Who knew these treasures existed?
Dozens of African American basketball teams from the early 1900s, lost in the sands of time.
Buried for years beneath the publicity and hype of first the N.C.A.A., then the Harlem Globetrotters, then the N.B.A.
I’m using the buried treasure analogy because on this day, November 26, 1922, American archaeologist Howard Carter, along with his British partner Lord Carnarvon, were the first humans to enter King Tutankhamen’s tomb in over 3,000 years.
The tomb of King Tut is still considered as perhaps the greatest archaeological find of all time.“Directly below the tomb of Remeses VI, a chamber was discovered which contained Tutenkhamun’s gem studded throne,” wrote The Oakland Tribune on November 30, 1922. “This is described as one of the most beautiful art objects ever found.”
Like King Tut, the priceless history of the Black Fives Era was also buried. Until now.
It’s perhaps the greatest sports history discovery of our time.
That’s why I say, “Black Fives are the King Tut of basketball!”