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Tuesday, January 3

DEATH OBITUARY : Solly Walker, basketball pioneer, dies at 85

Solly Walker, a St. John’s basketball star in the 1950s and the school’s first black player, has died. He was 85.

He died Friday but no other details were disclosed by the school yesterday.

In his first season on the varsity, Walker, on Dec. 17, 1951, became the first black player to compete in a basketball game against Kentucky on the Wildcats’ home court.



The great Solly Walker passed away on Friday, April 28. He was my best friend's (Wendy Walker) father and like a father to me. My heart is broken and I send my heartfelt condolences to his entire family whom I love. He will be missed. RIP. 

We are deeply saddened by the loss of #SJUBB legend Solly Walker. Our thoughts are with his family during this difficult time.

Solly Walker died today. You may not know him but he was the first African American to play basketball at University of Kentucky. He did so wearing a St. Johns University uniform over the protests on Adolph Rupp. I wish recruits would remember Solly every year as they reject St. Johns and play on a court named after that loser Solly gave the finger to.
He slashing with the angels now. RIP hero.


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