Flick Truth: What a distinction the years make… | Native information

Question: A hundred years ago, Richard J. “Dick” Tate was so outstanding at Bloomington High School that he starred in soccer, athletics, and baseball at Illinois State Normal University to become one of the university’s most iconic athletes at the time. Do you know his nickname?

Reply: In the 1920s, Tate was greatly idolized, known in the headlines as “The Colored Flash”. In baseball he not only played for ISNU, but was also a star on a well-known semi-pro team, the Bloomington Colored Giants. That is legendary and now so antiquated in many ways.

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