2006 Hall of Fame
BLACK ICE HOCKEY & SPORTS HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES
The first Black Ice Hockey and Sports Hall of Fame Conference and Induction was held at the Dartmouth Sportsplex. George and Darril Fosty, co-authors of Black Ice: The Lost History of the Colored Hockey League of the Maritimes, 1895-1925 were the keynote Speakers. The event was sponsored by the Society of North American Hockey Historians and Researchers (SONAHHR), and Stryker-Indigo. Mr. Herb Carnegie was the Special Guest Inductee.
2006 WRITERS/HISTORIANS/JOURNALISTS INDUCTEES
Jim Hornby is a lawyer, folklorist and historian, in PEI, who wrote the Black Islanders: Prince Edward Island’s Historical Black Community in 1991. Hornby documents the arrival of the black settlers to the present day.
Professor Bill Humber is one of Canada’s leading sports historians. Mr. Humber has written 10 books, including a very revealing book on the troubling conditions of black athletes in Canada, entitled, A Sporting Chance : Achievements of African-Canadian Athletes in 2004.
J.R. Hooker, chronicled the life of Henry Sylvester Williams – Imperial Africanist (1975), the father of the Pan African movement and one of the architects of the Colored Hockey League’s use of codified words to advance Black pride. He attended Dalhousie University.
Charles R. Saunders, Halifax newspaper columnist and author of Black and Bluenose: the Contemporary History of a Community (1999) and Share and Care: The Story of the Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children (1994), which chronicles the life of James A. R. Kinney. Kinney who was a follower of Booker T. Washington and a founder of the Colored Hockey League of the Maritimes.
Spider Jones, a grade 5 dropout, was an African-Canadian Author, Sports Journalist, and Boxing Hall of Fame Inductee, who turned his life around. He is a renowned Radio Host, and has written a book chronically his life, “Out of Darkness” – that embodies the theme that no dream is unattainable.
2006 COLORED HOCKEY LEAGUE INDUCTEES
The Colored Hockey Leagues of the Maritimes was formed in 1895 in Halifax, NS, comprised of the sons and the grandsons of runaway American slaves. The CHL was one of the most complex sports organizations ever formed and was led by Black Baptist Ministers and Church leaders. The Bible was their code of conduct.
Thomas “Tommy” Tynes, Dartmouth Jubilees *Fred “Freddie” Borden, Dartmouth Jubilees * Adophus Francis Skinner, Halifax Eurekas * Henry Sylvester Williams, Originator * Henry “Braces” Franklyn, Dartmouth Jubilees * James Paris, Africville Sea Sides * Norman Paris, Truro Victorias * John “Jack” T. Mills, Charlottetown West End Rangers * William Carvery, Africville, Sea Sides * James R. Johnston, League Official * Agustus “Gus” Adams, Halifax Eurekas * Edward A.E. Martin, Halifax Eurekas * George Clyke, Truro Victorias * James Carvery, Africville Sea Sides * James A.R. Kinney, Manager of Halifax Eurekas * Ansel Clyke, Truro Victorias * James E. Dixon, Africville, Sea Sides * Hippie “Hippo” Galloway, Woodstock
2006 ICE HOCKEY INDUCTEES
Herbert H. (Herb) Carnegie, CM, O.ONT BORN IN 1919, was the first African Canadian to be offered an opportunity to play hockey in the National Hockey League. In 1938, he played with the Toronto Young Rangers, and later the Buffalo Ankerites, in the Northern Ontario League. He was named MVP of the Quebec Provincial Semi-Pro Leagues in 1946 -47-1948. Together, with his brother, Ozzie, and Manny McIntyre they formed the only all Black line in hockey for the Quebec Aces. In 1975, 1976 and 1982 Carnegie won the Ontario Senior Golf Champion Ships. In 1987, he formed the Herbert H. Carnegie Future Aces Foundation to provide scholarships for Colleges and Universities. Today, he is legally blind.
Ozzie Carnegie, older brother of Herbie, played hockey in the 1940 and 1950’ and was a valuable member of the all Black line of the Quebec Aces that were legendary in the Quebec Semi-Professional hockey league. As youngsters the Carnegie brothers honed their skills and dreamed of one day becoming the first two black players in the NHL.
Art Dorrington, Truro, NS, became the first black player to sign a NHL contract, when he joined the New York Rangers organization in 1950. Unfortunately, he was never called up to play with the parent club. In 1958, Dorrington became an American Citizen and the first black American to play professional hockey. His Atlantic City Sea Gulls jersey hangs in the Hockey Hall of Fame, although, his dream of playing in the NHL was derailed by an on ice injury. In retirement he formed the Art Dorrington Foundation, in the 1990’s to teach hockey skills to children from low income families.
Stan “Chook” Maxwell, another native of Truro, NS was one of the first players to break through the NHL colour barrier. At age 20, he signed a contract with Punch Imlach’s Quebec Aces. In 1957, both Maxwell and Willie O’Ree were invited to the NHL’s Boston Bruin’s training camp. He spent most of his pro hockey career in the International Hockey League with the Toledo Blades. Maxwell was also an outstanding baseball player.
Richard Lord, born in Montreal, in 1929 was the first African Canadian to play in the American College Hockey League. Determined to become an engineer, Lord was refused entry into McGill University because of his skin colour. He, then applied to the University of Michigan, who accepted him on condition that he would bring a Championship to their school, when they learned that he was black.
Manny McIntyre played a high calibre of hockey throughout the Maritimes and Eastern Canada. In 1948 and 1949 he played for the Sherbrooke Saints, and later joined the Quebec Aces and formed and all black line with the Carnegie brothers, dubbed “Les Noires”. He became the first Black Canadian to sign a professional baseball contract, in 1946. He was inducted into the New Brunswick Hall of fame in 1997.
