1 minute read

Oscar Robertson Biography

Defying The Odds, Chronology, On To Cincinnati, Olympic And Nba Star, Moves To MilwaukeeSELECTED WRITINGS BY ROBERTSON:


American basketball player

Oscar Robertson

Oscar Robertson is known as one of the greatest basketball players of all time. A standout at the University of Cincinnati, he went on to become a star National Basketball Association (NBA) player for the Cincinnati Royals (now the Sacramento Kings) and the Milwaukee Bucks, and a co-captain of an Olympic team considered by some to be the greatest group of amateurs ever assembled for the games. Known for his versatility, Robertson is the only professional player to ever accomplish an entire season of triple-doubles—double digits in scoring, rebounds and assists. In addition to his on-court challenges, Robertson, an African American, faced many obstacles his white teammates could have never imagined. Rather than turn his back, however, Robertson became an outspoken advocate for civil rights. He was also active in securing fair treatment of players, serving as president of the NBA players' union for a decade.


The Art of Basketball, Oscar Robertson Media Ventures, 1999.



"Oscar Robertson." Contemporary Black Biography, Volume 26. Edited by David G. Oblender. Detroit: Gale Group, 2000.


Jerome, Richard. "A Father's Gift." People (May 26, 1997): 52.

McCallum, Jack. "King Without A Castle." Sports Illustrated (July 15, 2002): 78.

Sketch by Kristin Palm

Additional topics

Famous Sports StarsBasketball