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The Great Black Hope

Jan 31 2011
Instructions
Photo, African American baseball players [...] Library of Congress

Part of the history of race relations in 20th-century America was the progressive entry of African Americans into sports where they competed professionally with white players. How much do you know about this story?


  1. In 1900, the highest paid athlete in America was:
    A.

    Baseball player Honus Wagner, who played shortstop with the Pittsburgh Pirates

    B.

    Football player William "Pudge" Heffelfinger, who played with the Allegheny Athletic Association

    C.

    Bicycle sprint racer Marshall "Major" Taylor, who competed independently

    D.

    Auto racer and builder Frank Duryea


  2. The first African American to play in a Professional Golfers' Association (PGA) event was:
    A.

    Pro golfer Lee Elder, in 1961

    B.

    Pro golfer Bill Spiller, in 1952

    C.

    Pro boxer Joe Louis, in 1956

    D.

    Pro golfer Ted Rhodes, in 1948


  3. The first African American boxer to win the world heavyweight title was:
    A.

    Muhammad Ali, in 1964

    B.

    Jack Johnson, in 1908

    C.

    Joe Gans, in 1902

    D.

    Joe Louis, in 1937


  4. What do the following people have in common: Henry Kissinger, Bob Hope, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Whoopi Goldberg, Nelson Mandela, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Pope John Paul II, and Jesse Jackson?
    A.

    They each appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show at some point in their lives.

    B.

    They have all been officially named honorary members of the Harlem Globetrotters.

    C.

    The FBI kept an extensive file on each of them.

    D.

    In their youth, they each seriously considered a career on the professional stage.