2008 Hall of Fame
BLACK ICE HOCKEY & SPORTS HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES
The 3rd Black Ice Hockey and Sports Hall of Fame Conference and Inductions returned to the Alderney Landing Cultural Convention Centre, on August 16, 2008, in Dartmouth, NS, Canada. Mr. John Paris, Jr., a native of Windsor NS, and the first Black man to Coach a professional hockey team was the keynote Speaker. This year’s Inductions continue to follow a local theme, as many of the Inductees have roots within the Maritime Provinces, while their accomplishments are worldwide.
Theme: One and God Make a Majority- Frederick Douglass
THE HERITAGE AWARDS and the BOBBY BRYDE MEMORIAL TROPHY were announced and presented by George Robert Fosty, President of the Society of North American Hockey Historians and Researchers (SONAHHR).
2008 BASEBALL/SOFTBALL INDUCTEES
OLLIE JOHNSON, of Oakville, Ontario was known as a great athlete. In 1821, he won the 60 yard dash, and became the first gold medallist at the Canadian National Exhibition. After playing for the local “Oaks” baseball team, he toured North America with the Buffalo, NY, Negro Baseball League team, the Cuban Giants. While overseas during the WW1, he excelled in track and field, winning numerous cups & medals, including the Pershing Games in France.
JIMMY “SEA BISCUIT” WILKES, Brantford, Ontario, Canada played major league baseball with the Newark Eagles in 1945, and in 1946 when they won the Negro National League Championship. He worked for the City of Brantford for 34 years and played for the Brantford Red Sox, who won 5 Titles in his 10 years. He is a Member of the Brantford Hall of Fame.
CHRISTINE PARRIS WASHINGTON was considered one of Canada’s best female softball players during her illustrious career. She was an All-American and MVP at Crowder Junior College. At UNLV, she batted 377 and was a collegiate all-American. A 10 year veteran of Canada’s National Softball Team and a member of the 1996 Olympic Softball Team. Christine was a member of the 1999 Women’s World Professional Softball League Championship Team.
ROBERT “BOBBY” SMITH, Halifax, NS excelled in sports, especially hockey, softball , bowling, and officiating throughout his lifetime. He was a level 5 Softball Umpire who officiated at the 1969 Canada Games, the North American Senior Ladies World Softball Championships in Arizona, and the 1981 World Youth Games. In 2002, he was inducted into the Softball Canada Hall of Fame. He is the father of fastball Hall of Famer, Mark Smith, a 2007 Black Ice Hockey and Sports Hall of Fame Inductee.
2008 BOXING INDUCTEES 1880 – PRESENT
JOE JEANNETTE (1879 – 1958) was born in West Hoboken, New Jersey, and is considered to be one of the best African American heavyweights of the early 20th Century. He mimicked the boxing style of Sam Langford whom he fought 15 times. On April 17, 1909, Jeanette won the Colored Heavyweight Boxing Championship in 49 rounds. That fight lasted 3.5 hours, and is believed to be the longest championship bout in history. Joe retired in 1919, at age 40. He opened a gym and trained young men how to box.
GEORGE “BUDGE” BYERS, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada, was born in 1872. He was the Colored Middleweight and Heavyweight Boxing Champion of the World. He was undefeated and known widely as the “Pretty Boy” of boxing. George was inducted into the PEI Sports Hall of Fame in 2007.
ROBERT “BUDDY” JONES, Flyweight, born in Montreal’s St. Henri district, is a 30 year decorated career soldier, veteran of WWll. After the War his attention turned to sports, where he became the Canadian Flyweight Boxing Champion which led to his election to the Canadian Boxing Hall of Fame. Buddy, also completed the Boston Marathon. As a Board Member of the Negro Community Centre, he saw the need for a Black Cultural Centre in Montreal, and he founded the Ann Pockwood Quebec Afro-Canadian Research institute to fill this void. He was invited to exhibit his collection of Black memorabilia to the Queen, by then Prime Minister Brian Mulroney.
