Rugby And Apartheid
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Jesse Owens Takes A Stand Against Nazi Germany
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When Owens returned home, he was greeted with love and support from fans of all ages and ethnic backgrounds. One person, however, didn’t care enough about Owens’ accomplishments to give him a call. President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s political party may not have appreciated giving congratulations to a black man, so Owens was ignored. He later said, “Hitler didn’t snub me; it was our president who snubbed me. The president didn’t even send a telegram.”
Black Pride At The Olympic Games
Afp/AFP/Getty ImagesAnother major moment in sports history was at the Mexico Olympic Games in 1968 when Tommie Smith and John Carlos raised their fists as a display of black pride while they were receiving their medals for first and third place, respectively. They made this gesture during the U.S. National Anthem while also wearing the Olympic Project For Human Rights badge. Although silver medalist Peter Norman didn’t have his hand raised, he too, wore the Olympic Project For Human Rights badge as a gesture of solidarity against inequality.
Lou Gehrig’s Retirement
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The Legless Football Player
Sports IllustratedBobby Martin stood at only three feet tall when he played high school football back in 2005. Martin was born without legs and uses his arms to run, and because he doesn’t have thighs, he is unable to wear prosthetic, but that didn’t stop him from playing punt and kickoff coverage as well as the varsity nose tackle.
Muhammad Ali Stripped Of Title
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Jackie Robinson Becomes A Dodger, 1947
Transcendental Graphics/Getty Images Sport Classic/Getty ImagesBack when the Dodgers were a Brooklyn team, baseball wasn’t as ethnically diverse as it is today. Jackie Robinson endured many obstacles as he made his way to major league baseball, but it was his perseverance, talent, and skill that kept him going. After signing with the Dodgers in 1947, he became the first black player on a major league team and paved the way for other players of color to step into the baseball arena, enduring death threats and being ignored almost everywhere he went by other players.
Ben Johnson’s Lifetime Ban
Romeo Gacad/AFP/Getty ImagesJamaican-born Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson had a big win at the Seoul Summer Olympic Games in 1988. He set a world record and was nicknamed the “Human Bullet.” Unfortunately for him, he later tested positive for steroids and his 1987 and 1988 titles were taken from him. Years later at the Barcelona Olympics he was allowed to return, but he again tested positive for testosterone. After that, he was banned from competing for life.
Tiger Woods Wins Masters At Once Segregated Golf Course
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Reggie Bush’s Heisman Lose
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