Davis, 23, succumbs to leukemia
May 18, 1963
After a 13-month battle against acute monocytic leukemia, the most virulent form of blood cancer, Ernie Davis succumbs to the disease and dies early this morning in a Cleveland hospital.
In 1961, Davis became the first African-American to win the Heisman Trophy. A two-time All-American halfback, he rushed for 2,386 yards in 360 attempts (6.6-yard average) and scored 35 touchdowns in his career to break the school records set by the player who helped recruit him ...
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