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Charles Follis "The Black Cyclone"- The First Professional Black Football Player


With Super Bowl LIII's kickoff set for 6:30 pm tonight, it's important to highlight Charles Follis's contribution to Black History. Between the years 1902 and 1906, Follis became the first African American to play professional football.

He is also known as the first African American college baseball pitcher to move into the professional Negro League during the 1901 & 1902 season.

After competing at Wooster College, the Ohio League placed the young athlete on the Shelby Blues. In 1904, he signed a contract with the Blues, solidifying his career. That year, Follis helped his team with an awesome record losing only to the 1904 Ohio League champions at the time.

Unfortunately, injuries caused Charles's professional athleticism to halt at the end of 1906. Shortly after in 1910, the history maker lost his life to pneumonia at the age of 31.

Today let's celebrate Charles Follis birthday! Born February 3rd, 1879.

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