Abe Saperstein’s All-Time All-Stars that played before 1950

 

First Team:

Al “Runt” Pullins (1929-1934)

Harry Rusan (1934-1939)

Ermer Robinson (1947-

Reese “Goose” Tatum (1941-42) -(1946-54)

Inman Jackson (1930-44)

Nat Sweetwater” Clifton (1948-50)

Ted Strong (1939-42) -(1945-48)

Louis “Babe” Presley (1939-

Wyatt “Sonny” Boswell (1939-42)

Marques Haynes (1947-

William Pop Gates

Second Team:

Zack Clayton (1940-41) – (1945-46)

Rock Anderson (1930-33)

Roscoe “Duke” Cumberland (1939-41) – (1949-

Opal Courtney (1935-1937)

Bernie Price (1938-41) – (1943-47)

Andy Washington (1929-30)

Bill Ford (1934-39)

Bob Frazier (1934-39)

​Walter “Toot’s” Wright (1929-33)

Hillary Brown (1937-39)

Duckie Moore 

Vertis Ziegler

1950-51 season, 4 new players

  • Earl Lloyd—Washington Capitals

  • Hank DeZonie—Tri Cities Blackhawks

  • Chuck Cooper—Boston Celtics

  • Nat “Sweetwater” Clifton—New York Knicks,

  • Harold Hunter -Baltimore

 

1952-53 season, 0 new players, 6 total players

  • Don Barksdale—Baltimore Bullets

  • Chuck Cooper—Boston Celtics

  • Nat “Sweetwater” Clifton—New York Knicks

  • Earl Lloyd—Syracuse Nationals

 

1954-55 season, 3 new players, 9 total players

  • Don Barksdale—Boston Celtics

  • Chuck Cooper—Milwaukee Hawks

  • Ray Felix—New York Knicks

  • Nat “Sweetwater” Clifton New York Knicks

  • Jackie Moore—Philadelphia Warriors

  • Earl Lloyd—Syracuse Nationals

  • Jim Tucker—Syracuse Nationals

 

1956-1957 season, 6 new players, 14 total players

  • Bill Russell—Boston Celtics

  • Walter Dukes—Minnesota Lakers

  • Ray Felix—New York Knicks

  • Nat “Sweetwater” Clifton—​New York Knicks

  • Willie Naulls—New York Knicks

  • Jackie Moore—Philadelphia Warrior

  • Maurice Stokes—Rochester Royals

  • Dick Ricketts—Rochester Royals

  • Sihugo Green—Rochester Royals

  • Earl Lloyd—Syracuse Nationals

  • Bob Hopkins-Syracuse Nationals

  • Jim Tucker—Syracuse Nationals

  • Bob Williams—Minnesota Lakers

  • Hal Lear—Philadelphia Warriors

  • Ed Fleming—Rochester Royals

1958—1959 season, 4 new players, 15 total players

  • Bill Russell—Boston Celtics—Rebound stats

  • Sam Jones—Boston Celtics 

  • KC Jones—Boston Celtics

  • Walter Dukes—Detroit Pistons

  • Earl Lloyd—Detroit Pistons

  • Elgin Baylor—Minneapolis Lakers

  • Willie Nauls – New York Knicks

  • Ray Felix—New York Knicks

  • Woody Sauldsberry—Philadelphia Warriors

  • Guy Rodgers—Philadelphia Warriors

  • Andy Johnson—Philadelphia Warriors

  • Sihugo Green—St. Louis Hawks

  • Hal Greer—Syracuse Nationals

  • Bob Hopkins—Syracuse Nationals

  • Ed Fleming—Minneapolis Lakers

 

1960-1961 season, 4 new players, 19 total players

  • Bill Russell—Boston Celtics

  • KC Jones—Boston Celtics

  • Sam Jones—Boston Celtics

  • Oscar Robertson—Cincinnati Royals

  • Walter Dukes—Detroit Pistons

  • Elgin Baylor—Los Angeles Lakers

  • Ray Felix—Los Angeles Lakers

  • Willie Naulls—New York Knicks

  • Wilt Chamberlain—Philadelphia Warriors

  • Guy Rodgers—Philadelphia Warriors

  • Andy Johnson—Philadelphia Warriors Al

  • Attles—Philadelphia Warriors

  • Lenny Wilkens—St. Louis Hawks

  • Sihugo Green—St. Louis Hawks

  • Woody Sauldsbury—St. Louis Hawks

  • Fred LaCour—St. Louis Hawks

  • Hal Greer—Syracuse Nationals

  • Dick Barnett—Syracuse Nationals

  • Cal Ramsey—Syracuse Nationals

1951-52 season, 3 new players, 5 total players

  • Don Barksdale—Baltimore Bullets

  • Chuck Cooper—Boston Celtics

  • Nat Clifton—New York Knicks

 

