After High School, Jesse would go on to Ohio State University, where he would win eight national track and field championships, and become known as the “Buckeye Bullet.” He was still not given a scholarship, and when the team travelled, he often had to eat at separate, “Blacks only” restaurants.
At the conclusion of the olympics, President Roosevelt invited all of the athletes who won gold medals to the white house for dinner, except for the black ones.
Jessie Owens, one of the greatest athletes of all time, not allowed to go to the White House, not allowed on the front of the bus.He was also not offered commercial endorsements or lucrative jobs after the olympics. He had to perform gimmicks like racing against horses to make money. At one point, he would work as a gas station attendant.
Abe Saperstein was the owner of the Harlem Globetrotters. He wanted to create a professional Negro baseball league to play in six cities on the west coast, including Portland and Seattle. He sought ought Jesse Owens to own a team, and that team became the Portland Rosebuds. They would play their first game June 4, 1946 at Vaughn St. Park, located at the corner of Northwest 24th and Vaughn.
Vaughn Street park had a capacity of a little over 12,000. Unfortunately, only 1500 people showed up to watch the Rosebuds play the Los Angeles White Sox. Before the game, Owens demonstrated his speed to the fans by sprinting around the field. The local media gave the team very little attention, as Portland baseball fans were already loyal to their Portland Beavers.
The league didn’t fair well in the other cities either, and disbanded after only two months. Jesse would go on later to spend a short time as the running coach for the New York Mets.
THE REST OF THE STORY FOR JESSE OWENS
Mr. Owens bounced from job to job for the rest of his life. He worked for the Ford Automobile Company, ran a dry cleaning business, and tried his hand at several promotions and gimmicks. In 1965, he filed for bankruptcy.