Lot 13 of 541:
1st short-lived African-American sports magazine, first and last issues, 1953  

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First and last issues of the 1st short-lived African-American sports magazine, 1953

Jackie Robinson, “editor”





Our Sports / The Negro’s Own Sports Magazine / A New Monthly Magazine Featuring Negro Athletes”. First and last of the only five issues published: Vol. 1, Nos. 1 and 5, May and Oct.-Nov. 1953. Original pictorial wrappers. 8.5 x 11”,  74 and 64pp. Rare. Only the University of Notre Dame, Yale and two other institutions hold any copies of the short-lived periodical.


As Robinson was then still an All-Star of the Brooklyn Dodgers, it’s doubtful that he had much hands-on responsibility for this magazine, though he did write article in the last issue about “What Sports can do for kids”. Executive Editor S.W.Garlington, veteran African-American journalist, newscaster and columnist for the influential New York Amsterdam News probably had more to do with the intriguing blend of articles, which included “Are the Yankees Anti-Negro?”, “Top Negro Basketball Players”, “All-American Football Preview”, “The Negro Jockey – What Happened To Him?”, King of Rodeo Cowboys”, and the first Negro Golf Club Open Tournament”.

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