A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from May 27, 2005
Blackbirds (Long Island University teams)
It is not known when or why Long Island University called its sports teams the "Blackbirds."

31 January 1935, New York Times, pg. 25:
WIth it came a fitting climax to the fourth of the series of the college double-headers as Long Island University administered a sound setback to St. John's by an almost similar score, 31 to 19, in the opener.
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Like Duquesne, the Blackbirds were slow in getting started, but once they began to clock there just was no stopping them.

4 February 1935. New York Times, pg. 21:
Long Island University also performed well during the week. The Blackbirds brought themselves into the limely as strong contenders for the Metropolitan crown with victories over St. John's and St. Francis, both by wide margins.

4 March 1936, New York Times, pg. 27:
The Long Island University Blackbirds, holders of the best college basketball record in these parts, apparently have no wish to try basketball in Berlin this Summer and have declared themselves out of any Olympic trials.

25 July 1937, Washington Post, pg. X5:
L. I. U. Blackbrids, high in national basketball standings for the past several years, will be played in Brooklyn January 19 and here on February 22.

30 March 1939, New York Times, pg. 30:
L. I. U. Blackbirds Bow

19 March 1947, Washington Post, pg. 10:
The LIU Blackbirds then put on an inspired drive with three little operatives - Ed Gard, Jackie Goldsmith, and Nat Miller - and lanky Dick Holub burning up the court at such a hot pace that the locals tied the score at 62-all with 25 seconds left.

Posted by Barry Popik
Education/Schools • (0) Comments • Friday, May 27, 2005 • Permalink