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 Post subject: Harold Sylvester
PostPosted: Mon Feb 04, 2019 11:53 am 
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Harold keeps giving to Tulane. Glad I was in school when he was playing.

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 Post subject: Re: Harold Sylvester
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When we played a game at UC-Irvine in late 1991, Harold Sylvester came to the game and came in to speak with us in the locker room afterwards. After saying a few words, he came around and introduced himself to all of us individually. At the time, he was on "Married... with Children" but he was more well-known for his role in "An Officer and a Gentleman". He seemed like a genuinely good guy.

Glad to see he's still invested in Tulane.


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 Post subject: Re: Harold Sylvester
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Wait, Griff is a Tulane alumn? how did I not know this until now?


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 Post subject: Re: Harold Sylvester
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I was most surprised to read Sylvester was the first African American to receive an athletic scholarship at Tulane. He got his degree in 1972.

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 Post subject: Re: Harold Sylvester
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TUPF wrote:
I was most surprised to read Sylvester was the first African American to receive an athletic scholarship at Tulane. He got his degree in 1972.


Steve Martin played baseball before that and was first African American to compete in the SEC. However he may not have been on athletic scholarship.

Meanwhile another aspect of "Passing Glory;" I think at least two other and maybe more players from Jesuit on the other side played at Tulane also including Billy Fitzgerald and Tim Ronniger (sp?) My memory is a little hazy on this so obviously I welcome updates from those with better recollections.


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 Post subject: Re: Harold Sylvester
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Dick (not Tim) Ronniger was the only scholarship player on our baseball team in 1962. He was from Jesuit and had been named MVP of the National American Legion championship game, so his name is on a plaque in the baseball Hall of Fame. I know because I saw it there and because he and I roomed together on the road because we were the only smokers on the team. My favorite memory of him was in a tight game at LSU, our last game of the season, he was called for a balk when his spikes caught on his uniform while he was winding up and the ball went into the dugout when he fell. LSU scored the winning run on it and I thought Doug Hefner, our coach, was going to have a coronary. Ray was on that team as well and may want to discuss his memory if mine is faulty. He was not an African American. The last I heard of him, he was a doctor in Memphis.


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 Post subject: Re: Harold Sylvester
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There were multiple Ronniger brothers who played at Jesuit. Tim was younger than his brother Dick and I don't think played baseball at Tulane. He did play basketball.

Fun story about Dick. I recall he was an outstanding high school baseball player.

Link is to a TP article about Martin breaking the SEC color barrier.

https://www.nola.com/lsu/index.ssf/2015 ... de_se.html


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 Post subject: Re: Harold Sylvester
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TUPF wrote:
I was most surprised to read Sylvester was the first African American to receive an athletic scholarship at Tulane. He got his degree in 1972.

Fast Break was a pretty sweet 70s sports movie.

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 Post subject: Re: Harold Sylvester
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TUPF wrote:
I was most surprised to read Sylvester was the first African American to receive an athletic scholarship at Tulane. He got his degree in 1972.

You might be surprised what our friends in Baton Rouge said after the 14-0 victory in 1973. Or maybe not.

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