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IN THE HALL OF FAME ON THIS DAY IN 1972

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      Robert L. "Bob" Douglas (November 4, 1882 – July 16, 1979)

Bob Douglas was the founder of the New York Renaissance basketball
team. Nicknamed the "Father of Black Professional Basketball", Douglas
owned and coached the Rens from 1923 to 1949, guiding them to a record
of 2,318-381 (.859). He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame as a
contributor in 1972, becoming the first African-American to be elected.

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New York Times, 1939

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