Cecil Harris

Cecil Harris


Cecil Harris manages his own Web site, www.cecilharrisbooks.com. He is the author of Charging the Net: A History of Blacks in Tennis from Althea Gibson and Arthur Ashe to the Williams Sisters, a New York Times' Editors' Choice selection co-written with Larryette Kyle DeBose. Cecil's other books are Call the Yankees My Daddy, a memoir about his lifelong allegiance to the 26-time World Series champion New York Yankees, and Breaking the Ice: The Black Experience in Professional Hockey, the first book to chronicle the unique history of blacks in hockey, from the early 1900s to the present.

For his work on Breaking the Ice, Cecil received a Sun God award for Outstanding Sports Research from the Society Of North American Historians and Researchers (SONAHR).

During a stint at Gannett newspapers, Cecil earned regional and corporate honors for his beat coverage of the New York Yankees. He has also written for Newsday, the New York Post, The (Raleigh) News & Observer, The Indianapolis Star, The Sporting News, The Hockey News, The New York Times and The (New York) City Sun.

Cecil has covered such major events as the Olympic Games, the World Series, the NBA Finals, the Stanley Cup finals, the NCAA basketball championships, the NCAA Division I football championship, the New York City Marathon and the U.S. Open tennis championships.

Cecil graduated summa cum laude from Fordham University. He lectures on sports from a sociological perspective. He has taught Sports Marketing and Management at Concordia College in Bronxville, New York. He lives in Yonkers, New York.

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  • Angel Navedo posted 3010 days ago

    Angel Navedo

    Hey Cecil,

    Been a while since we've seen you around. I hope all is well, man. Looking forward to reading more of your perspective.

    Take it easy.


  • Richard Langford posted 3011 days ago

    Richard Langford

    I would like to get a Jets fan's perspective on my preview and prediction of the upcoming Raiders-Jets game!


  • JW Nix posted 3019 days ago

    JW Nix

    you might like this Jets great:


  • try p posted 3021 days ago

    try p

    Hey what a game on MNF, can check it out if you get a chance:http://bleacherreport.com/articles/271111-mnfthe-dolphins-unleash-a-wildcat-on-rex-ryan-and-the-jets

  • Sam Fogelgaren posted 3025 days ago

    Sam  Fogelgaren

    Will Braylon Edwards be the player Cleveland thought he would be when they took him third overall, or will he be the disgruntled trouble causer he has been?


  • JW Nix posted 3032 days ago

    JW Nix

    this man belongs in Canton :


  • try p posted 3033 days ago

    try p

    HEY! Could ya check this out!!!http://bleacherreport.com/articles/264422-mark-sanchez-and-the-new-york-jets-are-coastinbut-just-for-now

  • Kevin DeBenedetto posted 3043 days ago

    Kevin DeBenedetto

    What a game yesterday, I'm still thinking about it!

    Here is a piece I put together about the game, and Rex Ryan challenging the fans.


  • James Williamson posted 3046 days ago

    James Williamson

    My apologies for posting this on your board, but I really felt that I needed to write this and I really want you and everyone else to hear this message. I hope that you will give me your opinion.

  • Sam Fogelgaren posted 3056 days ago

    Sam  Fogelgaren

    Hey Cecil,
    Here's my list of the 25 greatest offensive players in Jets history. A read and a comment would be greatly appreciated.
    Thanks a lot,
    Sam Fogelgaren