Bill Jones (basketball, born 1914)

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Bill Jones
Personal information
Born(1914-02-03)February 3, 1914
Toledo, Ohio
DiedApril 9, 2006(2006-04-09) (aged 92)
Los Angeles, California
Career information
High schoolWoodward (Toledo, Ohio)
Libbey (Toledo, Ohio)
CollegeToledo (1933–1934; 1936–1938)
Career history
1942Toledo Jim White Chevrolets

William McNeil Jones (February 3, 1914 – April 9, 2006) was an American professional basketball player.[1] He played in all five games for the National Basketball League's Toledo Jim White Chevrolets before the team disbanded early into the 1942–43 season.[1][2] Jones was one of the earliest African-American players in the NBL and is considered a pioneer of integration in professional basketball.[3]

He played collegiately at the University of Toledo,[4] followed by stints with barnstorming teams as well as the Harlem Globetrotters.[3][5] He eventually moved to Los Angeles, California.[3]


  1. ^ a b Bill Jones NBL stats. Retrieved on September 4, 2014.
  2. ^ 1942–43 Toledo Jim White Chevrolets Stats. Retrieved on September 4, 2014.
  3. ^ a b c "'He lived a good life': Toledo native Bill Jones was a basketball pioneer". The (Toledo) Blade. May 7, 2006. Retrieved September 4, 2014.
  4. ^ "2009–10 Men's Basketball Media Guide" (PDF). All-time letterwinners. University of Toledo. 2009. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 3, 2016. Retrieved September 4, 2014.
  5. ^ "African Americans in Toledo Sports – Basketball". William Jones. Toledo's Attic. July 24, 2012. Retrieved September 4, 2014.

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