Wordless Wednesday: William Matthews and Harvard Baseball Team
Harvard University Baseball Team, 1904. William Matthews (no. 11, front row) was one of a small number of Black students attending majority white institutions in the early 20th century. Born in Selma, Alabama, he attended Tuskegee Institute for four years before moving north to further his education, first at Phillips Andover, and then at Harvard.
Matthews as an outstanding athlete and a standout at the shortstop position, this at a time when Harvard’s was arguably the best college baseball team in the nation. After completing his undergraduate studies, Matthews earned a law degree from Boston University. He went on to become special assistant to the U.S. district attorney in Boston, and eventually to hold a position in the Justice Department, under Calvin Coolidge.
(Source: Library of Congress, General Collections. Reproduction #: LC-USZ62-119879)
For more on William Matthews and his battle to integrate professional baseball, click HERE.
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