April 11, 2021
Playing for the Syracuse Nationals, Earl Lloyd (11), battles Fort Wayne’s Mel Hutchins (9) for a rebound during an NBA championship game on April 5, 1955. With the series victory, Lloyd and teammate Jim Tucker became the first African Americans to become NBA champions.
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Trailblazer broke the color barrier of the NBA
Under the glare of a national spotlight, Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier for Major League Baseball in 1947.