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Sherman ‘Jocko’ Maxwell: Nation’s First Black Sportscaster Dies


Sherman “Jocko” Maxwell, the first African-American sportscaster, died of complications from pneumonia on Wednesday, according to Newark’s Star-Ledger. He was 100.

A chronicler of the Negro Leagues, Maxwell began his broadcast career in 1929, reading game scores weekly on the WNJR radio station in Newark. He worked for various stations, all while working as a postal clerk. He retired from radio in 1967.

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