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59 Years Ago Today: The Death of Ernie Davis

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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The Blue Collar Bookseller review: Ernie Davis

Ahhh, February, the longest short month of the year. The groundhog has declared more winter, I still have to pay full rent for only twenty eight days, and the final episode of football has been played. At least I can catch up on my reading. About the Blue Collar Bookseller...
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The sweet short life of Ernie Davis

Tom Brady is retiring. Hooray for Tom Brady and for the other NFL greats such as Ben Roethlisberger – wondrous Ben. They persevered in a game of hard knocks and concussions. Here’s hoping they lead long active post-NFL lives. Here’s hoping they can get out of bed in the morning when they’re 60.

1961: Syracuse football legend Ernie Davis is first Black Heisman Trophy winner

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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Sixty years ago, Ernie Davis left tacklers, racism in the dust

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.

Ernie Davis becomes first Black player to win Heisman Trophy

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.

Today’s obits: Charles Wink played championship Syracuse football with Ernie Davis and Jim Brown

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.