He was a first in another way as well. He might be considered the nba s first black star.
Born in england arkansas clifton s and his family moved to chicago when he was eight.
Nat clifton nba. One of the first three african american players in the national basketball association nba nat sweetwater clifton was actually the first under official contract to play in the league. Dusable in chicago illinois. August 31 1990 college.
His birth name was clifton nathaniel but after he became a high school star athlete he reversed the two names when sportswriters complained that the last name nathaniel was too long to fit in a headline. Black history month nba pioneer nat sweetwater clifton was a chicago legend. While chuck cooper and earl lloyd clifton s african american.
October 13 1922 august 31 1990 was an american professional basketball and baseball player. Xavier university of louisiana. Nat clifton was born on this date in 1922.
During his stint with the harlem globetrotters he showcased his exceptional ball handling skills which helped to lead him to a nba contract. That same year nat sweetwater clifton was the first black player to ink an nba contract signing with the new york knickerbockers whom he helped reach the finals during his rookie season. Nathaniel sweetwater clifton born clifton nathaniel.
He is best known as one of the first african americans to play in the national basketball association nba. He was an african american basketball player. In 1950 the hoops star became the first black player to sign an nba contract.
Nat clifton profile as nba player height weight and age birthplace seasons played career per game averages and awards received. Nat sweetwater clifton was a giant of a man physically who was as gentle. The official site of the national basketball association.
Known to be one of the first african americans to play in the nba nathaniel clifton joined the new york rens which was a all black professional basketball team. Right 6 6 220lb 198cm 99kg born. Nathaniel clifton born clifton nathaniel sweetwater nat sweets position.
Your home for scores schedules stats news nba league pass nba tv video highlights fantasy rankings and more for nba players and teams. Clifton s knicks teammate willie naulls had the following words to say about the 2014 hall of fame inductee. October 13 1922 in little rock arkansas us.