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Feb2016

 

Artefact: Football Uniform
Year: 1940s
Number:  82.02.01, 82.02.02, 82.01.03
Team Calgary Stampeders

On display this month, we have Replica Calgary Stampeders uniform of Honoured Member Ezzrett “Sugarfoot” Anderson.This month's Artefact of the Month has special meanings to the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum.

Why is this unique?

1. February is Black History Month.

"Black History Month provides an opportunity to share and learn about the experiences, contributions and achievements of peoples of African ancestry. It was initiated in Canada by the Ontario Black History Society, which was founded in 1978." - Historica Canada Website http://blackhistorycanada.ca

2. February is Honoured Member Ezzrett Sugarfoot Anderson's Birthday.

Ezzrett Sugarfoot Anderson became a legend in the late 1930s. He was an amazing football player, however, times were different, and from 1933-1946, there were no black players in the NFL. In the southern United States, no black or white players were allowed to play on the same field, a condition that was ruled by law.

The Calgary Stampeders saw Sugarfoot playing semi-pro football in Los Angeles and needed a defensive end for the 1949 season. Although Sugarfoot had already retired from football, he headed up to Canada after the Canadian Football League jumped at the chance to sign talented players who were ignored in the US because of their skin colour. Ezzrett “Sugarfoot” Anderson became an instant hero in Calgary. He spent seven seasons playing with the Stampeders.

To read more about Sugarfoot Anderson's amazing achievements, check out the ASHFM website which includes the ASHFM Induction Biography, Interview, and Vignette. http://ashfm.ca/hall-of-fame-honoured-members/browse/athlete/anderson-ezzrett-sugarfoot

Jan2016

 

Artefact: Spoons
Year: Unknown
Number:  82.02.01, 82.02.02, 82.01.03

January is National Soup Month, and in honour of this great month, ASHFM would like to showcase some of our spoons!

These spoons are commemorative spoons from the W.A.A.F. Championships. They belonged to Track & Field Honoured Member Elsie Barlow.