Jan. 17, 1959: Lakers Back Elgin Baylor in Refusing to Stay at Segregated Hotel

L.A. Times, 1959


Jan. 17, 1959:
Keith Thursby has the story of the Minneapolis Lakers moving out of a hotel in Charleston, W.Va., after operators refused to give a room to rookie Elgin Baylor and two other black players. Baylor boycotted the game, which the Lakers lost 95-91 to Cincinnati..

The story originally appeared on latimes.com in 2009 and is available via Archive.org.

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1 Response to Jan. 17, 1959: Lakers Back Elgin Baylor in Refusing to Stay at Segregated Hotel

  1. Eve says:

    Vernon and Irene Castle refused to stay in segregated hotels or play in segregated theaters when touring the country with James Reese Europe’s band in 1914! As you can imagine, that presented rather huge logistical problems (they hired their own train).

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