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R.I.P. Wataru Misaka, an NBA trailblazer

Japanese-American Wateru Misaka, the first nonwhite player in NBA history, died Wednesday at the age of 95.

After winning a national championship in college, with Utah, and after a few years in the army, Misaka played three games for the Knicks during the 1947-48 season.

Misaka’s story, as an Asian-American color barrier breaker in an African-American sport, is one of the more improbable in the history of the league.

The New York Times’ obituary is well-worth the read.

We tweeted some of our favorite photos of him, which you can check out here.


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