1953-54 season, 1 new player, 5 total players

  • Ray Felix—Baltimore Bullets

  • Don Barksdale—Boston Celtics

  • Chuck Cooper—Boston Celtics 

  • Nat “Sweetwater” Clifton – New York Knicks

  • Earl Lloyd—Syracuse Nationals

 

1955-1956 season, 3 new players, 9 total players

  • Ray Felix—New York Knicks

  • Nat “Sweetwater” Clifton—New York Knicks

  • Walter Dukes—New York Knicks

  • Jackie Moore – Philadelphia Warriors

  • Maurice Stokes—Rochester Royals

  • Earl Lloyd—Syracuse Nationals

  • Jim Tucker—Syracuse Nationals

  • Ed Fleming—Rochester Royals

 

1957 -1958 season, 3 new players, 11 total players

  • Bill Russell—Boston Celtics

  • Sam Jones—Boston Celtics

  • Maurice Stokes—Cincinnati Royals

  • Dick Ricketts—Cincinnati Royals

  • Walter Dukes—Detroit Pistons

  • Nat “Sweetwater” Clifton—Detroit Pistons

  • Willie Nauls—New York Knicks

  • Ray Felix—New York Knicks

  • Woody Sauldsberry—Philadelphia Warriors

  • Bob Hopkins—Syracuse Nationals

  • Earl Lloyd—Syracuse

  • Nationals Ed Fleming—Minneapolis Lakers

 

 

 

1959—1960 season, 2 new players, 18 total players

  • Bill Russell—Boston Celtics

  • Sam Jones—Boston Celtics

  • KC Jones—Boston Celtics

  • Walter Dukes—Detroit Pistons

  • Earl Lloyd—Detroit Pistons

  • Elgin Baylor—Minnesota Lakers

  • Ray Felix—Minnesota Lakers

  • Willie Naulls—New York Knicks

  • Cal Ramsey—New York Knicks

  • Wilt Chamberlain—Philadelphia Warriors

  • Guy Rodgers—Philadelphia Warriors

  • Woody Sauldsberry—Philadelphia Warriors

  • Andy Johnson—Philadelphia Warriors

  • Sihugo Green—St. Louis Hawks

  • Hal Greer—Syracuse Nationals

  • Dick Barnett—Syracuse Nationals

  • Bob Hopkins—Syracuse Nationals

  • Ed Flemng—Minneapolis Lakers

 

1961-1962 season, 2 new players, 12 total players

  • Bill Russell—Boston Celtics

  • Sam Jones—Boston Celtics

  • KC Jones—Boston Celtics

  • Walt Bellamy—Chicago Packers

  • Andy Johnson—Chicago Packers

  • Sihugo Green—Chicago Packers

  • Woody Saulsbury—Chicago Packers

  • Oscar Roberson—Cincinnati Royals

  • Joe Buckhalter—Cincinnati Royals

List of the first Black Pioneers of the NBA

(13 of the first 21 recruited were Globetrotters)

First Team

  • Andy Johnson

  • Charles Hoxie

  • Roman Turman

  • Woody Sauldsberry

  • Carl Green

  • Leon Hillard

  • Herman Taylor

  • Tarzan Cooper

  • Sam Wheeler

  • Willie Gardener

  • Ernest Wagner

  • Wilt Chamberlain

  • Bob "Original Showboat" Hall

  • Walter Dukes

  • Clarence Wilson

Second Team

  • Meadowlark Lemon

  • JC Gibson

  • Max Jamison

  • George Brown

  • Bill Garrett

  • Charles Holton 

  • Jessie Arnell

  • Charles Primus

  • Wally Choice

  • Bobby Milton

  • Stanley Burrell

  • Alvin Clinkscales

  • Josh Grider

  • Chuck Holton

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The following teams were picked from my research with former Globetrotters during my interviews with them.

*Between 1950 and 1960

Copyright 2019 The Andy Johnson Foundation

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