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    Who was Iowa State's first black BB player?

    I don't know if anyone else here watched the excellent "Black Magic" documentary ESPN showed Sunday and Monday nights about the earliest black college and pro basketball players, but it got me to wondering; does anyone know who ISU's first black basketball player was?

    After watching the show, I'm really curious about it.



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    Re: Who was Iowa State's first black BB player?

    He is mentioned in the 100 years of basketball DVD but I can't remember his name.



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    Re: Who was Iowa State's first black BB player?

    John Neal?



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    Re: Who was Iowa State's first black BB player?

    Brian Peterson?



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    Re: Who was Iowa State's first black BB player?

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    Brian Peterson?
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    Re: Who was Iowa State's first black BB player?

    Quote Originally Posted by khaal53 View Post
    He is mentioned in the 100 years of basketball DVD but I can't remember his name.
    I believe he was mentioned on the DVD and that he played with Gary Thompson.

    The show on ESPN was great. I enjoyed watching Earl "the Pearl" Monroe again.



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    Re: Who was Iowa State's first black BB player?

    John Crawford.



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    Re: Who was Iowa State's first black BB player?

    Quote Originally Posted by theshadow View Post
    John Crawford.
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    doesn't mention his basketball days ...



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    Re: Who was Iowa State's first black BB player?

    Quote Originally Posted by clones_jer View Post
    Joan Crawford - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    doesn't mention his basketball days ...
    I believe Julius Mikalik was the name Joan played under...



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    Re: Who was Iowa State's first black BB player?

    John Crawford played in the 1953 to 1956 years. John had to stay in the Black Hotel when they traveled to Columbia, MO. He was a major player in the 39 to 38 victory over Kansas when
    chamberlain was the Kansas Star. That is the only time I was in a locker room after a IS game. He picked me up on his shouldersand took me in for the celebration. That is something I will never forget.
    Another thing I want to say is this Cyclone Fanatic is a great piece of work. Living in Baton Rouge it is a real treat to read this everyday.


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    Re: Who was Iowa State's first black BB player?

    isucyc - are you certain of the years 53-56? I was a freshman in 57 and it seems to me that I watched John Crawford play. Yep, just checked my 1958 "Bomb" and there is a picture of John taking a rebound away from Drake's Red Murrell in the Cyclones 63-42 victory over the Bulldogs. We beat Kansas and Wilt 48-42 in the Armory that year (57-58). Remember standing in the snow in the front yard of the Knoll yelling for a "holiday" after the game. We didn't get it. God those guys were skinny! Would scan in a picture, but my scanner isn't compatible with this laptop, and the modems crapped out on my old Mac.



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    Re: Who was Iowa State's first black BB player?

    You are right. My memory loss is getting more frequent. That 57 team were pretty good with Strannigan as coach. That was a great shot by Medsker to win that Jayhawks game.



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    Re: Who was Iowa State's first black BB player?

    Glad you "old timers" are around here. :) I feel old around here with all the college kids on, but I love getting a perspective from before the 70's.



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    Re: Who was Iowa State's first black BB player?

    Gary Thompson was great against Wilt With his dipsy doodle shot.



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    Re: Who was Iowa State's first black BB player?

    Man, I wish I could have seen some of those teams.



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