Tomorrow (December 18, 1908) is the 99th anniversary of the first inter-city game between two African American basketball teams.

The Crescent Athletic Club of Washington, D.C.

The Crescent Athletic Club of Washington, D.C.

When the Smart Set Athletic Club of Brooklyn played the Crescent Athletic Club of Washington, D.C., it was “the first athletic contest between colored athletes” of those or any other two cities.

Brooklyn won.

The Smart Set also won the 1908-09 Colored Basketball World’s Championship, their 2nd title in a row.

In those days, every basketball game was followed by a party, hosted by the home team.

For most of the men it was the first time they had met any African American from another city, let alone another black athlete.

To them it was considered an honor. More importantly, it was an opportunity to learn what was going on culturally, socially, politically, economically.

Basketball was a drumbeat.

Why find out what’s up?  Because, today more than ever, successful people emulate one another and say, “If they can do it, I can do it.”

The Smart Set Athletic Club of Brooklyn.

The Smart Set Athletic Club of Brooklyn.

They use each other for inspiration.

Many of us probably wonder if anything ever even existed 99 years ago. Sounds like a long time ago.

Has the camaraderie changed?

I’d like to hear from you on this. Especially current or former athletes at whatever level.

Do athletes make the time to speak or socialize with their opponents from another town or city after a game?

Why? Or, why not?