This date in Black Fives history – December 19, 1948 – calls for the revisiting of a bittersweet tale.

Dayton Rens

On that date, the all-black New York (Harlem) Rens made history by replacing the Detroit Vagabond Kings of the previously racially segregated National Basketball League and debuting as the new Dayton Rens.

But, was this historic symbol of African American racial progress a bad move for owner Robert “Bob” Douglas and his Rens? Or did it ultimately lead to their demise?

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