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Pop Gates

Pop Gates (Pro basketball.  Born, Decatur, GA, Aug. 30, 1917; died, New York, NY, Dec. 1, 1999.)  A legendary name in the early days of emerging black players in basketball, William Gates moved to New York as a youngster and established his reputation on Ben Franklin H.S.’s integrated team.  After a P.S.A.L. championship in his […]

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 […]

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