Black History-Sylvester R. "Sal" Hall Mug
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Sylvester R. "Sal" Hall-1st Negro Coach in Washington DC to take his Team-The Cardozo Clerks-Football to the Interscholastic High Championship
Coaching Highlight:Cardozo High School 1942-1948; 1954-1962
Won 105 games-lost 22; tied 8. Eight undefeated seasons; 1 perfect season (undefeated, untied, unscored on- 1948). The undefeated 1955 team played in the first city championship since the game became integrated. Results: Cardozo 6-Gonzaga 6. Teams from 1942 through 1948 were undefeated in 63 consecutive games.
Legends In Their Own Time: A Century of Sports in the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Area, written by Robert G. Ainsworth, published in 1978, provides a vivid description of the 63 game streak.
During the period Cardozo and Hall were dominating Division II football, the Clerks were just as overpowering in track and field. Traveling to St. Louis, Missouri, in May 1946, a six-man Cardozo team won the National Negro High School Track and Field championship by scoring 37 points, 11-1/2 more than its closest competitor, Phyllis Wheatley High of San Antonio, Texas. The Purple and White captured three relay titles; two second places, and one third. Marcellus Boston in the 100, Clarence Turner in the 200, and James Baucoum in the 440 were the individual titlists; Joseph Queen in the discus and Boston in the broad jump. The Clerks' 440 relay team tied the national record of 45 seconds in winning; the 880 yards sprint medley relay team lowered the national record from 1:39.2 to 1:37.9; and the 880 yard team won a third relay championship. Boston, a freshman, won high point honors with 11-1/4 points.
Cardozo's track achievements under Hall go far beyond that national championship team. When the Clerks set a new world record in the 960-yard relay at Madison Square Garden during the 1948 National Prep and High School Indoor Track and Field championships, it marked the eighth time since 1944 that a Cardozo individual or team had captured honors in the event. In addition to the world mark, four were national high school standards. Hall's cindermen were also victorious in the prestigious Penn Relays, the Bridgeton, N.J. Relays and many other important events along the Eastern Seaboard.
Another of the Purple and White's great sprinters is the legendary Billy Mathis, the 1944 national scholastic champion in the 60-yard dash and the establisher of a new national scholastic mark in the event in 1945. Mathis went to become a U.S. collegiate sprint champion at the University of Illinois.
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