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Earl Lloyd

Basketball Player Earl Lloyd

Full Name: Earl Lloyd aka The Big Cat
Profession: Basketball Player

United States of America

Biography: The First black person to play a game in the National Basketball Association, when he debuted for the Washington Capitols in the 1950-51 NBA season.

Lloyd later played a major part in helping the Syracuse Nationals win the NBA Championship in 1955. He was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 2003.

Born: April 3, 1928
Birthplace: Alexandria, Virginia, USA

Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Dragon
Star Sign: Aries

Died: February 26, 2015 (aged 86)

Historical Events

  • 1950-10-31 The Big Cat, Earl Lloyd becomes the first African-American to play a game in the NBA, scoring 6 points on debut for the Washington Capitols
  • 2007-12-01 T. C. Williams High School’s newly constructed basketball court is named after Earl Lloyd

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