State helped put an end to segregated basketball.

and his continuing efforts to promote the game of basketball.

professional basketball remained a segregated …

1912
In a game that puts Pittsburgh on the black basketball map, a previously unknown African American team called the Monticello Athletic Association hosts and defeats “invincible” Howard University, the previous year’s national black basketball champion.

As a result, Black Fives Era basketball games went beyond the sport itself and became meaningful social events.

introducing the slam dunk into the game of professional basketball

With some exceptions, minor league basketball has been a tough sell, if only because college basketball is so widespread and popular as a less flamboyant alternative to the N.B.A. Many of those trying out for the M.G.B.A. do not have the credentials of what one would consider to be an aspiring professional player.

Their efforts paid off in 1916 when the Maroon Tigers varsity basketball team began a 42-game winning streak.

“The Southerners put up a fast game and made a gallant fight against odds, but were beaten almost from the start,” wrote the New York Age, one of the most widely distributed African American newspapers at the time. The final score was 31-25. “The game was unusually rough at times and was marked by a large number of fouls.”


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Gates is the only player to have participated in all ten World Championships of Pro Basketball, from 1939 to 1948. Before turning pro, Gates won a coveted New York City interscholastic basketball championship title in 1938 as team captain of Franklin High School.

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Gates is the only player to have participated in all ten World Championships of Pro Basketball, from 1939 to 1948. Before turning pro, Gates won a coveted New York City interscholastic basketball championship title in 1938 as team captain of Franklin High School.

Washington and New York origins

Gates, a 6′-3″, 195 lb. sharpshooting center, played for several prior teams including the New York Renaissance and the Washington Bears, both of which he led to World Championship of Professional Basketball titles, in 1939 and 1943, respectively.

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Gates, a 6′-3″, 195 lb. sharpshooting center, played for several prior teams including the New York Renaissance and the Washington Bears, both of which he led to World Championship of Professional Basketball titles, in 1939 and 1943, respectively.

Time Trail, West Virginia, January 1998 Programs

William “Pop” Gates was an African American basketball pioneer who broke the color barrier in the National Basketball League, a predecessor to the NBA, when he signed with the Buffalo Bisons in 1946. Gates was considered by many to be one of the best players in the NBL.

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DeZonie landed in the NBA anyway, signing with the Tri-Cities Blackhawks for the 1950-51 season. However, he quit the NBA after just five games out of frustration with the hardships of racism. "The coach didn't know basketball, and I couldn't bother with segregation,” he told USA Today in 1991. Nevertheless, DeZonie’s efforts helped pave the way for future black players