Author: Black College Nines

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…

Bert Simmons (NC A&T) – Negro League Star Passes Away

As much as possible, I like to keep this site dedicated to the historical aspect of HBCU baseball and to black pioneers of college ball. Since sometimes historical data on HBCU ballplayers from the mid-twentieth century and before is sketchy,…

Ralph Garr (Grambling) – More than a “Face in the Crowd”

America’s baseball population was first introduced to a young Ralph Garr when he appeared in Sports Illustrated’s “Faces in the Crowd” section of its June 26, 1967 issue.   The national recognition capped a brilliant senior season at Grambling College in…

2009 HBCU Freshmen All-Americans

Congratulations to the following ballplayers representing HBCU schools who were recently named Louisville Slugger Freshman All-Americans: Eduardo Gonzalez, Alcorn St. — Named Freshman of The Year in the Southwestern Athletic Conference and a second team league pick, he hit .419…