Oct. 1, 2019
Joe Black , Morgan State College Graduate, October 1, 1952 Made Sports History
If you are a graduate of Morgan State University, or even if you attended Morgan State University and didn't graduate or if you are one of many friends and followers of Morgan State University, today October 1, 2019, is a special day in the history of our fair Morgan. On October 1, 1952, 5 years after Jackie Robinson broke the color line in major league baseball for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. Joe Black, a graduate of Morgan State College while pitching for those same Brooklyn Dodgers became the very first black pitcher to win a World Series Game. Joe Black started games 1, 4, and 7 in the 1952 World Series against the Brooklyn Dodger's vaulted enemy across town in the borough of the Bronx, the New York Yankees. Joe Black pitched and won Game 1, 4-2 beating Yankee pitcher Allie Reynolds. That win was quite an accomplishment because due to the ill-fated color line in major league baseball. Joe Black was late arriving in the major leagues. Joe Black was a 28-years-old rookie in 1952 due to the color of his skin. He was the roommate of Jackie Robinson while he played for the Brooklyn Dodgers.
Joe Black was a 1950 graduate of Morgan State College. He earned that degree during the off-season. Because before playing baseball for the Brooklyn Dodgers, Joe Black was a pitcher for the Baltimore Elite Giants. After his baseball playing career ended Joe Black became a physical education teacher in New Jersey. Then he became a corporate executive for the Greyhound Bus Company. Joe Black was a single parent who won full custody of his daughter, Martha Joe Black. He will teach anyone who would listen that his greatest accomplishment in life was being the sole provider for his daughter. I will tell you that in addition to raising his daughter what Joe Black did on October 1, 1952, 57 years ago today was pretty damn significant. Because Joe Black overcame the odds and made sports history. He started a tradition that pitchers like Bob Gibson, Vida Blue, Dock Ellis, CC Sabathia, Dwight Gooden, David Price, Pedro Martinez, Al Downing followed pitching and winning games in major league baseball's Fall Classic, The World Series. As we begin another baseball postseason this afternoon. I will remember that Joe Black set the standard for pitching excellence in a World Series on October 1, 1952. It was time when this nation's period of racial disbelief that men of color didn't have the mental acuity to be successful baseball pitchers. Joe Black of Morgan State College proved them wrong, remember that today!