Windsor Athletes Honoured Prior To Express Tipoff

By Matt Dumouchelle

(WINDSOR, ON) – It’s Black History Month and the Windsor Express are honouring three members of the Northstar Cultural Community Centre prior to their 2:00 pm game on Sunday, February 22, against the Mississauga Power.

The tribute will focus on women basketball stars, Pat Harrison and Madeline Chase, and multi-sport standout, Fred Thomas.

Harrison and Chase were members of the Club 240 Women’s Basketball Team, which received recognition in 2014 from the Windsor-Essex County Sports Hall of Fame. The team played through the mid-1960’s until the early 1970’s and won nine provincial and six eastern Canada championships.

Thomas participated in basketball, baseball, football, and track and field in high school and later scored 2,059 points in his four years at Assumption College. He is third on the NCAA basketball all-time list.

In his professional career, Thomas played for the Harlem Globetrotters, the Toronto Argonauts, and a farm club of the Cleveland Indians, where he became the first black man to play in the Eastern Baseball League.

Thomas was inducted into the Afro-American Hall of the Fame in 1994, the Canadian Basketball Hall of Fame in 1995, and the Windsor-Essex County Sports Hall of Fame in 1981. He is the individual for whom Fred Thomas Park was named.

Fred Thomas will be represented by his brother George Thomas and his son Greg.

Fundraiser tickets are available at the Northstar Cultural Community Centre office.

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