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Pellom McDaniels III, author of “The Prince of Jockeys: The Life of Isaac Burns Murphy.”   Photo by Titus Falodun.

Pellom McDaniels III, author of “The Prince of Jockeys: The Life of Isaac Burns Murphy.” Photo by Titus Falodun.

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The Forgotten Black Superstar Athlete: Isaac B. Murphy

Muhammad Ali ruled the boxing ring. Michael Jordan ruled the basketball court. And from 1879 to 1892, no one ruled the turf like black jockey Isaac Burns Murphy.