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The Knicks’ first black player from Brooklyn

The 1950 Knicks. In the front row, second from left, is John Rucker, who was dropped before Sweetwater Clifton became the team's first black player.

PALM COAST, Fla.The enlarged black-and-white photograph, taken more than 60 years ago, was received and immediately framed.

John Rucker, 81, was a reserve on Brooklyn's Erasmus Hall High team that won the 1948 city title.

 

John Rucker gently and proudly laid on the table his irrefutable evidence that he had actually played ball with the Knicks. Read More

 

 

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