ARCHIE MOORE, was born Archibald Lee Wright (1913-1998) in Benoit, Mississippi, USA. He is credited with an incredible record of 185 wins, 23 losses, 11 draws, and 1 no contest in a four decade span. He is said to have knocked out 141 boxers, more than any other boxer. He began his professional boxing as a Middleweight. At age 39, he was affectionately nicknamed “Ol Mongoose” when he won the World Light Heavyweight Boxing Championship. He never lost a fight within this division and chose to move up into the heavyweight division to seek competitors. At the heavier weight, Moore lost fights to future Hall of Famers: Cassius Clay (Muhammad Ali), Floyd Patterson and Rocky Marciano. He started the ABC (Any Boy Can) Foundation for youth needing help. After retirement, Moore became a movie Actor. He was one of the original inductees into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.
2008 COLORED HOCKEY LEAGUE 1894 – 1930 INDUCTEES
JAMES “CUT” BROWN, born on September 1, 1860, was a Member of the Dartmouth Jubilees, of the Colored Hockey League of the Maritimes.
2008 NOVA SCOTIA HOCKEY 1919-1935 INDUCTEES
WILLIAM “BILLY” OLIVER was an outstanding student athlete at Wolfville High School. He enrolled at Acadia University in 1930 where he was an above average athlete, who chose to excel in interclass competitions in Hockey, Water Polo, and Track, due to the fact that the varsity teams stayed at segregated hotels that did not serve “negroes”. Today, the Black Cultural Centre for Nova Scotia holds an annual induction of outstanding African Nova Scotians who are admitted to the Dr. W. P. Oliver Wall of Honour. Dr. Oliver’s son, Leslie, is a retired Professor of Acadia University and the President of the Black Cultural Centre.
JACK DESMOND, played hockey for the Colored Hockey League’s Africville Brown Bombers, from 1932 -1935.
2008 WOMEN’S HOCKEY INDUCTEES
LATOYA CLARKE, Toronto, Ontario, Canada was a Member of the 2004 NCAA Division 1 Women’s National Hockey Championship team. In 2002, LaToya was a member of Team Canada Women’s under 22 team. LaToya continues to play hockey and is a member of the Vaughan Flames in the Canadian Women’s Hockey League.
2008 COLORED HOCKEY LEAGUE INDUCTEES
IN 2008, CERTIFICATES WERE AWARDED TO IMMEDIATE DESCENDANTS OF THE 1903 HALIFAX EUREKAS AND THE 1930 TRURO SHEIKS. CONGRATULATIONS TO THE FOLLOWING:
THE 1903 HALIFAX EURKEAS
TEAM MEMBERS – Augustus “Gus” Adams – Forward; George Adams – Forward/Cover Point/Center; Herbert W. Allison – Goal; George “Charlie” Tolliver –Point/ Forward; George Taylor – Cover Point; William “Harry” A. Flint – Goal/Point; Adolphus Francis Skinner – Team Captain; James A. R. Kinney, – Team Manager
THE 1930 TRURO SHEIKS
TEAM MEMBERS – Edward “Eddy” Clyke; Stanley “Buster” Clyke; St. Calair “Pansy” Byard; James “Tude” Talbot; Wilfred Jordan; Palmer Jordan; Ansel Clyke; Frederick “Ted” Dorrington; Walter “Simmons” Clyke; Joe Paris – Team Manager
2008 PROFESSIONAL/SENIOR HOCKEY 1934 – PRESENT
RUSSELL VOELZ‘S travelling Colored Monarchs of Hockey, were billed as the only Colored Professional hockey team in the World. In 1932, Voelz took two years to assemble a colored hockey club of the best American and Canadian Black hockey players. The Club challenged any and all hockey teams, and promised fans an entertaining and exciting hockey game.
CRAIG “DENNY” DORRINGTON CLYKE, born in Truro, NS, Canada was an outstanding hockey and baseball player, in the 1950’s and 1960’s, from his Little League playing days to his professional hockey stint. He played baseball with the Eastern Canadian Championship Vaughan Furriers Junior Baseball team. He played hockey with the Toledo Blades and was scouted by the Chicago Cubs in baseball. He was a standout baseball player, and played on several provincial senior baseball teams, winning batting titles and MVP awards along the way. Denny is a member of the Truro Sports Hall of Fame and the Softball Nova Scotia Hall of Fame.
