Earl Lloyd (1928- )
Born in Alexandria, Va., Earl Lloyd became the first African-American to play in the NBA. Lloyd played college basketball at West Virginia State University and was selected by the Washington Capitols in the 1950 NBA Draft. He made his NBA debut on Oct. 31, 1950, but the team folded in Jan. 1951. He joined the U.S. Army in Forst Still, Okla. prior to the Syracuse Nationals claiming him off waivers. He played in Syracuse for six seasons and two with the Detroit Pistons before retiring in 1960. In 1955, Syracuse won the NBA championship, making Lloyd and Jim Tucker the first African-Americans to win an NBA title. Lloyd was named to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2003.