soccer player, was born Joseph Nicolas Gaetjens in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, the third of seven children of Edmond Gaetjens and Toto Gaetjens (maiden name unknown). Gaetjens was descended on his mother's side from Leonie Dejoie, the daughter of a black general in the Haitian revolution. His paternal great grandfather had come to Haiti as a trade representative for the King of Prussia. Joe Gaetjens thus grew up among Haiti's light skinned elite. Some sources give his middle name as Edouard. Little is known about his early life before he emigrated to New York City as a twenty-three-year-old in 1947 There he studied accounting at Columbia University and paid his rent and tuition by washing dishes in a Manhattan restaurant When the restaurant manager discovered that Gaetjens had played soccer for L Étoile Haïtienne in Port au Prince he arranged a trial for him with the Brookhattan team of the ...
Steven J. Niven
athlete, photographer, and poet, was born Gilbert Heron in Kingstown, Jamaica. Though he was a talented photographer, particularly of sporting events, and a notable poet, publishing a collection entitled I Shall Wish Just for You as late as 1992, Heron's fame derives from neither. He remains best known as a pioneering nonwhite sportsman in the United Kingdom in the 1950s and as father to the eclectic, prolific, and hugely influential jazz musician and wordsmith Gil Scott-Heron.
Heron came to attention as an association football or soccer player for the Detroit Corinthians although he had previously turned out for the Canadian Air Force Detroit Wolverines and Chicago Sting Standing just below five feet ten inches and weighing just under 178 pounds Heron had the speed and agility that gave him the perfect characteristics for football s target man and goal scorer the center forward In the ...
Britain's first black international footballer. Watson was a renowned amateur football player, playing full‐back for Glasgow amateur clubs Maxwell Football Club and Parkgrove in 1878–9, before winning international honours. He appeared for Scotland against England and Wales in 1881–2 while playing for the leading amateur Scottish club Queen's Park.
Watson was born in Georgetown, British Guiana (now Guyana), in 1857. His surname suggests Scottish parentage or descent although no firm information has been found on his ancestry. He had a privileged educational upbringing, being educated at Halifax grammar school and Rugby before completing his education at Glasgow College in the 1870s. His capabilities stretched beyond the football pitch as he became match secretary and organizer of the amateur club Parkgrove. Yet, according to the census of 1881 the year of his international football debut Watson was apparently rather humbly employed as a warehouseman He married a Glasgow ...
The first black British footballer in the Football League. Wharton was born in Jamestown, Accra, Gold Coast (present‐day Ghana), to a half‐Grenadian and half‐Scottish father and a Ghanaian mother. Always a gifted sportsman, he set the first world record in 1886 for the 100‐yards dash during the Amateur Athletics Association sprint. Apart from football, he was also involved in other sports such as cricket and cycling. Wharton signed up with Preston North End in 1886 as goalkeeper after being spotted while playing for Darlington While at Preston North End he played in the FA Cup semi finals one of the high points of his career Subsequently he played professionally for various football clubs such as Rotherham Town Sheffield United Stalybridge Celtic and Ashton North End At Sheffield United he played three games for the club s first team Despite his strength as a goalkeeper he could not maintain his ...
Steven J. Niven
first black soccer professional and world-record sprinter, was born in the James Town district of Accra (in present-day Ghana) on 28 October 1865. His father, the Reverend Henry Wharton, was a Methodist missionary born in Grenada of Scottish and African ancestry. His mother, Annie Florence Grant, was the daughter of a Fante royal and a Scottish trader. Arthur’s uncle, Francis Chapman Grant, was a leading business and political leader, while a cousin, George “Paa” Grant, became a prominent business leader and helped found the United Gold Coast Convention, along with Kwame Nkrumah and Edward Akuffo-Addo. Despite his relatively privileged upbringing among the Gold Coast’s mixed-race elite, Wharton’s early life was not without tragedy. Five of his eight siblings died in childhood, and his father died in 1873 shortly before Arthur s eighth birthday That same year witnessed the onset of the third Anglo Asante war which caused widespread ...