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Black pioneers in sports history

JACK JOHNSON Boxing

JACK JOHNSON
Boxing
"The Galveston Giant" knocked out Tommy Burns in 1908 to become the first black heavyweight champ. He lost the title in 1915 in the 26th round of a 45-round fight. Johnson finished his career 79-8 with 46 wins by knockout.
(Credit: AP)

Look back at some of the notable black pioneers in sports history, including baseball, the Olympics, basketball, college basketball, boxing, golf, tennis, football, college football, hockey and wrestling.

Compiled by Bobby Bonett and Ashley Melfi...

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