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Date of Birth 3 April 1928Alexandria, Virginia, USA
Date of Death 26 February 2015Crossville, Tennessee, USA
Birth NameEarl Francis Lloyd
Nickname The Big Cat
Height 6' 5" (1.96 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Earl Lloyd was born on April 3, 1928 in Alexandria, Virginia, USA as Earl Francis Lloyd. He was married to Charlita. He died on February 26, 2015 in Crossville, Tennessee, USA.

Spouse (1)

Charlita (1978 - 26 February 2015) (his death) (3 children)

Trivia (5)

He attended segregated schools until he enrolled at West Virginia State, where he starred on outstanding basketball teams.
He was quickly accepted by his white teammates, many of whom were from northern cities and had already played with African-Americans in high school and college.
He was one of the first three African-American players in the NBA. (The others were Chuck Cooper and Nat "Sweetwater" Clifton.) Lloyd was the first of the three to take the court in 1950, when the Washington Capitols opened the season against the Rochester Royals. (Cooper made his debut the next night, followed a few days later by Clifton.).
He was often denied a room in hotels, and he faced frequent abuse from spectators, even in Washington, which was still a segregated city in 1950. A lifelong jazz fan, he found solace on the road in jazz clubs, where race was not an issue.
He played only seven games with the Capitols before being drafted into the Army. He returned to the NBA in 1952 with the Syracuse Nationals, the franchise that eventually became the Philadelphia 76ers.

Personal Quotes (1)

Don't compare me to Jackie Robinson. It's an honor, but I don't deserve that comparison. Jackie was unique. What he went through, no one should have to go through. (in an interview with the Tennessee Tribune in 2012)

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