The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame recently announced that former Harlem Globetrotter Nat “Sweetwater” Clifton is among the first five members elected to the Hall’s Class of 2014. Clifton, who passed away on August 31, 1990, was elected by the Early African-American Pioneers Committee, the same committee that elected former Globetrotter great Goose Tatum to the Hall in 2011.
In 1950, the New York Knicks purchased Clifton's contract from the Globetrotters, making him the first African-American to ever sign an NBA contract. Clifton would play eight seasons in the NBA, appearing in nearly 600 contests and one All-Star game.
The entire Hall of Fame Class of 2014 will be announced on Monday, April 7 and will be enshrined in August.