First Black Players to Enter Professional Leagues

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Chuck Cooper

Also in 1950, along with Earl Lloyd, Chuck Cooper entered the NBA when he was drafted by the Boston Celtics. He would also be the first African-American to be drafted by a professional basketball team.

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