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Did You Know That Baseball Legend Kenny Lofton Is a Member of Kappa Alpha Psi?

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Did you know that baseball legend Kenny Lofton is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi?

Before his 17-year career as a six-time All-Star, four-time Gold Glove winner and five-time stolen base champion, Kenny Lofton crossed through the Delta Omicron Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi at the University of Arizona in 1987 as a college student.

With 622 base swipes, Lofton was one of baseball’s most recognized names in the ’90s where he was most remembered for his time with the Cleveland Indians. He also played for the Houston Astros, Cleveland Indians (3 different times), Atlanta Braves, Chicago White Sox, San Francisco Giants, Pittsburgh Pirates, Chicago Cubs, New York Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies, Los Angeles Dodgers, and Texas Rangers during his career.

Born in East Chicago, Indiana, Lofton was an all-state basketball player and pitcher /center fielder at Washington High School. He accepted a basketball scholarship at the  University of Arizona where he played on a team with current Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr and made it to the 1988 Final Four.

In his junior year of college, he made it on to the Arizona Wildcat’s baseball team where he only played five games but was recognized by scouts and was picked up by the Houston Astros in the 17th round of the 1988 MLB draft. He then went to play in the minor league after graduating with a degree in studio production and made his MLB debut with the Astros in 1991.

Lofton is one of two men to play in a college basketball Final Four (1988) and a MLB World Series.

By the end of his career, Lofton had a .299 career batting average with 130 home runs, 116 triples, and 1,528 runs in 2,103 games. He also was six-time All-Star and four-time Gold Glove winner.

Kenny Lofton is a proud member of Kappa Alpha Psi and even includes it in his Twitter bio.

Currently, he runs a film production company called Film Pool Inc. check it out at filmpool.net.

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Back In The Day

Check out These Vintage Photos of HBCU Women’s Sports Teams From the Early 1900s

Time for another blast from the past!

This time we have collected a list of HBCU women’s sports teams and athletic groups from the early 1900s.

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The women’s rifle team, Howard University, Washington DC, 1937.

Scurlock Studio Records, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution

FAMU Students and instructors with tennis equipment. Tallahassee, Florida. 1915.

TILLOTSON COLLEGE: Women’s Basketball Team

Samuel Huston women’s basketball team.

Lifesaving practice at Howard University

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Colleges

Check out These Vintage Photos of HBCU Football Teams From the Early 1900s

HBCUs have a long and strong history of athletic programs. For all of you history lovers and football buffs out there we have compiled a list of photos from HBCU football teams from back in the day.

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Hampton’s football team in 1921.

Claflin’s football team in 1899

Howard’s Football Team in 1934.

National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institute. Addison Scurlock, photographer.

The Agricultural and Mechanical College of North Carolina’s Football Team in 1912

Hampton’s Football team.

Langston’s 1921 team.

Please let us know if we got any of the dates wrong.

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Alphas

Dick Gregory was a man of Alpha Phi Alpha.

On Saturday, Dick Gregory, a pioneering force of comedy in the 1960s who later became an iconic social and political activist died of heart failure at the age of 84.

“It is with enormous sadness that the Gregory family confirms that their father, comedic legend and civil rights activist Mr. Dick Gregory, departed this earth tonight in Washington, D.C.,” his son Christian Gregory said via a statement from his father’s rep. “The family appreciates the outpouring of support and love and respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time.”

Before his fame, Gregory was a 1954 initiate of the Beta Eta Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha at Southern Illinois University.

In the chapter photo below you will see him in the back row, third from the left.

Upon learning of their brother’s passing, Alpha Phi Alpha’s international Facebook page posted their condolences to the family.

As we celebrate the legacy of Brother Dick Gregory let us reflect on the following quote as we continue his legacy as men of Alpha in pursuit of justice and equality.
‘One of the things I keep learning is that the secret of being happy is doing things for other people’

Gregory’s home chapter, the Beta Eta Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha at Southern Illinois University also took to Twitter to memorialize their chapter brother.

We ask that you keep Gregory’s family, friends, and fraternity brothers in your thoughts. We also ask that you share this and leave your condolences and memories of him as a brother of Alpha Phi Alpha and a member of the Black greek community so that others can see how much he meant to all of us.

“Not all great men are Alphas, but all Alphas are great men.”

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