Brian Gaynor of the Des Moines Register copped some nice research about the breaking of the racial color barrier in the old National Basketball League, for a piece he wrote that appeared this week in the Sheboygan Press.
Isaacs’ biggest contributions came well after his playing days ended. For decades, he mentored youth in the South Bronx at the Madison Square Boys and Girls Club, the kids not aware at all (usually, until they saw him on TV) that the still-fit elderly man was a trailblazer and a vocal critic of the conditions he and his teammates had to endure, on and off the court. Future NBA legends like Tiny Archibald came through the Madison Square Club as kids, shaped by Isaacs’ big voice and reservoir of stories.
Who knew these treasures existed? Dozens of African American basketball teams from the early 1900s, lost in the sands of time. Buried for years beneath the publicity and hype of first the N.C.A.A., then the Harlem Globetrotters, then the N.B.A. I’m using the buried treasure analogy because on this day, November 26, 1922, American archaeologist [...]
Here’s a wonderful article by journalist Ryan E. Smith that appeared in the Pulitzer Prize winning Toledo Blade on Sunday, October 26, 2008. I’ve been meaning to share it. At least 11 men with Toledo ties played for the Harlem Globetrotters By Ryan E. Smith Blade Staff Writer It’s been a long, long time since [...]
Today is the anniversary of the first black players to play in the N.B.A. From the Chester (Pa.) Times, on October 20, 1950: Several Negro basketball stars will be members of the teams in the National Basketball Association for the first time this winter. Nat (Sweetwater) Clifton of the Harlem Globetrotters, and Chuck Cooper, Duquesne [...]
Judging from what I saw at the 16th Annual John Henry “Pop” Lloyd Humanitarian and Youth Awards in Atlantic City last weekend, this event just keeps getting better.