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Coolidge Ball, Indianola Pioneer and First Black Student Athlete at Ole Miss, Dies


The Ole Miss community is sad after the death of Coolidge Ball, who was the first Black athlete at the university. Ball, aged 71, leaves behind a legacy that inspires everyone.

Chancellor Glenn Boyce said, “We’re sad about Coolidge Ball’s passing. He was a pioneer who helped other athletes here.” Ball made history in 1970 by joining the men’s basketball team, making a big difference in all sports.

Ball chose Ole Miss over other schools to play basketball. He was from Indianola, Mississippi, and his choice meant a lot. People admired his strength and kindness both on and off the court.

Chancellor Boyce sent sympathies to Ball’s family. Coolidge Ball changed Ole Miss sports as the first Black athlete, making a legacy that inspires others.

The Ole Miss community remembers Coolidge Ball and his important impact on sports at the university.