Sam Lacy

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Birthday
23, 1903
Birthplace
Connecticut
Death Date
May 8, 2003 (99)
Birth Sign
Scorpio
Birthday
23, 1903
Birthplace
Connecticut
Death Date
May 8, 2003 (99)

About

Famous as the inaugural African-American member of the Baseball Writers Association of America, he had a nine-decade-long career as a sports journalist for the Washington Tribune, the Chicago Defender, and the Baltimore NBC affiliate WBAL-TV.

Before Fame

Before beginning his career as a journalist, he earned an undergraduate degree in physical education from Howard University and played semi-professional baseball.

Trivia

Throughout his career, he fought to give minority athletes equal opportunities and pay in the professional sports world.

Family Life

He was raised in Connecticut and Washington, D.C. by a Native American mother and an African-American father. His first marriage, to Roberta Robinson, resulted in children named Samuel and Michaelyn; he later married Barbara Robinson.

Associated With

In 1936, Lacy reported on the medals won by African-American runner Jesse Owens at that year's Summer Olympics (held in Berlin, Germany).