Americans.
Haley once said that Roots was not so much history as it was a study of mythmaking.
“What Roots gets at in whatever form, is that it touches the pulse of how alike we human beings are when you get down to the bottom, beneath these man-imposed differences.”
Haley also penned other spenid books like The Autobiography of Malcolm X.
Ronald H. Brown, attorney and political leader, was elected chairman of the Democratic National Committee on this day, becoming the first Black in U.S. history to be elected head of a major national political party and a playing a pivotal role in the Clinton presidential campaign.
Brown went on to be appointed U.S. Commerce secretary in the Clinton administration, the first Black in that post as well. Tragically he died in 1996 when he and 32 others died in a plane crash while on a diplomatic mission in Croatia.
On this day Satchel Paige was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1971, the first player to be inducted from the Negro leagues. He pitched in both the Negro leagues and in Major League Baseball and the oldest rookie to play Major League Baseball at the age of 42 debuting for the Cleveland Indians. He played with the St. Louis Browns until age 47 and represented them in the Major League All-Star Game in both 1952 and 1953. His professional playing career lasted from 1926 until 1966.
On this day, daytime and TV icon Oprah Winfrey becomes the first African American woman to host a nationally syndicated talk show in 1986. Her talk show has become the highest-rated program of its kind in history. It’s lead her to be ranked the richest African American of the 20th century and beyond and was once the world’s only black billionaire.
Winfrey experienced considerable hardship during her childhood, including being raped at the age of nine and becoming pregnant at 14; her son died in infancy. Winfrey later landed a job in radio while still in high school and began co-anchoring the local evening news at the age of 19. After boosting a third-rated local Chicago talk show to first place, she launched her own production company and became internationally syndicated.
The rest the say is history.
Carter G. Woodson created Negro History week on on this date back in 1926, in 1976 it became Black History Month.
Woodson was a historian, author, journalist and the founder of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. He was one of the first scholars to value and study Black History. He recognized and acted upon the importance of a people having an awareness and knowledge of their contributions to humanity and left behind an impressive legacy.
On this date tennis great and leader of social causes Arthur Ashe died from complications from AIDS he contracted from a blood transfusion. A sad day indeed but one we can look back and celebrate a veteran of the U.S. Army, AIDS activist, founder for the Institute for Urban Health, Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year and winner of three time grand slam titles.
Arthur, was an active civil rights supporter was a member of a delegation of that visited South Africa to helped with political change in the country as it approached racial integration. He was arrested on January 11, 1985, for protesting outside the South African embassy in Washington, D.C. during an anti-apartheid rally and on September 9, 1992, outside the White House for protesting on the crackdown on Haitian refugees.
Ashe also famously said “Success is a journey, not a destination.”
On this day Hank Aaron, one of baseballs elite on and off, was born. The man they called “Hammerin’ Hank” career spanned the from the years 1954 through 1976, played for the Milwaukee and Atlanta Braves in the National League, and his last two years (1975–76) with the Milwaukee Brewers in the American League.
His most notable achievement was setting the MLB record for most career home runs with 755, which he held for 33 years until being surpassed by San Francisco Giants outfielder Barry Bonds on August 7, 2007.
He is the only player to hit 30 or more home runs in a season at least fifteen times. He is also one of only four players to have at least seventeen seasons with 150 or more hits. Aaron made the All-Star team every year from 1955 until 1975 and won three Gold Glove Awards. Aaron holds the MLB records for the most career runs batted in (2,297), the most career extra base hits (1,477), and the most career total bases (6,856). Aaron is also in the top five for career hits with 3,771 (third) and runs with 2,174, which is tied for fourth with Babe Ruth).
In 1957, he won the National League Most Valuable Player Award and helped the Milwaukee franchise to a World Series victory.
On this day civil rights activist Rosa Parks, whom the U.S. Congress later called the “Mother of the Modern-Day Civil Rights Movement”, was born.
On December 1, 1955 in Montgomery, Alabama, Parks, age 42, refused to obey bus driver James Blake’s order that she give up her seat to make room for a white passenger and her actions eventually fueled the Montgomery Bus Boycott.
Parks act of defiance became an important symbol of the modern Civil Rights Movement and Parks became an international icon of resistance to racial segregation.
When Former New York Giants/San Francisco Giants, St. Louis Cardinals, and Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Bill White was named president of the National League. He became the first African American to head a major sports league. White served as president of the National League from 1989 to 1994.
In his playing career White was a 7 time Gold Glove Award winner, 5 time All-Star, and was a vital piece to the Cardinals winning the World Series in 1964.
If you went anywhere by the way of a vehicle today you can thank Edmond Berger, you see he invented the spark plug back 1839. Spark plugs are used in internal combustion engines and carries electrodes to form a spark for igniting the fuel. So thank you Berger for helping get my fat ass around a lot easy.
Speaking of being a fat ass, if your a fan of ice cream, write a thank you letter to A.L. Cralle who in 1897 created the ice cream scoop making it easier to pack on the pounds.
In the tradition of Black History Month the first day honors goes to the 44th President of the United States and 2009 Noble Peace Prize recipient Barack Obama.
Usually our Black History fun fact edition is done over the airwaves however this year we bring it to you online. So be sure to check back everyday to get your fun facts from a white guy on Black History Month.
One final note is the word, Bro, will be stricken from the English dictionary for the next 28 days.
Sports Grind Entertainment would like to thank everyone that stopped by at the 1604 & Blanco HEB Plus to meet up with San Antonio Spurs Roger Mason Jr. plus a big thank you to all that stopped by and extended their kind words and support to Calvin Casey, Rudy J and myself. Thank you again.
Sports Grind Entertainment and VENOM Bring you San Antonio Spurs superstar Roger Mason Jr. on Tuesday, January 26th from 6:00pm – 8:30pm. Stop by with your jerseys, posters or a basketball and get an autograph at the HEB location #39 off 1604 & Blanco in San Antonio on Tuesday, January 26th.
Sports Grind Entertainment will be live from 6:00pm – 7:00pm and the Roger Mason Jr meet in greet will be from 7:00pm -8:30pm.
The 2009 Monday Night Football season came to a close last night with a thrilling game, or at least the second half was, and that means it’s time to hand the Monday Night Football Championship belt over to Rudy J. The 2009 season was closest ever in the history of Sports Grind Entertainment, doing this since 2004, and it needed the final game of the year to decided a winner between Rudy J and myself.
The final records for everyone involved was:
Rudy J 9-5
As with every year the winner gets the distinction of being number 1, a round of drinks, and along with winning our side wager, this year it was a brand new iPod touch.
Sports Grind Entertainment Wishes You A Merry Christmas. We will be back tomorrow with our normal posting.
That’s right Sports Grind Entertainment who’s already brought you Orlando Scandrick, Tashard Choice of the Dallas Cowboys during the season is at it again. This time we bring you Sam Hurd and want you to stop on by for an autograph at the 8318 Broadway Express Lube location between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. It’s happening one day only though.
Sports Grind Entertainment would like to wish you and your families a Happy Thanksgiving and for you to also keep our soldiers here and abroad in your hearts and minds this holiday season. If you went out of town for this week, have a safe travel back.
The site will still be updated daily during this holiday time; however there will be no live Sports Grind Entertainment Show’s until Monday. Don’t forget this Tuesday we will be out at Express Lube off of 410 and Broadway, with Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Sam Hurd. So, stop on by for an autograph!
Since it’s that time of the year of giving, I want to give back to 210 area code and let all the fellow McRib lovers know that it’s back. Let’s just say I know people and the patty’s are in the freezers, the McRib button is installed on the registers and now it should be in your stomachs.