Humboldt in Allen County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
George Alexander Sweatt
George A. Sweatt Park is named for Humboldt native, George Sweatt, born December 12, 1893. He graduated from Humboldt High School in 1912. Following military service in World War I, he attended Pittsburg State University from 1920 to 1922. A good student and all-around athlete, Sweatt earned a teacher's certificate and became that school's first black athlete to receive a letter in football, basketball, and track. In 1922, Sweatt began a seven-year professional baseball career in the Negro National League. He played for four years with the Kansas City Monarchs and three years with the Chicago American Giants, appearing in the first four Negro World Series. Following his baseball career, Sweatt worked for the U.S. Postal Service until his retirement in 1957. He remained active in coaching and youth organizations until his death on July 19, 1983.
Erected 2003 by City of Humboldt and Humboldt Historical Society - Museum.
Location. 37° 48.105′ N, 95° 25.964′ W. Marker is in Humboldt, Kansas, in Allen County. Marker is on Wulf Drive near 10th Street, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is in Sweatt Park. Marker is in this post office area: Humboldt KS 66748, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers Colonel Irvine (approx. 0.6 miles away); Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.6 miles away); 50th Anniversary of Humboldt (approx. 0.6 miles away); Kate Burnett (approx. 0.7 miles away); German Evangelical Church, 1860 (approx. 0.7 miles away); Confederate Soldier (approx. 0.7 miles away); Civil War Monument (approx. 0.7 miles away); J. A. Coffey (approx. 0.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Humboldt.
More about this marker. The Sweatt Monument is set on a concrete pad shaped like a baseball diamond.
Also see . . .
1. George Alexander Sweatt. (Submitted on July 14, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
2. George Alexander "Sharky" Sweatt. (Submitted on July 14, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
3. Humboldt, Kansas, Baseball History. (Submitted on July 14, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
Categories. • African Americans • Education • Sports • War, World I •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas. This page has been viewed 397 times since then and 66 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.