Breaking the Color Barrier: Wilfred “Boomer” Harding & the Chatham Coloured All-Stars (1932-1939)By Internet Scout Report
Breaking the Color Barrier: Wilfred “Boomer” Harding & the Chatham Coloured All-Stars (1932-1939)
|In 1934, the Chatham Coloured All-Stars from Chatham, Ontario won the Ontario Baseball Amateur Association Championship. In doing so, the team was the first black team to win the championship. This online resource is dedicated to the Chatham Coloured All-Stars and, in particular, Wilfred “Boomer” Harding, who was just 17 years old when he helped the All-Stars win the title.
As noted on the site’s homepage, this project is a “partnership between the Harding family, the University of Windsor’s Department of History, the Leddy Library’s Centre for Digital Scholarship, and the Chatham Sports Hall of Fame.” Visitors who are new to the story of the Chatham team may want to start by checking out the history tab, which provides a helpful overview of the history of the team and its significance in Canadian culture.
Perhaps the two highlights of this project are the 1934 timeline and the interview sections. The former provides a detailed tour through the history of the All-Stars’ 1934 season as told through historic newspaper articles. In the interview section, visitors will find a number of oral history interviews with individuals who were connected to the Chatham Coloured All-Stars in different ways. Finally, educators should note that this collection includes curricular materials for K-12 classrooms.
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