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Humber, William. Humber. Toronto: Natural Heritage Books, 2004.

AB: This book, on the Black athletic experience in Canada is presented in a chronological sequence beginning with the pre-civil war era; individual sports are presented along with their leading athletes. Various mentions of Alberta are found.


● In the chapter about baseball in the early days, Black Oklahomans settled near Edmonton, Alberta and created a community mainly surrounding baseball (p 49). Also, in exchange for being taught northern survival skills, the Blacks taught the Métis of the region how to play baseball.
● John Ware, an immigrant from South Carolina, established near Calgary, Alberta and is a pioneer of modern day rodeo, with the invention of steer wrestling (p. 60).
● Joe 'Dad' Cotton fought heavyweight and opened a boxing club in Edmonton (p.62). He was considered a leader in Edmonton's boxing community.
● ASHFM inductee, Jillian Richardson (1997), is briefly mentioned as being part of the team to win the 4 X 400 meter relay at the 1982 Brisbane Commonwealth Games (p. 88).
● Another inductee, Grant Fuhr (2004) is the most successful Black hockey player (p. 111). He was the goaltender for the Edmonton Oilers and played with the Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier, Paul Coffey and Jari Kurri lineup.
● Calgary Flames' Jarome Iginla is mentioned in this book (p. 113). He captained the Flames to the Stanley Cup as well as helped Canada win gold at the 2002 Winter Olympic Games.

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