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Cynthia Staples

was born to unknown parents in the late nineteenth century and raised as an orphan in the Akron Children’s Home on South Arlington Street in Akron, Ohio. Baker’s nickname of “Doc” was derived from his work as an aide for a local Akron physician who reportedly befriended and then trained him.

An October 1906 Akron Beacon newspaper article recounting a game between the Akron Tigers and Cuyahoga Falls references Doc Baker as a local “colored player,” whose work with the East End Blues, Indians, and other local teams was earning him a reputation for advancing the ball down the field. He played right halfback for Cuyahoga Falls in their 10–0 loss to the Akron Tigers, but the Beacon reported that Baker added considerable strength to the team. By 1907 he had signed a contract to play for the Akron Indians Baker s association with the team during this time ...

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Gregory Travis Bond

football player and doctor, was born in Point Isabelle, Ohio, to Charles Flippin, a doctor and a former slave, and Mary Bell Flippin, a white medical worker. The family moved to Kansas briefly before settling in York County, Nebraska, where Flippin received his first education in the area's public schools. By 1891 he had moved to Lincoln and enrolled in the University of Nebraska.

Flippin was an active and popular member of the campus community He won a university wide speaking contest and was a member and eventually president of the Palladian Literary Society the first such organization on campus He made his biggest mark though in athletics He played four years of football for Nebraska and also competed in track and field contests Standing at six feet two inches and two hundred pounds Flippin was a natural at football and he quickly established himself as the best ...

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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 ...