Tag Archives: Westindian-Panamanian-Athletes

Soccer and the Hazel Scott of Panama

This is Dolores Leacock, the jazz pianist who became known as the Hazel Scott of Panama. Photo thanks to her daughter Yvette Padgett.

Classic photo of the talented Hazel Scott. Photo became the cover image for Karen Chilton’s book about her life.


After my failed attempt at continuing our organized basketball team I began gravitating to the field just on the other side of the schoolyard after class. It was the part of the field with a high cement wall all around its perimeter. There I thought I would find new friends who had the same interests I did- namely new games to get into. Continue reading

Jonathan “Clyde” Parris- We Meet Again!

Here is Clyde Parris today in his Queens home. Both photos are thanks to Nicholas Diunte.

Here is Clyde Parris back in 1959.

A couple of days ago we were delighted to receive a valuable update on the life of an important figure in the athletic heritage of the Silver People of Panama.   We mentioned Jonathan “Clyde” Parris briefly in our article, “Baseball’s Roots in Panama.”  Thanks to Nick Diunte over at Yournabe.com we were treated to a newer and more personal look at the life and times of this extraordinary baseball player and all around athlete. Continue reading