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Local Author Talks of First Black NBA Player's Connection to Syracuse

By Ryan Morden


Oswego, NY – Whether you're a sports fan or not, most people know the name Jackie Robinson, who became the first African American to play Major League Baseball in 1947. But most people may not know the name Earl Lloyd. Just 3 years after Robinson took the field for the Brooklyn Dodgers, Lloyd (on Halloween night in Rochester) became the first African American to play in the NBA. He spent 6 years playing for the Syracuse Nationals and is the subject of a new book called "Moonfixer: The Basketball Journey of Earl Lloyd". It was co-written by Sean Kirst, who is also a columnist for the Syracuse Post-Standard. Kirst spoke about the book with WRVO's Ryan Morden.