Colored Basketball World’s Champions, 1907-1925
The term “Colored Basketball World’s Champion” was coined around 1907 by Lester Walton, the entertainment and sports editor for the New York Age, which was the country’s most widely circulated African American newspaper at the time.
The term stuck and was subsequently used by other sportswriters.
This “championship” was not played at any one specific location or venue. Rather, it was a consensus declaration among the leading sportswriters of the African American newspapers that covered basketball.
- Additional champions for additional years.
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