Earl Lloyd

Earl Lloyd, who became the first black player to appear in an N.B.A. game when he took the court for the Washington Capitols in October 1950, three and a half years after Jackie Robinson broke modern major league baseball’s color barrier, died on Thursday in Crossville, Tenn. He was 86. His death was announced by […]

Earl Lloyd, the first black NBA player has died at the age of 86. Lloyd a.k.a. ‘the Big Cat’ who served in the armed forces, was a CIAA All American, NBA champion, NBA’s first black Asst. Coach and was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame. He is survived by his wife and three sons. See story here

Today marks the anniversary that basketball great Earl Lloyd, Sr. became the first African-American in the NBA. Lloyd, who was a student at West Virginia…