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John Isaacs

John Isaacs (Pro basketball.  Born, Panama City, Canal Zone, Sept. 30, 1915; died, The Bronx, Jan. 26, 2009.)  A New York high school basketball star who became a top professional, John Isaacs joined the celebrated New York Rens in 1935.  Isaacs was a major factor in the Rens’ winning the first World Pro tournament in […]

Bobby Douglas

Bobby Douglas (Pro basketball.  Born, St. Kitts, B.W.I., Nov. 4, 1882; died, New York, NY, July 16, 1979.)  Coming to New York as a youngster, Robert L. Douglas became both a pro basketball pioneer and a significant figure in racial opportunity.  Before World War I, Douglas formed a basketball team he called the Spartan Braves […]

Tarzan Cooper

Tarzan Cooper (Pro basketball.  Born, Newark, DE, Aug. 30, 1905; died, Philadelphia, PA, Dec. 19, 1980.)  As a center, Charles Cooper was one of the stars of the Renaissance Five, the best black basketball team of its era, for 11 years (1929-40).  Cooper helped the Rens win the 1939 World Pro tournament in Chicago, Ill.  […]

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