Black Fives

October 25, 2022

Basketball was invented in 1891, about a half century before the sport became racially integrated. It was 13 years after basketball’s creation that African Americans began to play the game. In the early days of basketball teams were referred to as “fives” in reference to their five starting players.

Teams made up entirely of African American players were often known as “colored quints,” “Negro cagers,” or “Black fives.” Racial integration of the National Basketball League did not happen until the 1940s.

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