Deadspin has an article today about one of our own.
We all know that Wilmeth Sidat-Singh has his basketball jersey hanging from the rafters of the Carrier Dome. But did you all know that he was a star football player too that fell victim to racial discrimination and segregation too?
On October 24, 1937, Syracuse was scheduled to play at the University of Maryland with a star at QB. But until a day before everyone believed Wilmeth Sidat-Singh to be Hindu. But the day before, a newspaper posted an article with the headline "NEGRO TO PLAY U. OF MARYLAND - THEY CALL HIM A HINDU"
U of M forced Syracuse to bench Sidat-Singh or they wouldn't play. Syracuse caved, kept Sidat-Singh on the bench and we lost 13-0, our first loss of the year. We would end the year 5-2-1.
Sidat-Singh got his revenge the next season when Maryland came to Archbold Stadium, winning 53-0.
Next weekend, the University of Maryland is going to try to make amends to his family for forcing him to sit out the game in 1937. They will honor Sidat-Singh and have a suite at Byrd Stadium for his relatives and descendants to watch the game.
[Kumea] Shorter-Gooden (U-M's Chief Diversity Officer, and a non-blood relative to Sidat-Singh's family) says a family representative will be led down onto the field while a short film about Sidat-Singh's life, including mentions of what happened in that Syracuse-Maryland game, is shown on stadium video screens.