“Within a week I have had made a pair of corduroy pants, which cost when done $1.60. They are of that peculiar clay-color, reflecting the light from portions of their surface. They have this advantage, that, beside being very strong, they will look about as well three months hence as now,—or as ill, some would say. Most of my friends are disturbed by my wearing them.”
UPDATE: William Clarence Matthews was the single black player on the team and was called “Harvard’s best player.” Unable to fully join the professional leagues, he went to law school and passed the bar, becoming legal counsel to Marcus Garvey in the 1920s.