Douglas, Robert L.
- Susan J. Rayl
Douglas, Robert L. (04 November 1882–16 July 1979), professional basketball player and team owner, was born in St. Kitts, British West Indies. No information is available concerning Douglas’s parents or his early education. He observed his first basketball game shortly after arriving in New York City in 1902. Approximately 1919 Douglas and some friends organized the Spartan Field Club, which provided black New York City youths with opportunities to participate in cricket, soccer, track, and basketball at the amateur level. Coach Douglas’s basketball team, the Spartan Braves, were very successful, and at times he joined them on the court....