Did you know that the first foreign players to have set foot on the PBA hardcourt were Cisco Oliver of Noritake, Byron “Snake” Jones of Toyota, and Charles Walker of Universal Textiles (Utex) Wranglers. The goateed Jones, famous for his snake-like moves inside the paint, almost led the Toyota Comets to a grand slam feat in the league’s inaugural season. He also played for Crispa, Utex and Honda. Oliver was a 6’6″ hulk who played 5 years in the PBA (lasting up to 1979) for Utex, Great Taste, and Carrier/Fiberlite. The 6’6″ Walker did not make quite a splash in his PBA stint but did led the Weavers to a semifinals stint in his only season.