Moonfixer: The Basketball Journey of Earl Lloyd

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In 1950, future Hall of Famer Earl Lloyd became the first African American
to play in a National Basketball Association game. A warm and gracious
man, widely loved and respected, Lloyd has lived what he describes as an
"incredible journey" and has spent eighty years gathering passionate lessons
from that experience.
He was born in Virginia, a state he describes as "the cradle of segregation,"
only sixty-two years after the end of the Civil War. Nicknamed "Moonfixer"
in college, Lloyd led West Virginia State to two CIAA Conference and
Tournament Championships and was named All-American twice. One of
three African Americans to enter the NBA at that time, Lloyd played seven
games for the Washington Capitals before the team folded. He joined the
Syracuse Nationals for six seasons and later played for the Detroit Pistons
before he retired in 1961.
Throughout his career, he quietly endured the overwhelming slights and
exclusions that went with being black in America. Yet he has also lived to
see basketball-a demonstration of art, power, and pride-become the
black national pastime and to witness the inauguration of Barack Obama.
In a series of extraordinary conversations with Sean Kirst, Lloyd reveals
his fierce determination to succeed, his frustration with the plight of many
young black men, and his sincere desire for the nation to achieve true
equality among its citizens.

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Sean Kirst is a columnist for the Post-Standard in Syracuse, New York. He was a contributing editor for Empire State Report, a political magazine in New York, and he is the author of The Ashes of Lou Gehrig. Kirst was awarded the 2008 Ernie Pyle Journalism Award for human interest writing.

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"A compelling read capable of both shaking you up and reaffirming your love of what he [Earl Lloyd]calls "a game where the ball knows no prejudice; everybody touches it, and everybody touches each other." -Yahoo Sports-BDL Review- NBA Blog --Yahoo Sports-BDL Review-NBA Blog

"A compelling read capable of both shaking you up and reaffirming your love of what he [Earl Lloyd]calls "a game where the ball knows no prejudice; everybody touches it, and everybody touches each other." -Yahoo Sports-BDL Review- NBA Blog --Yahoo Sports-BDL Review-NBA Blog

"In 1950, three years after Jackie Robinson first strode across the baseball diamond, Earl Lloyd became the first black man to play in the NBA.... Moonfixer, Earl Lloyd's first-person account of his life, reads like a good talk with your grandfather: It teaches you a lot of historical lessons [and] makes you want to hear more."- SLAM Magazine --SLAM Magazine

"When NBA pioneer Earl Lloyd was a freshman at West Virginia State in the late 1940s, he was the tallest man on campus. At 6-feet-5, it wasn't uncommon for Lloyd's friends to jokingly ask him to "fix the moon," so that the night might fall just so as they went out on their dates.... Former [Detroit] Piston Earl Lloyd was an NBA pioneer.. [His] autobiography tells [the] story of the league's first African-American player."- Detroit Free Press --Detroit Free Press

"Moonfixer: The Basketball Journey of Earl Lloyd," is a must read for not only NBA fans, but those who love stories about defying the odds. - Erie Times News --Erie Times News

"Lloyd's book is about life lessons, the value of education, family and community footprints and the human spirit faced with daunting social challenges."- Michigan Chronicle --Michigan Chronicle

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