Willie O’Ree, the NHL’s first black player was just 22 years old when he suited up for the Boston Bruins, at the Montreal Forum on Jan. 18, 1958. The Fredericton, NB Rink has been renamed in his honour. In 2010, O’Ree received the Order of Canada, from Governor General Michelle Jean, a native of Haiti. Today, O’ree is a prominent member of the NHL’s hockey diversity program, and travels all over North America conducting clinics and teaching young people about the game of hockey.
Anson Carter, born in Barbados’s played NCAA hockey and baseball at Michigan State University. In 1992, Carter was drafted 200th by the Quebec Nordique, and than went on to play for several NHL clubs. He was most successful in playing for Canada’s national teams, winning a Gold Medal with the 1994 World Junior Champions; and the 1997 and 2003 World Cup Teams. In 2003, he scored the overtime goal that gave Canada the Gold medal, which may have been the most important goal ever scored by a Black player for his country.
Mike Marson became the second Black player to play in the NHL, 15 years after Willie O’Ree. So impressive was Marson as a standout Junior Hockey player that the NHL’s Washington Capitals drafted him 4th in 1974. However, his NHL career was short lived, as his goal production decreased, weight gain and his reaction to racial taunts caused him to retire at 25 years of age. He worked as bus driver in Toronto after retirement. A combined expertise in martial arts and hockey led him to create the Mike Marson Athletic Training Services program.
Tony McKegney born in1958, the same year that O’Ree broke into the NHL, became a pro hockey player in 1979. McKegney was a great goal scorer, and had a long and productive career in the NHL. At the end of the day he had more goals, 303, than any other black hockey player, in the history of the game.
Darren Lowe was born in Toronto and was an all star hockey player at the University of Toronto. In 1983 and 1984 Lowe was a member of Canada’s National Hockey team. Following his retirement from the NHL he turned his attention to Coaching, and today is the Head Coach of his old school, the Toronto Varsity Blues men’s hockey team.
John Paris Jr. was born in Windsor NS, the birthplace of hockey. He grew up playing baseball and pond hockey with his brothers, and his father, who was one of the first black men to play on a white hockey team. John is member of the Windsor Heritage Hall of Fame. Later in life he turned his attention to coaching and motivational Speaking. He was the first Black person to Coach a professional hockey team when he led the Atlanta Knights to the City’s first ever professional sports Championship.
Bill Riley, Amherst, NS was the 3rd black player to play in the NHL, playing 3 years for the Washington Capital. During this time he was a teammate of Mike Marson, marking the 1st time that two players of African descent played on the same team in the NHL. Riley was a rough and tough NHL player, although small in stature he managed to fight most of the league’s tough guy’s . Due to an injury Riley’s NHL career ended in 1978 – 1979. He continued to play hockey in Eastern Canada and began a coaching and general manager role in the Junior hockey ranks, including his home town of Amherst.
Jay Sharrers was born in Jamaica and raised in Vancouver. He made history in 2001 when he became the NHL’s first black referee. He officiated at more than 1065 games, not including the many playoff games that he has covered.
Graeme Townshend emigrated to Toronto in 1969, from Kingston Jamaica. Townshend played professionally for 10 years, including 4 in the NHL, where he played for the Bruins, The Islanders and the Senators. After his retirement, he served as Player Development Coordinator for the San Jose Sharks. He is currently the Skills and Skating Coach for the Toronto Maple Leafs.
2006 Boxing Inductees
George “Little Chocolate” Dixon (1870 – 1908) was born in Africville, NS, and was the first black World boxing champion, in any weight class. Although, he only stood 5’3” tall and weighed 87 pounds when he began his professional career, he claimed the world Bantamweight title in 18 rounds, in 1890. In 1891, Dixon won the World Featherweight title in 22 rounds. There is a recreation centre named, the George Dixon Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.
Sam “Tar Baby” Langford (1883 – 1956) was born in Weymouth, NS and was one of the greatest fighters who ever stepped into a boxing ring. He fought successfully in every boxing weight class, but never fought for a world championship. He was called the greatest fighter that nobody knows. He was the most avoided fighter in boxing history, and the greatest fighter who never won a title.
Delmore “Buddy” Daye was born in New Glasgow, NS and was a Canadian Jr. Lightweight boxing champion in 1964 -1966. He was also a community advocate and a supporter of Africville and the rights of minorities. In 1990, he became the first African Nova Scotian Sergeant-at-Arms for the Nova Scotia House of Assembly. He is a Member of the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame. A street was re-named in his memory, following his death in 1995.
Clyde Gray was born in Windsor, NS in 1977. He was the Canadian and British Commonwealth Welterweight Boxing champion and challenged unsuccessfully for the World Welterweight championships on three different occasions. He held a 69 – 10-1 won-loss career boxing record upon his retirement.
2006 Baseball Inductees
John W. (Bud) Fowler (1858 -1913) was born John W. Jackson, and is the earliest known African American player, manager, and club organizer in organized professional baseball. He played more games, and more seasons in the major leagues than any other African American, until Jackie Robinson had played his 11th year, in 1956. He died in Frankfort, New York.
Wilmer (Red) Fields (1922 – 2004) was an outstanding pitcher and third baseman in the old Negro Baseball League. He was often referred to as the “Great Field”. He played 11 years for the Washington Homestead Grays, who won 8 Championships, and Fields was MVP 8 times. After his retirement he became President of the newly formed Negro League Baseball Players Association, and used his time to raise funds to assist many of his former impoverished baseball colleagues.