Robert L. Douglas, 1882-1979

 

Robert L. Douglas (November 4, 1882 - July 16, 1979) was the founder of the New York Renaissance basketball team and one of the first African American team managers in sports history. Nicknamed the Father of Black Professional Basketball, Douglas owned and coached the Renaissance team from 1922 to 1949, guiding them to a 2,318-381 (.859) record. Douglas was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame as a contributor on April 20, 1972. The same year, Douglas and the Renaissance were inducted into the Harlem Professionals Hall of Fame.

 

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