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State of Ohio Honors First Documented Black Pro-Football Player
By Associated Press
Published July 19, 2018

The state of Ohio has approved legislation that will create a day to honor the first documented, black professional football player, known by the nickname “the Black Cyclone.”

Republican Gov. John Kasich (KAY’-sik) signed the legislation designating Feb. 3 as Charles Follis Day. The Akron Beacon Journal reports Follis was born on Feb. 3, 1879, and grew up in Wooster _ helping to organize the first varsity football team at his high school in 1899.

After graduation, Follis played with an amateur Wooster team and in 1904 he signed a contract with the Shelby (Ohio) Blues of the American Professional Football Association.

He suffered a career-ending injury a few years later and began playing baseball before he died from pneumonia in 1910 at age 31.

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