Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Billy Jones

William McNeil Jones

February 3, 1914
Toledo, OH

April 9, 2006
Los Angeles, CA

1928-29 Woodward High School - Toledo (High School)
1929-30 Woodward High School - Toledo (High School)
1933-34 University of Toledo (College)
1936-37 University of Toledo (College)
1937-38 University of Toledo (College)
1938-39 Toledo All Stars (Independent)
1938-39 Toledo Brown Bombers (Independent)
1939-40 Toledo Collegians (Independent)
1940-41 Toledo White Huts (Independent)
1941-42 Toledo White Huts (Independent)
1941-42 Harlem Globetrotters (Independent)
1942-43 Toledo Jim White Chevrolets (NBL)
Ciralsky Meat Packers (Independent)

Jones was one of the ten black players to break the color barrier in the NBL. After many years of playing in the Toledo area, he moved to Los Angeles where worked for many years as the industrial director for the L.A. Urban League, pushing the city to hire more minority employees at the local transit authority.

Toledo Blade Obituary


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