The first black player, the first shot clock and the longest game: all in Rochester

Jan 6, 1951, My Social Mate.com

Jan 6, 1951, Indianapolis Olympians at Rochester Royals, Edgerton Park Arena, Rochester, NY (My Social Mate.com)

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, Jan 7, 1951

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, Jan 7, 1951

Yesterday, the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Nuggets 140-137 in a four overtime playoff game, only the second quadruple overtime in the postseason and the first since the adoption of the 24 second shot clock.

Actually, the longest game in NBA history was on January 6th, 1951 when the Indianapolis Olympians defeated the Rochester Royals in a six overtime game played at Edgerton Park Arena.  In fact, that game was one of three NBA historical milestones that all happened in Rochester.

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Box score from Earl Lloyd’s first game. Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, November 1, 1950 From When NBA history was made at Edgerton Park

As seen in When NBA history was made at Edgerton Park, on October 31st, 1950 Earl Lloyd became the first black player in the NBA.

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During the inaugural season of the new rule, the Royals advertised its pleasurable appeal. Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, 20 Nov 1954 From Remembering one of two NBA firsts in Rochester: the 24 second shot clock. And why it was bad.

As seen in Remembering one of two NBA firsts in Rochester: the 24 second shot clock. And why it was bad., almost exactly four years later fans at Edgerton Park Arena saw the first use of the 24 second shot clock.

SEE ALSO Not Earl Lloyd. But a painting of Dolly King, the first African-American Rochester Royal, at the Edgerton-R Center’s beautiful mural