• Earl Lloyd, league’s first black player, dies


    LOS ANGELES: Earl Lloyd, the first African-American to play in a National Basketball Association game, has died at the age of 86. Friends of the Lloyd family called the WXYZ television station in Detroit to report Lloyd’s death, which was later confirmed by his alma mater, West Virginia State University. Lloyd made his first NBA appearance with the Washington Capitols on October 31, 1950.


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