Explorers, athletes, astronauts, organizations, events, and people working in the lifestyles that require mental and physical exertion.

Bill Veeck Jr., black baseball advocate born

Bill Veeck Jr.

*Bill Veeck Jr. was born on this date in 1914. He was a white American businessman and advocate for racial equity in baseball.

A coaches coach, Dennis Green

Dennis Green

*Dennis Green was born on this date in 1949. He was an African American college and professional football coach.

Ralph Branca born

Ralph Branca and Jackie Robinson

*Ralph Branca was born on this date in 1926. He was a white Jewish American professional baseball pitcher and civil rights activist through his friendship with Jackie Robinson against segregation in American professional baseball.

One of the best NFL receivers ever, Larry Fitzgerald Jr.

*Larry Fitzgerald Jr. was born on this date in 1983. He is an African American football player in the National Football League (NFL).

Larry Darnell Fitzgerald Jr. was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota the older of two sons of Larry and Carol Fitzgerald Sr. He graduated from the Academy of Holy Angels high school and attended the University of Pittsburgh, where he played for the schools football team. From 2002 to 2003, he was generally considered one of the best wide receivers in college football.

Torii Hunter born

Torii Hunter

*Torii Hunter was born on this date in 1975. He is a retired African American professional baseball player and activist for youth baseball in the black community.

Peter Norman, olympic activist

Peter Norman (with Carlos and Smith)

*Peter Norman was born on this date in 1942. He was a white Australian track athlete. He won the silver medal in the 200 meters at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City. He was a five-time Australian 200 meter champion. He is also known for his support of African Americans John Carlos and Tommie Smith when they made their famous raised-fist gesture at the 1968 Olympics medal ceremony.

Mal Whitfield born

*Mal Whitfield was born on this date in 1924. He was an African American track athlete, goodwill ambassador, and Tuskegee airman.

Olympian Carl Lewis born

Carl Lewis

*Carl Lewis was born on this date in 1961. He was an African American track and field athlete and a once aspiring politician.

Charlie Sifford born

Charlie Sifford

*Charlie Sifford was born on this date in 1922. He was an African American professional golfer.

Buck O'Neil a baseball original

Buck O'Neil

*The birth of Buck O’Neil in 1911 is marked on this date. He was an African American baseball player in the Negro Leagues, and was a baseball administrator and historian.