ELMIRA, N.Y. (WETM) – Today May 18 marks the 59th anniversary of the sudden death of Elmira legend Ernie Davis. Born in New Salem, Pennsylvania on December 14, 1939, Ernie Davis moved to Elmira when he was 12. He attended Elmira Free Academy and played halfback on the football team, and led the school basketball […]
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(WSYR-TV) — The presence of Ernie Davis is felt almost everywhere when stepping onto the campus of Syracuse University, but that does not explain his whole story. Davis passed away from Leukemia in 1963, but Monday marks 60 years since he made history by becoming the first African-American and the first-and-only Syracuse star to win […]
Sixty years ago today, Syracuse running back Ernie Davis became the first Black football player to win the Heisman Trophy. The No. 44 legend, also known as the “Elmira Express,” received college football’s highest honor on Dec. 6, 1961. He ran for 823 rushing yards and scored 15 touchdowns while leading the Orangemen in receiving with 16 catches for 157 yards and breaking multiple records held by Jim Brown.
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There’s a scene early in the film “The Express” where Ernie Davis and his uncle are gazing intently through a department store display window at a black-and-white television screen. It is the late 1940s, an era when racial segregation reigns in America, and young Ernie is astonished to see a man with mahogany skin as dark as his own wearing a Major League Baseball uniform.
On December 6, 1961, Syracuse running back Ernie Davis becomes the first Black player to win the Heisman Trophy—college football's top individual award—beating Ohio State fullback Bob Ferguson. Earlier in day, Davis meets with President John Kennedy at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York. "I never thought I'd ever be shaking the hand of the President of the United States," he says.
Charles John Wink, of Baldwinsville and St. Petersburg, Fla., died Sunday, according to his obituary. Wink was originally from Curwensville, Pa. He attended Syracuse University on a football scholarship, where he played with the 1959 championship football team. He received his undergraduate and doctoral degrees from Syracuse University, and his masters from Penn State.
NY Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul’s political roots in Syracuse: protests, Ernie Davis and a fight over the dome
Syracuse, N.Y. – When Carrier Corporation and Syracuse University struck a deal four decades ago to put the air conditioner maker’s name on the school’s new sports stadium, some college students had other ideas. They wanted to name the football stadium after Ernie Davis, SU’s star halfback and the first...