First Black Players to Enter Professional Leagues

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Nat "Sweetwater" Clifton 

Joining Chuck Cooper and Earl Lloyd in making history was Nat “Sweetwater” Clifton, the first to sign an NBA contract with the New York Knicks, where he played for seven seasons. 

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