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The Basketball Journey of Earl Lloyd

Earl Lloyd and Sean Kirst

Cloth 29.95    |    978-0-8156-0946-9    |    2009

Paper $19.95    |    978-0-8156-0992-6    |    2011

"Lloyd is a trailblazing figure, often overlooked for his contribution to basketball and more. He was the first African-American the play in the NBA, suiting up for the Washington Capitols for the 1950 season. (Three other African-American players hit the hardwood that season, too, but Lloyd played first.) Lloyd, who spent most of his career with the Syracuse Nationals, suffered indignities such as being left home when the Nats played an exhibition in South Carolina. But when Lloyd hears the inevitable Jackie Robinson comparison, he just calls Robinson his hero."—New York Post

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  Sean Kirst is a columnist for the Post-Standard in Syracuse, New York. He was a contributing editor for Empire State Report, a political magazine in New York, and he is the author of The Ashes of Lou Gehrig. Kirst was awarded the 2008 Ernie Pyle Journalism Award for human interest writing, given by the Scripps Howard Foundation to the one newspaper writer nationwide who most exemplifies the works of Pyle, a famed World War II correspondent.

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