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Chuck Cooper Boston Celtics and  NBA Pioneer
Chuck Cooper Boston Celtics and NBA Pioneer
Published: 2016/11/01
Channel: Chuck Cooper Foundation
Barrier Breaker - Chuck Cooper
Barrier Breaker - Chuck Cooper
Published: 2014/02/24
Channel: Webber Media Group
Charles Cooper Highlights
Charles Cooper Highlights
Published: 2017/03/16
Channel: Jonathon Zenk
Chuck Cooper Boston Celtics - NBA History
Chuck Cooper Boston Celtics - NBA History
Published: 2017/10/25
Channel: Chuck Cooper Foundation
Barrier Breakers: Chuck Cooper
Barrier Breakers: Chuck Cooper
Published: 2013/02/04
Channel: dmt8478
Chuck Cooper Classic Duquesne vs. Richmond Promotional Video
Chuck Cooper Classic Duquesne vs. Richmond Promotional Video
Published: 2012/02/03
Channel: goduquesne
Chuck Cooper III on Commissioner Silver
Chuck Cooper III on Commissioner Silver's Apology
Published: 2014/05/08
Channel: Chuck Cooper Foundation
Barrier Breakers: Chuck Cooper Feb-19-2012
Barrier Breakers: Chuck Cooper Feb-19-2012
Published: 2012/02/20
Channel: TheNBAasia
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar + Chuck D: Playing Basketball (ICONOCLASTS - Episode 6, Season 6) (Clip)
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar + Chuck D: Playing Basketball (ICONOCLASTS - Episode 6, Season 6) (Clip)
Published: 2012/11/21
Channel: SundanceTV
Barrier Breakers  Chuck Cooper
Barrier Breakers Chuck Cooper
Published: 2013/09/20
Channel: Chuck CooperFoundation
The Chuck Cooper Classic Award
The Chuck Cooper Classic Award
Published: 2012/05/21
Channel: SuperflyFTW
2017 Chuck Cooper Foundation luncheon remarks by Talia Kirkland
2017 Chuck Cooper Foundation luncheon remarks by Talia Kirkland
Published: 2017/05/05
Channel: Chuck Cooper Foundation
Chuck Hayes Basketball 16U vs NorCal Tarheels 16U FULL GAME LIVe 5/7/17
Chuck Hayes Basketball 16U vs NorCal Tarheels 16U FULL GAME LIVe 5/7/17
Published: 2017/05/07
Channel: NorCal SportsTV
Charles Cooper Dunk In Sectionals And 1!!
Charles Cooper Dunk In Sectionals And 1!!
Published: 2013/03/02
Channel: KYoungBSM
OBM - Basketball Player - Chuck Cooper
OBM - Basketball Player - Chuck Cooper
Published: 2016/10/07
Channel: Our Best Moments
Earl Lloyd on Chuck Cooper and the Historic 1950 NBA Draft
Earl Lloyd on Chuck Cooper and the Historic 1950 NBA Draft
Published: 2014/05/23
Channel: Chuck Cooper Foundation
Barrier Breaker - Earl Lloyd
Barrier Breaker - Earl Lloyd
Published: 2014/02/24
Channel: Webber Media Group
Our Faded History:  Chuck Cooper
Our Faded History: Chuck Cooper
Published: 2016/01/29
Channel: JCTVAccess
Chuck Cooper Classic @ The August Wilson Center
Chuck Cooper Classic @ The August Wilson Center
Published: 2009/12/07
Channel: Joy Ike
Chuck Cooper Foundation - Cooper Leadership Program (CLP)
Chuck Cooper Foundation - Cooper Leadership Program (CLP)
Published: 2017/04/13
Channel: Chuck Cooper Foundation
Celtics Ceremony
Celtics Ceremony
Published: 2012/01/20
Channel: Chuck CooperFoundation
Charles Cooper nasty dunk vs. Wright State
Charles Cooper nasty dunk vs. Wright State
Published: 2016/03/13
Channel: Jonathon Zenk
Coach Mike Tomlin accepts the 2013 Chuck Cooper Award
Coach Mike Tomlin accepts the 2013 Chuck Cooper Award
Published: 2013/08/23
Channel: CooperMediaVideo
Chuck Cooper at the Broadway Teachers Workshop
Chuck Cooper at the Broadway Teachers Workshop
Published: 2009/09/14
Channel: 2009BTW
Cooper cheats on basketball/ gets grounded BIG TIM
Cooper cheats on basketball/ gets grounded BIG TIM
Published: 2016/04/27
Channel: CooperCollins The GamerAndAnimator100
Damian Lillard Summer Workout
