From the back cover: Woody Strode's extraordinary career led him from the football field to the wrestling ring to Hollywood. In 1939, Woody, Jackie Robinson, and Kenny Washington led UCLA to its first undefeated football season. After World War II, Woody and Kenny Washington became the first Blacks to play in the National Football League. In 1950 Woody became pro wrestling's first Black star. It was a small step to Hollywood where he appeared in such films as The Ten Commandments, Spartacus, and The Cotton Club. This book's co-author Sam Young met Woody Strode while working on a television production. Their relationship grew until after after three years, countless hours of conversation and interviews, Goal Dust was completed.
From Publishers Weekly:
"Woody Strode first achieved fame playing football at UCLA in the late 1930s with Kenny Washington and Jackie Robinson, the team that propelled that college into the gridiron big-time. Later he played semi-pro football and was a professional wrestler. After World War II, he and Washington set a precedent as the first blacks in the National Football League in the modern era; when he was released, Strode played football in Canada. Once his sports career was ended, he became a film actor, working for Cecil B. DeMille and John Ford; his film career took him to Italy as well where he became famous. Writing with freelancer Young, Strode makes trenchant observations about race relations in the U.S., and is especially biting in noting that his marriage to a Hawaiian princess made him persona non grata to some black Americans."
- Publisher : Madison Books; Revised edition (September 8, 1993)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 304 pages
- Item Weight : 15 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.76 x 0.86 x 8.78 inches
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