Sherman “Jocko” Maxwell (1907-2008)

Maxwell was born in Newark, N.J. and later served in the United States Army and World War II. His broadcasting career began in 1929 with a five-minute weekly sports report for Newark-based WNJR, making him what many believe to be the first African-American sportscaster. By the early 1930s, Maxwell was broadcasting on stations throughout northern New Jersey. He later became a public address announcer at Ruppert Stadium for the Newark Eagles of the Negro Leagues and later contributed to both Baseball Digest and the Ledger, which predated the Star-Ledger.