Right 6 6 220lb 198cm 99kg born. In the fall of 1950 the game of basketball changed forever when nat sweetwater clifton entered the nba.
He played at the center and forward positions for eight seasons.
Nat sweetwater clifton. After serving in the us army during world war ii he first rose to fame as a member of the harlem globetrotters 1947 to 1950. He might be considered the nba s first. He might be considered the.
Nathaniel sweetwater clifton was a basketball star at chicago s dusable high school. In the 1942 city championship semifinals during his senior year he scored 45 points. Clifton played for the all black new york rens and harlem globetrotters before becoming one of the first african american players in the nba when he joined the new york knicks for the 1950 51 season.
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. Nat sweetwater clifton also called sweets earned his nickname for his love of soda pop. Clifton played one season at xavier university in new orleans before being drafted into the u s.
He was a first in another way as well. Nathaniel clifton born clifton nathaniel sweetwater nat sweets position. August 31 1990 college.
With wood harris cylk cozart dave cobert jude thomas. Xavier university of louisiana. He served for three years in europe.
Nat sweetwater clifton one of the first black players in the national basketball association and a popular star with the new york knick teams of the 1950 s died friday in chicago apparently. Clifton the 6 7 center of the new york knickerbockers is the first black player in the professional basketball league. Nathaniel sweetwater clifton born clifton nathaniel.
He was born clifton nathaniel in little rock arkansas and later raised in chicago illinois. He was a first in another way as well. Nat sweetwater clifton reports to coach joe lapchick.
Directed by martin guigui. He is best known as one of the first african americans to play in the national basketball association nba. October 13 1922 august 31 1990 was an american professional basketball and baseball player.
Nathaniel sweetwater clifton biography. In the post war years. Dusable in chicago illinois.
The story of the first african american contracted to play in the 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. October 13 1922 in little rock arkansas us.