The World's Greatest
This board features past and current athletes and hot-steppers who have dominated in their sport. ⚾️⚽️
As the US Open begins, I'd like everyone to remember one of the legends who paved the way for @SerenaWilliams, @VenusWilliams, @SloaneStephens and more. Althea Gibson (1927-2003), the first Black winner of the French Open (1956), the US Open and Wimbledon (both in 1957), photographed by Carl Van Vechten on November 20, 1958. Photo: Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. #vintageblackglamour #vbgbook #AltheaGibson #tennis #usopen #usopen2015
On 12/21/1984, a small crowd in Elkins, W.Va., filtered into the town armory to watch a women's basketball game between powerhouse West Virginia and the tiny University of Charleston. With 11 minutes, 18 seconds remaining in the game, West Virginia's 6-foot-7 junior center, Georgeann Wells, took a long pass at half court, and with a clear path to the basket, rose up and slammed the ball. With the 1st official dunk in a college game, women's sports reached a milestone.
Abebe Bikila was an Ethiopian double Olympic marathon champion. He is most famous for winning a marathon gold medal at the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome while running barefoot. In doing so, he also set the new world marathon record. | "I wanted the world to know that my country, Ethiopia, has always won with determination and heroism."
Congratulations to Philadelphia Flyers assistant Captain Wayne Simmonds for being picked the Most Valuable Player in Sunday's NHL ALL-Star game. Wayne Simmonds became the first Philadelphia Flyers in 37 years to pick up M.V.P honors in an All-Star game. Simmonds was able to come back to Los Angeles, California where he started his NHL career. He was able to score his All-Star Hat Trick in front of his former Los Angeles home fans. This also marks the first time a Black player becomes All-Star M.
R.I.P ~ James Reiher Snuka (born James Wiley Smith; 5/18/43 – 1/15/17) bka Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka, was a Fijian professional wrestler & actor. Snuka wrestled for several promotions from the 1970s to 2010s. He was best known for his time in the World Wrestling Federation(WWF, now WWE) in the early to mid-1980s and was credited with introducing the high-flying style of wrestling to the WWF. He was inducted into the WWF Hall of Fame in 1996.
R.I.P ~ Keion Eric Carpenter (10/31/1977 – 12/29/2016) was a former football defensive back. He played for the Buffalo Bills & the Atlanta Falcons of the NFL. He had 4 children; Kymiah, Kennedy, Kierra & a son, Kyle Carpenter. He is the founder of The Carpenter House, Inc., a non-profit which specialized in consulting under-privileged families with home ownership. On 12/28/2016, Carpenter fell and struck his head while on vacation with his family. He died the next day.
R.I.P ~ Living Out Loud: Sports, Cancer, and the Things Worth Fighting For by Craig Sager, Craig Sager II, Brian Curtis. “Time is something that cannot be bought, it cannot be wagered with God, and it is not in endless supply. Time is simply how you live your life.” ―Craig Sager Thanks to an eccentric wardrobe filled with brightly colored suits and a love of sports that knows no bounds, Craig Sager is one of the most beloved and recognizable broadcasters on television. So when the sports world..