1972: Bob Douglas Becomes The First Black Man Inducted Into Basketball Hall Of Fame

Left: The Harlem Renaissance with their coach, Bob Douglas (inset). Right: Bob Douglas. Sources: pdxretro.com; Pinterest.

With thousands of wins under his belt and decades of experience as owner and coach of one of the most important and earliest black basketball teams, Bob Douglas was finally enshrined into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1972. Throughout his career he pushed through Jim Crow laws to lead the New York Renaissance basketball team across the country to play whatever teams wanted to face them. He fought racial discrimination side by side with his players and while doing so he inspired generations of players that followed. It’s very likely that the NBA wouldn’t be the sports organization that we know today without him.