Richard Donald, Football (1937-39)

Courtesy: Toledo Athletics
Release: 04/19/2010
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Richard Donald lettered in 1937-39 as a runner, passer, and punter, on Rocket Football teams that were 19-9-1. He was a starter all three years and was one of the team’s leading scorers. Dick was the first black athlete ever chosen to play in the college all-star game. Dick Craig also lettered three times in baseball, 1938-1940, playing first base and hitting so well that he was offered a contract to play professionally with Toledo Crawfords, a black pro team at the time. Dick turned down that pro offer to become the head football coach at Claflin College in South Carolina from 1940 to 1942. He returned to UT in 1943 as an assistant coach under Dr. C.W Spears. From 1945 to 1954, Dick was head coach at Fort Valley State Teachers College in Georgia. While there, he ran the state high school track meet and set up the first state high school all-star game for black high schools in Georgia. In 1954, Dick began a career with the public school system in Pontiac, Michigan. He rose from a physical education teacher to assistant principal to principal and then became director of personnel for the entire school district.

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