This piece was quite difficult to put together, in the fact that there are so many great talented African-American athletes who have in their own way, made their mark on history in their various sports of expertise, so it was a bit troublesome in selecting only three from the many thousands. Nevertheless, come with me as we take a look at some of the greatest African-American sporting figures that came through the ages.
Sugar Ray Robinson
Born Walker Smith Jr. on May 3, 1921, Sugar Ray Robinson is to this day considered to be one of the all-time greats in the world of boxing. Winning his first 40 fights after turning pro in 1940, he was said to be “pound for pound” the best. This was proven after won the welterweight and middleweight titles becoming the first to win a divisional world championship five times. In his 25 year career he totaled 175 wins, 110 knockouts and just 5 losses.
This great golfer, born in 1975 in Cypress, California, Eldrick Tont “Tiger” Woods won the US Masters Title in 1997, with a record breaking score at the tender age of 21, to become the first African-American and also the youngest man to earn such a prestigious title. Since then he has struggled to get back to peak performance, after sitting out seasons due to injury concerns and the loss of his dad among other personal problems began to arise. However, that is nothing to damper his accomplishments such as winning PGA Player of the Year 10 times and winning 13 majors along the way.
Born in the country of Ghana in 1989, Freddy began playing soccer as a youngster. Migrating to America at the age of 8, his love for the game kept him working on his craft which eventually saw him joining the under 17 national team at only 12 years old. He made history in 2004, when he signed for major league team DC United and was marked as the youngest player to join a major league team in 115 years.
There you have it, a relatively in depth look at a few African-American sporting greats coming down through the decades. Still a lot that was not mentioned about these three, and still a lot yet to be told about the future generation of athletes. Slowly but surely, they are all moving up the ranks to earn their rightful place the history books.