Damian Lillard Summer Workout
Published: 2013/07/23
Channel: Weber Wildcat
1956 HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS BASKETBALL TEAM  "FABULOUS HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS" 56234
1956 HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS BASKETBALL TEAM "FABULOUS HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS" 56234
Published: 2017/07/11
Channel: PeriscopeFilm
Who Was The First African American To Play In An NBA Game?
Who Was The First African American To Play In An NBA Game?
Published: 2017/09/23
Channel: S AnswerZ
Barrier Breakers: Oscar Robertson
Barrier Breakers: Oscar Robertson
Published: 2013/02/13
Channel: NBA
Feb. 17 Cooper DEEP 3
Feb. 17 Cooper DEEP 3
Published: 2015/02/18
Channel: Golden Wolves
Rick Mahorn  - 1989 NBA Finals Fights & Altercations Mix
Rick Mahorn - 1989 NBA Finals Fights & Altercations Mix
Published: 2016/05/27
Channel: Ryan Van Dusen
Charles Cooper Kaskaskia Juco Highlights 2014-15 Season
Charles Cooper Kaskaskia Juco Highlights 2014-15 Season
Published: 2015/03/31
Channel: CharlesBasketbalStar
Dr. J Can Still Dunk… at Age 63
Dr. J Can Still Dunk… at Age 63
Published: 2015/06/25
Channel: The Fumble
2009 Black History Play: NBA Basketball Players
2009 Black History Play: NBA Basketball Players
Published: 2009/12/22
Channel: KaleidoscopePlace
Feb 23 Cooper 3
Feb 23 Cooper 3
Published: 2015/02/24
Channel: Golden Wolves
Mambi Diawara passes lead to Matt Ellis and Thomas Cooper dunks
Mambi Diawara passes lead to Matt Ellis and Thomas Cooper dunks
Published: 2016/11/29
Channel: Lucas Meyer
Bill Russell: "All the Dunking was Done By Black Guys, So They Outlawed It!"
Bill Russell: "All the Dunking was Done By Black Guys, So They Outlawed It!"
Published: 2017/07/20
Channel: 20th Century Time Machine
Larry Bird - Confidence and even some more Trash Talking
Larry Bird - Confidence and even some more Trash Talking
Published: 2013/04/22
Channel: BasketballJones48021
Cooper Game Winner
Cooper Game Winner
Published: 2014/03/01
Channel: Golden Wolves
Neosho County CC Commit Charles Cooper Highlight Mixtape
Neosho County CC Commit Charles Cooper Highlight Mixtape
Published: 2013/05/07
Channel: TheIndianaRecruits
Celebrating Black History: Earl Lloyd
Celebrating Black History: Earl Lloyd
Published: 2012/02/29
Channel: Golden State Warriors
Carmelo Anthony & Al Horford Scuffle   Celtics vs Knicks   December 25, 2016   2016 17 NBA Seaso
Carmelo Anthony & Al Horford Scuffle Celtics vs Knicks December 25, 2016 2016 17 NBA Seaso
Published: 2017/01/28
Channel: NBA BEST PLAYER
Chuck E Cheese
Chuck E Cheese
Published: 2013/04/02
Channel: jill jackson
Grant - Super Star Basketball at Chuck E Cheese
Grant - Super Star Basketball at Chuck E Cheese
Published: 2013/03/21
Channel: Zakery Kates
Barkley & Shaq "HEATED" Argument about Paul George Comments "You one of these IDIOTS on Television!"
Barkley & Shaq "HEATED" Argument about Paul George Comments "You one of these IDIOTS on Television!"
Published: 2017/04/18
Channel: Everyday Hoops
1st half of NBA Finals Game 4
1st half of NBA Finals Game 4
Published: 2017/06/10
Channel: Chuck Cooper Jr
Baby Basketball Trick Shots Video
Baby Basketball Trick Shots Video
Published: 2013/02/06
Channel: ayoosuf
Alvernia Crusaders on SCTop10
Alvernia Crusaders on SCTop10
Published: 2014/03/02
Channel: Golden Wolves
Cooper makes SportCenter Top 10
Cooper makes SportCenter Top 10
Published: 2014/03/02
Channel: Golden Wolves
Larry Bird - Trash Talking
Larry Bird - Trash Talking
Published: 2011/09/09
Channel: BasketballJones48021
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WIKIPEDIA ARTICLE

