Author: Black College Nines

When HBCUs Dominated NAIA Baseball – Part 3

While looking through the Official NCAA Baseball Guide of 1973 for some unrelated material, I stumbled across a stat that I had not included in any of my previous updates on the good old days when HBCU’s dominated NAIA baseball. Inadvertently…

Southern University’s “Throwback Game” Weekend

The memory of Negro League baseball is alive and well in Baton Rouge, Louisiana one weekend every spring when rival Grambling State University comes to town to face host, Southern University. This year’s series will be played on Saturday, April…

Kenny Washington (UCLA)

For me, it is interesting to realize that the man who broke baseball’s “color barrier” was not even the first at his college to break that same  barrier… nor was he the best on the UCLA Bruins’ ball club. When…

Harry Ward (Wilberforce)

Today, legends are born and perpetuated much easier than ever before. In a world before the internet and even further back to a time without television, heroes were created with the recording of  their exploits by newspaper writers and radio broadcasters. The…

Pete Barnes (Southern U)

It must take quite an athlete to twice earn All-American status in two different sports… no matter at what level of college athletics he or she performs. Such was the case with former NFL linebacker, Peter Barnes of Southern University. Not…

When HBCUs Dominated NAIA Baseball – Part 1

I recently emailed the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) asking for year-end stats from 1957 through 1969.  Back when I was a volunteer sports information director for baseball at (then) Ohio Dominican College, I had collected stats from 1970…