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1900 Baseball TeamBaseball was the first inter-collegiate sport at the University of Wisconsin. It was also the first varsity sport to field African-American players. Julian V. Ware and Adelbert R. Matthews became the University of Wisconsin's first black athletes when they suited up for the Badger baseball team in the spring of 1900. Matthews played for two more seasons, and Ware was on the team until 1903. They helped Wisconsin win its first Big Ten baseball title in 1902. Ware made Big Ten history that year when his teammates selected him to be the team captain. He was the first black man in the Big Ten to be so honored.

After Julian Ware's last season on the team in 1903, no African-Americans played baseball at Wisconsin until infielder Frank Burks made the varsity in 1960. After Burks, black players appeared regularly on the team.

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