Basketball’s Jackie Robinson

The story of the first black man in the NBA.

Danielle Gibson
Apr 3 · 4 min read
Photo by MontyLov on Unsplash

Jackie Robinson broke baseball’s color barrier when he stepped onto the field for the Dodgers on April 15, 1947. The NBA’s color barrier was broken the same year when Wat Misaka was drafted by the Knicks in the 1947 BAA Draft (later known as the NBA). Wat Misaka was Japanese American and became the first non-white player in professional…