Born: Apr 03, 1928 · Alexandria, VA
Died: Feb 26, 2015 · Crossville, TN
Height: 6′ 5″ (1.96 m)
Spouse: Charlita Lloyd
Education: West Virginia State University
Upcoming movies: The First To Do It
Major General Walter E. Gaskin, left, greets with basketball hall of famer, Earl “The Pearl” Lloyd during the CIAA Hall of Fame brunch, March 3, 2006. Lloyd was the first African-American to play in an NBA game.Highlights
- 1948: Lloyd led West Virginia State to two CIAA Conference and Tournament Championships in 1948 and 1949.
- 1951: Lloyd played in only seven games for the Washington Capitols before the team folded on January 9, 1951.
- 1965: According to Detroit News sportswriter Jerry Green, in 1965 Detroit Pistons General Manager Don Wattrick wanted to hire Lloyd as the team’s head coach.
- 2007: On December 1, 2007, the newly constructed basketball court at T. C. Williams High School in Lloyd’s home town of Alexandria, Virginia, was named in his honor.
- 2015: In 2015 Lloyd, along with fellow basketball player Alonzo Mourning, was one of eight Virginians honored in the Library of Virginia’s “Strong Men & Women in Virginia History” because of his contributions to the sport of basketball.
- 2015: Earl resided in Fairfield Glade, Tennessee, just outside Crossville, until his death in February 2015.