Author Archives: Tim Lacy

  • Althea Gibson is Worth More than Just a Footnote

    Most Americans are aware of the Jackie Robinson story and, subsequently, Larry Doby being the first African Americans to break the color barrier of Major League Baseball.  We follow the paths of Marion Motley and Jim Brown in football, but when it comes to tennis, we have some very short ...

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  • Sam Lacy – “He Made a Difference” – Part XVI

    In my last effort, I left you at Frostburg State University where Sam and two other fossils were entertaining the audience with tales of life in America, back in the Stone Age. On these trips, I was Sam’s designated driver and his roommate.  We were always given a small suite or adjoining ...

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  • Sam Lacy: ‘He Made a Difference – Part XV’

    In the effort of taking you through the journey of Sam Lacy, I find myself mixing tales of things I have shared, things I have witnessed and things he shared with me during some of our bonding times. One of my favorite tales of his journey came after his induction into the Black Athletes Hall ...

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  • Sam Lacy: He Made a Difference – Part XIV

    There are a few people wondering when I would stop keeping them in suspense waiting for the next chapter in the life of Sam Lacy.  Although the following is much to do about me, Sam emerges as the star of the show. It was Feb. 8, 1948, and I remember it well because it was […]

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  • ‘This One’s for Me’

    I am fortunate enough to have a reader I inherited from Sam Lacy as a fan. I listen to his critiques, and let them serve as a guideline for my subject matter. My recent question to him was, “Am I doing too much straying from ‘He made a Difference,’ and to my joy, he explained […]

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  • Sam Lacy: “He Made a Difference Back on Task”

    I have been wondering how celebrities get along with the fans who are constantly trying to run their lives. I have about a dozen fans who have been loyal to me, and I sometimes have a battle with my ego over my popularity. Coming back to reality, I realize a dozen votes won’t get me […]

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  • ‘Catch 22′

    Before I get started, I would like to thank the folks who were following “He Made a Difference,” and I promise I will get back on task in my next effort. If you caught my venting in our last installment, you probably picked up on the hint that I have been in the hospital. My […]

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  • Something to Share-III

    (UPDATED 1:43p 4/27/14) I have had a minute to think about sharing more of my precious memories with Sam Lacy, or returning to the “He Made a Difference” series. Since my boss hasn’t called me to say, “Enough!” I decided to share one more installment of our time ...

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  • Something to Share II

    Last week I took a break from “Sam Lacy: He Made a Difference” to share some stories from my childhood. Some are tales shared by my dad, and others are stories I lived while walking in his shadow. It seems like yesterday, with Pop spinning yarns and hitting ground balls for me to ...

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  • Something to Share

    I decided to take a break from the “Sam Lacy – He Made a Difference” series this week to share some events and some stories I have been privy to living with my Pop. When I was a kid, we lived in a nice neighborhood with a gas station on the corner. I mention the […]

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  • Sam Lacy: He Made a Difference Part XI

    When we parted last, I shared an experience Pop had with a Southern, big hat-wearing sheriff. We were on our way to watch Althea Gibson—the Serena Williams of the time—when we were stopped for speeding. Pop had borrowed Dan Bankhead, the first Black pitcher in Major League ...

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