CECIL JACKSON, born in Halifax NS, Canada was multi-sport athlete in his early years. He excelled in baseball, hockey, and snooker. He was a standout player with the Vaughan Furriers undefeated Eastern Canadian Champions Junior baseball team. He played Junior and Senior level hockey in the 1950’ and 1960’s. He was a member of the Dairy Queen team that won six consecutive senior “A” fastball titles. In hockey, he had a tryout with the Toledo Blades Hockey Club.
2008 BUILDERS/TOTAL SPORTS
HAROLD MILLS was the first black Hydroplane National Champion of the American Power Boat Association. In 2000, he won 23 of the 26 races he entered. He has been honoured by the Black Heritage Society of Washington State.
REUBEN MAYES was born in Saskatchewan, Canada and played football at Washington State University. He set league rushing records that remain today. Professionally, Mayes played for the NFL’ s New Orleans Saints for 4 years, and the Seattle Sea Hawks for 2 years. In 2008, he was elected to the U.S. College Football Hall of Fame.
WAYNE SMITH, born in Halifax, NS, Canada and played 10 years in the Canadian Football League, with six different teams. He was a Member of the 1973 Ottawa Rough Riders Grey Cup Championship team. Wayne was an outstanding football lineman and entered the Nova Scotia Sport Heritage Hall of Fame in 1984.
BERESFORD “BA” HUSBANDS (1883 – 1968) was the founder of the Halifax Colored Citizens Improvement League. He was an activist, who condemned the discriminatory practices against local “coloured people” in the Halifax area. The absence of people of colour in the nursing profession, the lack of employment opportunities, and the absence of recreational facilities for black youth were among the many concerns that Mr. Husbands lobbied against. He is remembered for his fundraising “tag days”, family picnics and concerns for black youth.
BRAD BARTON, Digby, NS, Canada is widely known as an Educator and Community Advocate. A former volleyball player, he pursued officiating in 1966. In his 43 years of International officiating, he has worked 2 Olympic Games, 3 World Student Games, and the 1979 Pan American Games. He has travelled to Los Angeles, Puerto Rico, Bulgaria, Mexico, Guatemala, Tokyo, Korea, Bucharest and Romania. He is the recipient of the Order of Canada, Member of the WP Oliver Wall of Honour, and many other awards.
MARJORIE TURNER BAILEY is a resident of Lockeport, NS, Canada. As a teenager, she came into prominence at the Acadia Relays, where she won the broad jump, shot put, the 100 and 200 yard dash in record times. She competed in the Pan American Games in Mexico, the World Cup in Germany, the 1976 Olympics in Montreal, Canada, the Commonwealth Games in Jamaica, New Zealand, and Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. She has set 4 Canadian Track & Field records. Marjorie is a Member of the Nova Scotia Sports Heritage Hall of Fame.
2008 WRITERS/HISTORIANS/JOURNALISTS INDUCTEES
DR. WILLIAM A. SPRAY is the author of The Blacks of New Brunswick (1972). At the time of its’ release, the book was historic as it is one of the few attempts by Canadian Historians to document an invisible history and to recognize the role of slavery in Canada’s past. Most profound is the fact that this book was written at a time when many in academic circles believed there was no such thing as Black Canadian History.
PROFFESOR CRAWFORD KILIAN is the author of “Do Some Great Thing: The Black Pioneers of British Columbia”. It is one of the first books written about Blacks in Canada, wherein their stories were depicted in a positive and progressive context. It is a thought provoking and heart wrenching book that reads more like a novel than a history.
PROFESSOR COLIN A. THOMSON is the author of “Blacks in Deep Snow: Black Pioneers in Canada (1979)”. What made this book interesting was Thompson’s ability to wipe away the cultural facade of Canadian history and to reveal the level to which slavery existed in Canada. It shows how Blacks were kept in bondage, in Canada, even after slavery was abolished in the USA in 1833. Professor Thomson is also the writer of “Born With A Call: The Biography of Dr. William Pearly Oliver, CM”.
CECIL HARRIS is an American sports reporter who covered the NHL for The Hockey News and The Sporting News. He is the author of “Charging the Net: A History of Blacks in Tennis” from Althea Gibson and Arthur Ashe to the Williams sisters. In “Breaking the Ice: The Black Experience in Professional Hockey”, he chronicles a fascinating slice of hockey history. This is the first book to tell the unique personal stories of black hockey players, and how they triumphed over racial and cultural prejudice, or were overcome by it.