Wilmeth Sidat-Singh Photo

Wilmeth Sidat-Singh

Born: Feb 13, 1918

Death: May 9, 1943

Birthplace: Washington, D.C.

Profession: Basketball player

Nationality: United States

Wilmeth Sidat-Singh

Date of Birth : Feb 13, 1918
Date of Death : May 9, 1943
Birth Place : Washington, D.C.

Wilmeth Sidat-Singh was an African-American basketball and football player who was subject to segregation in college and professional sports in the 1930s. His parents were both African-American. After the death of his father, Elias Webb, his mother, Pauline, married Samuel Sidat-Singh, a medical student from India who adopted Wilmeth, giving him his family name. After his graduation from Howard University, Dr. Sidat-Singh moved the family to Harlem and set up a family medical practice. Wilmeth showed great talent as an athlete and became a basketball star, leading DeWitt Clinton High School to the New York Public High School Athletic League championship in 1934. He received an offer of a basketball scholarship from Syracuse University and enrolled in 1935. While playing an intramural football game, an assistant football coach noticed his talent and asked him to join the football team. Sidat-Singh starred for Syracuse, playing a position equivalent to modern-day quarterback and starring for the basketball team as well. Syracuse University and nearby Cornell University were among the first collegiate football teams to include African-American players as starting backfield players.


  • Basketball player
  • American football player

Also known as

  • The Syracuse Walking Dream


  • Elias Webb
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