Fred Flowers Makes History Again

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Tallahassee, FL - Almost 50 years ago, Fred Flowers knew he was making sports history. But, he didn't realize that one day he'd have his own statue.

"We were very much aware of the social change that was going on in America and Tallahassee at the time," said Flowers, a Lincoln High grad. "We were pretty much selected for this goal, both in an academic sense and an athletic sense."

Flowers was the first black athlete to ever put on a uniform at FSU. He played for the Seminoles baseball team.

But his education was the most important thing to him. He received his Bachelor's at FSU and his Juris Doctor from the University of Florida. He's been practicing law in Tallahassee for more than 30 years.

And now he's experience another change. On Friday afternoon, he threw out the first pitch at the FSU-Miami baseball game.

"To throw out the first pitch on behalf of the number one team in the country against the University of Miami, it's just an honor and a privlege," he said.

Making the throw wasn't a problem. He used to pitch on the FSU freshmen team. It was his only season wearing the Garnet and Gold.

"Certain decisions were made, assignments were made to summer league and I saw the handwriting on the wall," said Flowers on his baseball career being cut short.

Flowers will have another career decision to make soon.

"It's sort of getting to the next phase where it's maybe time for me to sort of think about checking myself out of the game in a couple years," he said.

It would be another part of history.

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