Marylanders find ways to cope at the pump

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.

First Black Preakness Winner All But Erased From History

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, One of Colts’ First Black Players Recounts Times in Baltimore

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.

Move Over Satchel Paige, Hello Jehosie Heard

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.

NBA’s First Black All-Star a Bullet and a Celtic

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.

With Black Jockeys in Maryland Scarce, Malcolm Franklin Perseveres

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.

Ann Koger, One of Maryland’s Tennis Pioneers

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, One of Baltimore’s Black Pioneers

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.

With Time Running Out Committee Members Say Sixth Gaming Site in Prince George’s Doubtful

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.

Winners and Losers if a Mammoth Casino Comes to National Harbor

If a casino comes to National Harbor, some will win, some will lose. So, politicians, experts, business owners and citizens weighed in to sort out the winners and losers.