Solly Walker, Trailblazing St. John’s Basketball Player, Dies at 85

It was in his sophomore year, during his first varsity season, that Walker faced overt racism, when St. John’s was scheduled to play Kentucky on its home court, Memorial Coliseum, in Lexington. Kentucky, coached by Adolph Rupp, innovator of the fast-break offense and one of college basketball’s most dominant figures, had won the previous year’s …