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Michael C. Miller

baseball player, was born David Taylor Hoskins in Greenwood, Mississippi, to unknown parents. Information about Dave's early life is inconsistent and sketchy, including the year of his birth, which may have been earlier than 1925, and his name, which is listed in his death record as “David Will” though he went by David Taylor during his baseball career. Most sources say his family moved to Flint, Michigan, in 1936, but his obituary listed him as a graduate of G. H. Jones Industrial School in Highlandale, Mississippi. Some sources listed him as a four-sport star at Northern High School in Flint, though he does not appear in the school's annuals. Hoskins married a woman named either Cora or Josephine, and they had four children.

Tall and lanky 6 1 180 pounds Hoskins played baseball in the Flint City Leagues usually as a right handed pitcher but he ...

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Joy Gleason Carew

Wilberforce graduate, All-American football player, animal husbandry specialist, and African American expatriate in the USSR, was born in Roanoke, Virginia. His parents' names are unknown, although one source noted that his father was a pastor. Tynes's family history was a mix of African American and Native American. One source cites his Native American heritage as Seneca, and another suggests he was a Dakota. Whatever his Native American heritage, as a man of African ancestry, Tynes was no less hampered by Jim Crow restrictions. He nonetheless earned a degree in Agricultural Education at Wilberforce in 1929 and had achieved some notoriety for his prowess on the football field. Under the name “Whirlwind” Tynes, he was also listed on the Pittsburgh Courier All American football team in that same year Despite these achievements he was unable to find work in his chosen field and in the early 1930s ...