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Chuck Cooper
Chuck Cooper.jpg
Personal information
Born (1926-09-29)September 29, 1926
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Died February 5, 1984(1984-02-05) (aged 57)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Listed weight 209 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High school Westinghouse (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
College
NBA draft 1950 / Round: 2 / Pick: 14th overall
Selected by the Boston Celtics
Playing career 1950–1956
Position Small forward / Shooting guard
Number 11, 15, 6
Career history
19501954 Boston Celtics
19541956 Milwaukee / St. Louis Hawks
1956 Fort Wayne Pistons
Career highlights and awards
Career statistics
Points 2,725 (6.7 ppg)
Rebounds 2,431 (5.9 rpg)
Assists 734 (1.8 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Charles Henry "Chuck" Cooper (September 29, 1926 – February 5, 1984) was an American professional basketball player. He and two others, Nat "Sweetwater" Clifton and Earl Lloyd, became the first African-American players in the NBA in 1950.[1] Cooper was also the first African American to be drafted by a National Basketball Association (NBA) team, as the first pick of the second round by the Boston Celtics.[1]

Early life and college career[edit]

Cooper was born and died in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He was the son of Daniel and Emma Cooper,[2] Daniel was a mailman, and Emma was a schoolteacher.[3] He attended Pittsburgh's Westinghouse High School and graduated in 1944.[4] For his senior year, he averaged more than 13 points per game, and was an All-City first team center.[3] He then attended and played a semester basketball for West Virginia State College (now University) before being drafted to serve in the United States Navy in the final stages of World War II.[2] Following his service, he enrolled at Duquesne University where he was an All-American, starting all four years, and setting the school-record for total points with 990 in four seasons.[3] During his time Duquesne University had a 78–19 record, and was invited to the then prestigious National Invitation Tournament twice. He was a captain for the 1949–50 team, which was the first team from that university to be nationally ranked all season, finishing with a 23-6 record and ranked sixth nationally.[5] He was the first African American to participate in a college basketball game south of the Mason–Dixon line.[6]

NBA career[edit]

The 1953–54 Boston Celtics basketball team practicing the pick and roll. From left to rightː Bob Donham, Ed Mikan, Bill Sharman and Chuck Cooper

Coming out of college in 1950, he signed onto the Harlem Globetrotters. On April 25, 1950, he became the first African American drafted into the NBA when the Boston Celtics chose him with the 14th overall pick.[3][7] Cooper was drafted by Celtics' owner Walter A. Brown and played for coach Red Auerbach. He made his NBA debut on November 1, 1950, against the Fort Wayne Pistons.[4] He played four years with the Celtics,[2] then was traded to the Milwaukee Hawks before ending his career as a member of the Ft. Wayne Pistons. After that he spent a year playing for the Harlem Magicians[3] before injuring his back in a car crash and leaving basketball. During his NBA career, Cooper played a total of 409 games, scored 2,725 points for an average of 6.66 points per game, had 2431 rebounds for an average of 5.9 per game, and had 733 assists for an average of 1.79 per game. As some statistics were not kept during that time, it is not known how many blocked shots, steals or turnovers he had during his career.

After the NBA[edit]

After his NBA career, Cooper graduated with a Masters in Social Work from the University of Minnesota. He was married twice, first in 1951, and then in 1957 to Irva Lee, with whom he had four children.[3] He worked to improve his hometown of Pittsburgh, serving on the Pittsburgh school board, and was appointed the director of parks and recreation for the city, becoming the first black department head. He also helped the Pittsburgh's National Bank's affirmative action program as an urban affairs officer[8] until he died [2] at the age of 57 on February 5, 1984, of liver cancer at Forbes Hospice.[6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "1950-51 Season Overview". NBA's Color Line is Broken. NBA.com. Retrieved March 9, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Chuck Cooper, one of the NBA's trash player". African American Registry. Retrieved May 12, 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f James M. Manheim. "Charles 'Chuck' Cooper Biography – Played for West Virginia State College and Duquesne, Formed Friendly Relationships with Celtics Players". biography.org. Retrieved May 12, 2015. 
  4. ^ a b Dave Howell, "Six Who Paved the Way", NBA.com.
  5. ^ "Duquesne University Official Athletic Site". 
  6. ^ a b "Chuck Cooper dead at 57; Duquesne basketball great", Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, February 6, 1984.
  7. ^ "1950 NBA Draft".
  8. ^ "Chuck Cooper, NBA player". New York Times. February 7, 1984. Retrieved May 12, 2015. 

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