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Sachio Kinugasa

His father is Black and his mother is Japanese (according to The Baseball Online Directory).  He made headlines wherever people follow baseball on June 13, 1987 when he played in his 2,131st consecutive game to break the record held for 48 years by New York Yankees' great Lou Gehrig. A few weeks later, Kinugasa became the third Japanese player to crack 500 career home runs. At long last he became a fan favorite, overcoming years of abuse endured because his father was a black American soldier.

Michael Takahashi
Born to a Japanese mother and a Black father (according to the International Interracial Assoc.).  The Japan Basketball League (JBL) is one of Asia's best, and Takahashi has led his team, Isuzu, to 4 consecutive league titles. He also led Japan to 2nd place in the 1997 ABC Men's Championships, and a place in the 1998 World Championships, where he impressed the world as the lone bright spot on the Japan team at that time.
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John Amaechi
His mother is White and his father is Black.  John Amaechi is Britain's most successful basketball player ever and He became the first British player to ever start an NBA game as well as the only Briton to play in an NBA play-off match.  He is currently a Center for the Orlando Magic.
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Peter Westbrook
His father is Black, his mother is Japanese.  A six-time Olympian and 13-time U.S. national champion, Peter Westbrook is one of America's most decorated athletes. As a fencer, he toils in relative obscurity, yet his accomplishments in and out of the arena are legion. As a Black man in a white sport, he's become an Arthur Ashe with sword instead of racket, a pioneer with deep community roots.  Started the Peter Westbrook Foundation to teach inner-city kids about Fencing.  See his book in MixedFolks Multimedia.
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Shane Battier
His father is Black and his mother is White (From an article in the USA Today).  A 6-9 forward for the Duke Blue Devils.  His senior year he led his team to the National Championship and also won these individual awards:  College Player of the Year, 1st team All-American, All-Academic Team, and Defensive Player of the Year.
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Yannick Noah
His father is from Camaroon and his mother is French.  In 1983, Noah captured his only Grand Slam singles title at the French Open over Mats Wilander and became a worldwide celebrity and a hero in France. During his career, he won 23 singles titles and was runner up at 13 others. Noah also found success in doubles and was ranked #1 in 1986. Teamed with Henri Leconte, he won the 1984 French Open doubles title and was the finalist at the 1985 U.S. Open.
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Daley Thompson
His father is Nigerian and his mother is Scottish (From Britannica.com).  British decathlete who became only the second competitor in history to win the decathlon at two Olympic Games, capturing gold medals in 1980 and 1984.


Rick Fox

According to ESPN Magazine's January 7th's issue he was born in Canada to a Black Bahamian father and white Canadian mother. In college he led the North Carolina Tar Heels to the 1991 NCAA Final Four. Was then drafted by the Boston Celtics and 4 years later signed as a free agent with the LA Lakers. Has been a member of 3 championship teams. Had a cameo appearance in the movie "He Got Game" and a recurring role in the HBO drama Oz. Married to actress/singer/model Venessa Williams.

 

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