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Harlem Globetrotters Biography

The Harlem Globetrotters are an exhibition basketball team that combines athleticism and comedy.

Created by Abe Saperstein in 1926 in Chicago, Illinois, the team adopted the name Harlem because of its connotations as a major African-American community. Over the years they have played more than 20,000 exhibition games in 118 countries.

Brother Bones's whistled version of Sweet Georgia Brown is the team's signature song. Globie has been their mascot since 1993.

The Globetrotters gradually worked comic routines into their act until they became known more for entertainment than sports. The Globetrotters' acts often feature incredible coordination and skillful handling of one or more basketballs, such as passing or juggling balls between players, balancing or spinning balls on their fingertips, and making unusual, difficult shots.

Among the players who have been Globetrotters are NBA greats Wilt The Stilt Chamberlain, Connie The Hawk Hawkins and Nat Sweetwater Clifton, as well as Marques Haynes, George Meadowlark Lemon, Jerome James, former Temple coach John Chaney, Reece Goose Tatum, and Hubert Geese Ausbie. Another popular team member in the 1970s and 1980s was Fred Curly Neal who was the best dribbler of that era of the team's history and was immediately recognizable due to his shaven head. Baseball Hall of Famers Bob Gibson, Ferguson Jenkins and Lou Brock also played for the team at one time or another. In 1985, the Globetrotters signed their first female player, Olympic gold medalist Lynette Woodard, and their second, Joyce Walker, just three weeks later.

Because virtually all of its players have been African American, and because of the buffoonery involved in many of the Globetrotters' skits, they drew some criticism in the Civil Rights era. The players were derisively accused of Tomming for Abe, a reference to Uncle Tom and white owner Abe Saperstein. However, prominent civil rights activist Jesse Jackson (who would later be named an Honorary Globetrotter) came to their defense by stating, I think they've been a positive influence... They did not show blacks as stupid. On the contrary, they were shown as superior by being stupid. In 1995, Orlando Antigua became the first Hispanic and the first non-black on the Globetrotters' roster since Bob Karstens played with the squad in 1942-43.

After losing to the Washington Generals in 1962, the Harlem Globetrotters lost only two more games in the next 38 years (12,596 games). Usually they played a stooge team owned by Red Klotz, which also appeared as the Boston Shamrocks, New Jersey Reds, Baltimore Rockets, or the Atlantic City Seagulls. On January 5, 1971 they lost in Martin, Tennessee in overtime to the New Jersey Reds; the 100-99 score ended an alleged 2,495-game winning streak (which meant that the Globetrotters were playing 277 games per year up until that date).

In addition to their hundreds of exhibition games, the Globetrotters have faced some competitive action since the mid-1990s. On September 12, 1995, they lost 9185 to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's All Star Team in Vienna, Austria ending an alleged run of 8,829 straight victories in going back to 1971 (though 8,829 games in twenty-four years would mean the Globetrotters were playing nearly 368 games per yearor more than one game a day some days, for twenty four years). The 48-year-old Abdul-Jabbar scored 34 points. The Globetrotters won the other 10 games during that European tour.

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Harlem Globetrotters To Host Summer Basketball Camp in Gatlinburg, Tennessee

Posted on 4 June 2015 | 10:37 pm

The world famous Harlem Globetrotters will be in Gatlinburg, Tennessee this summer to host a day basketball camp for local kids ages 6-14 to work on ball handling skills, working as a team, game playing, and just having a lot of fun. There will be two sessions held on Saturday, June 20, one from 9 Read More

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