Whether they bike more, buy a more fuel efficient vehicle, convert their gas engine to electric, or simply ride more public transit, Marylanders are looking for ways to cope with pump prices.
In 1963, playing in her first tournament at age 12, Koger said, her opponent was cheating by incorrectly calling balls out of bounds. Koger lost the match. But she vowed to come back – vowed to get good enough to win whether someone was cheating her or not.
Claude “Buddy” Young was part of a trio who became the first African-Americans to play for the Baltimore Colts. Young was also a football and track star at the University of Illinois.
In 1889, George “Spider” Anderson became the first black jockey to win the Preakness. In those days black jockeys were not uncommon. Not much is known about Anderson, said Dr. Kenneth Cohen, a professor of early American history at St. Mary’s College of Maryland.
Taliaferro said he walked into the lobby of the Lord Baltimore hotel to pick up his key. When he learned his white teammates were staying but he and his black teammates were leaving, he was incensed.
That was Taliaferro’s introduction to Charm City.
In 1954, when the St. Louis Browns landed in Baltimore and became the Baltimore Orioles, Satchel Paige could have been the franchise’s first black player. Instead, the Orioles let Paige walk, paving the way for Jehosie Heard.
In February, Barksdale was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame by the Early African-American Pioneers Committee. Barksdale, a Berkeley, Calif. native, was influenced greatly by baseball great Jackie Robinson, who played college football at UCLA, a school Barksdale would later attend. “I was about 14 years old when I first saw Jackie, and I’d have to say he was my first big hero,” said Barksdale.
There is something absurdly dangerous about a man intentionally making himself as frail as possible, riding a 1,500-pound muscular animal, and fighting for position on a track filled with similarly starved men — atop similarly sinewy horses. For one of Maryland’s only black jockeys, life is even tougher.
Two members of the House Ways and Means Committee said Wednesday they don’t believe a full-fledged, Las Vegas-style casino will head to Prince George’s County as the legislative session comes to an end.