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Today In Sports History October 31st: Early Lloyd Breaks The NBA Color Barrier

SYRACUSE, NY - 1950: Earl Lloyd #11 of the Syracuse Nationals poses for a portrait circa 1950 in Syracuse, New York. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by The Stevenson Collection/ NBAE/ Getty Images)

Today in sports history October 31st, 1950 Early Lloyd broke the color barrier in the NBA and became the first black player to play in the NBA.

Source: Lloyd’s NBA debut came on October 31, 1950, with the Washington Capitols. Earl only played seven games with Washington before being drafted into military service. When he was discharged in 1952, the Caps had folded and his playing rights had been acquired by Syracuse.

Lloyd would spend six seasons with the Nats – making him the first black player in franchise history – and was a starter on the 1955 team that won the franchise’s first championship. Lloyd and teammate Jim Tucker were the first African Americans to win an NBA title.



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