Sportscasting Pioneer Jocko Maxwell Dies At 100
July 16, 2008 at 5:08 PM (PT)
Condolences to family and friends of pioneering radio sportscaster SHERMAN "JOCKO" MAXWELL, who died TODAY (7/16) from complications of pneumonia at 100 in WEST CHESTER, PA, according to the NEWARK STAR-LEDGER.
MAXWELL was credited as being the first African-American radio sportscaster, starting at WHOM-A/JERSEY CITY in 1935 and later broadcasting on WNJR-A/NEWARK and other stations until 1967. He also wrote extensively about Negro League baseball and worked a simultaneous career in the U.S. POSTAL SERVICE; he was inducted into the NEWARK ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME in 1994.