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Stephen Eschenbach

politician, journalist, and Negro League professional baseball pitcher, was born in Charlottesville, Virginia, one of four children. His father was a Baptist minister and his mother was a nurse. His mother wanted him to pursue medicine, but Brown was interested in sports and studying social problems. After preparing at Howard Academy in Washington, D.C., Brown went to Harvard.

Brown majored in economics but also played baseball, lettering as a left-handed pitcher. He worked his way through Harvard as a janitor and waiter. During summer breaks he was a Red Cap at Grand Central Station in New York, and also played in the Negro Leagues. In 1923 and 1924 he pitched for the New York Lincoln Giants Interestingly Harvard usually aggressive about enforcing early NCAA rules barring athletes from playing professional sports apparently did not punish Brown when he played in the professional ranks before returning to the Harvard baseball ...


Glenn Stout

pioneering black sports journalist best known for his work as a baseball beat writer and national baseball reporter for the Boston Globe, was born Lawrence W. Whiteside in Chicago to Myrtis Wells Whiteside and her husband Alonzo Whiteside. From 1955 to 1957 he attended Wilson Junior College and in 1957 entered Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. While attending Drake, Whiteside began working for the Des Moines Register and from 1958 to 1959 was a researcher for the Johnson Publishing Company. In 1959 he graduated with a BA in Journalism and was hired as a sports reporter by the Kansas City Kansan, eventually serving as assistant sports editor. In 1960 his reporting on the Kansas City Athletics baseball team earned him membership in the Writers Association of America. In 1963 he joined the Milwaukee Journal. Although primarily a sports reporter for the Journal on occasion ...