FSU honors first African American athlete on anniversaries

Alex Crescenti | WCTV Eyewitness News
April 4, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla (WCTV) — As Fred Flowers threw a strike for the ceremonial first pitch Wednesday evening, much has changed since he was playing in 1965.

“I had a good freshman year and the coach at that time was Coach Fred Hatfield and I did not play varsity,” said Flowers.

Wednesday night, Flower stepped back on the mound as FSU celebrated the Negro Leagues and the 50th anniversary of the Black Student Union. It’s also the same day as the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

“People often ask me how far have we come since Martin Luther King days and he talked about climbing to the mountain top and I would…

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