[PBA Trivia] Walker, Jones and Oliver were the very first PBA imports

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.

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  1. Charles Walker was actually the most veteran among the the three imports who played n the PBA’s First Conference in 1975.

    I first became aware of him in 1971 MICAA when he was the import of the Yco Painters in tandem with Earl Seyfert. The following year, he teamed up with ex-Meralco import Carl Greenfield with the Yutivo Opels.

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