Earl Lloyd was an athlete and coach, an NBA champion and a Hall of Famer. Within the basketball world, he was also something much bigger - the first black player in NBA history.
Mother, farmer, immigrant, friend. Born on Aug. 26, 1933, in Rosenheim, Germany; died on Sept. 19, 2014, in Alliston, Ont., of a heart attack, aged 81.Erna Betzl grew up in Bavaria, during desperate times in war-torn Germany. An only child, she spent much of her early school years in bomb shelters.