Joe Louis
Photo Credit: U.S. Army
Staff Sgt. Louis sews on the technical sergeant rank on April 10, 1945. When many athletes were drafted into the services, Louis volunteered and used his celebrity status to recruit African Americans and boost the morale of troops all over the country. Lost in his popularity as the boxer known as the "Brown Bomber" is the fact that he was the first golfer to play in a Professional Golf Association-sanctioned event.
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