Arete, Sport and Society, American Sport History, Horse Racing, Isaac Murphy, Jockeys
Murphy, Isaac Burns, 1861-1896; Jockeys; Horse racing
Isaac Murphy is not a name commonly known in American Sport, and even among those who follow horse-racing it is not likely to evoke wide recognition. But on this day before the Kentucky Derby it might be worth recalling the career of Isaac Murphy because he was one of the greatest jockeys in the history of the event and one of the greatest jockeys in racing history. Murphy was one of many African-Americans who played a major role in horse-racing in the United States until early in the Twentieth Century when African-Americans were systematically removed from the sport.
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Crepeau, Richard C., "Isaac Murphy: A Great Jockey and a Victim of Segregation in Horse Racing" (1996). On Sport and Society. 465.