Lloyd started at power forward â€“ with an emphasis on power â€“ for the 1954-55 NBA champion Syracuse Nationals, who moved to Philadelphia in 1963 to become the 76ers. Lloyd now lives in a retirement community in Crossville, Tenn. Heâ€™s a major, if obscure, figure in NBA history.
He doesnâ€™t mind his low profile. Lloyd has no interest in standing beside Robinson in the nationâ€™s memory. Standing there would only make him nervous.Â Continue reading
Born on Dec. 13, 1923, in Camden, S.C., Doby grew up in New Jersey. He didn’t start out in life longing for a career in professional baseball. He once said that he grew up wanting to teach and coach in high school.
But in 1942, a Negro League umpire recommended to the owner of the Newark Eagles that Doby, still in high school at the time, get a tryout.Â “They gave me a tryout, and I made the team,” Doby said. “That’s how I got involved in Negro League Baseball.”
Doby proved he was star material early in his Negro League days. He was an All-Star second baseman whose baseball credentials might have been better than Robinson’s.Â Continue reading