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The Harlem
Globetrotters are an exhibition basketball team. They combine athleticism, theater, and comedy in their style of play. Over the years they have played more than 26,000 exhibition games in 122 countries and territories. The team's signature song is Brother Bones' whistled version of "Sweet Georgia Brown". Their mascot is an anthropomorphized globe named Globie. The team plays over 450 live events worldwide each year. The team is currently owned by Herschend Family Entertainment. The executive offices for the team are located in suburban Atlanta.


1 History 2 Trophies 3 Current roster 4 Draft 5 Retired numbers 6 In mass media/popular culture

6.1 Honorary members

7 Bibliography 8 References 9 See also 10 External links

History[edit] The Globetrotters originated on the south side of Chicago, Illinois, in the 1920s, where all the original players were raised. The Globetrotters began as the Savoy Big Five, one of the premier attractions of the Savoy Ballroom opened in November 1927, a basketball team of African-American players that played exhibitions before dances. In 1928, several players left the team in a dispute. That autumn, several of the players, led by Tommy Brookins, formed a team called the "Globe Trotters" and toured Southern Illinois
that spring. Abe Saperstein
Abe Saperstein
became involved with the team as its manager and promoter. By 1929, Saperstein was touring Illinois
and Iowa with his basketball team called the "New York Harlem
Globe Trotters". Saperstein selected Harlem, New York, New York, as their home city since Harlem
was considered the center of African-American culture at the time and an out-of-town team name would give the team more of a mystique.[2] In fact, the Globetrotters did not play in Harlem
until 1968, four decades after the team's formation.

1950 World Series Harlem
Globetrotters with owner Abe Saperstein (right) and team secretary W. S. Welch (left)

The Globetrotters were perennial participants in the World Professional Basketball
Tournament, winning it in 1940. In a heavily attended matchup a few years later, the 1948 Globetrotters–Lakers game, the Globetrotters made headlines when they beat one of the best white basketball teams in the country, the Minneapolis Lakers (now the Los Angeles Lakers). The Globetrotters gradually worked comic routines into their act—a direction the team has credited to Reece "Goose" Tatum,[3] who joined in 1941—and eventually became known more for entertainment than sports.[4] Once one of the most famous teams in the country, the Globetrotters were eventually eclipsed by the rise of the National Basketball
Association, particularly when NBA teams began fielding African-American players in the 1950s.[5] In 1950, Harlem Globetrotter Chuck Cooper became the first black player to be drafted in the NBA by Boston and teammate Nat "Sweetwater" Clifton
Nat "Sweetwater" Clifton
became the first African-American player to sign an NBA contract when the New York Knicks purchased his contract from the Globetrotters. 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.[6] In 1952, the Globetrotters invited Louis "Red" Klotz to create a team to accompany them on their tours. This team, the Washington Generals (who also played under various other names), became the Globetrotters' primary opponents. The Generals are effectively stooges for the Globetrotters, with the Globetrotters handily defeating them in thousands of games.[7][8]

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The Harlem
Globetrotters in the Netherlands (1958)

In 1959, the Globetrotters played nine games in Moscow after Saperstein received an invitation from Vasily Gricorevich, the director of Lenin Central Stadium.[9] The team, which included Wilt Chamberlain, was welcomed enthusiastically by spectators and authorities; they met Premier Nikita Khrushchev[10] and collectively received the Athletic Order of Lenin medal.[11] However, according to one report, spectators were initially confused: "A Soviet audience of 14,000 sat almost silently, as if in awe, through the first half of the game. It warmed up slightly in the second half when it realized the Trotters are more show than competition."[12] The Globetrotters brought their own opponent—not the Washington Generals, but the San Francisco Chinese Basketeers.[9] A review in Pravda
stated, "This is not basketball; it is too full of tricks" but praised the Globetrotters' skills and suggested that "they have some techniques to show us."[13] The American press—particularly Drew Pearson—made note of the fact that the Globetrotters were paid (per game) the equivalent of $4,000, which could be spent only in Moscow. The games were used as evidence that U.S.–Soviet relations were improving, that Moscow was backing off its criticism of race relations inside America, and that the USSR was becoming more capitalist (Pearson suggested that the games were held because Lenin Stadium needed money).[14][15] Many famous basketball players have played for the Globetrotters. Greats such as "Wee" Willie Gardner, Connie "The Hawk" Hawkins, Wilt "The Stilt" Chamberlain, and Nat "Sweetwater" Clifton
Nat "Sweetwater" Clifton
later went on to join the NBA. The Globetrotters signed their first female player, Olympic gold medalist Lynette Woodard, in 1985.[16] The Globetrotters have featured 13 female players in their illustrious history. Baseball Hall of Famers Ernie Banks, Bob Gibson, and Ferguson Jenkins also played for the team at one time or another. Because the majority of the team players have historically been African American, and as a result of the buffoonery involved in many of the Globetrotters' skits, they drew some criticism during the Civil Rights
Civil Rights
era. The players were accused by some civil-rights advocates of "Tomming for Abe", a reference to Uncle Tom
Uncle Tom
and Jewish owner Abe Saperstein. However, prominent civil rights activist Jesse Jackson
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."[5] In 1995, Orlando Antigua became the first Hispanic player on the team. He was the first non-black player on the Globetrotters' roster since Bob Karstens played with the squad in 1942–43.[17] While parts of a modern exhibition game are pre-planned, the games themselves are not fixed. While their opponents do not interfere with the Globetrotters’ hijinks while on defense they play a serious game when in possession of the ball, about 20 to 30 percent of a game is "real". This once led to an infamous defeat at the hands of the Washington Generals
Washington Generals
to the distress of a watching crowd.[18] Trophies[edit] The Globetrotters won the World Professional Basketball
Tournament once, in 1940, beating the Chicago
Bruins with a score of 31–29. Current roster[edit]

Globetrotters roster

v t e

Players Coaches

Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From

1.5 !G 7000100000000000000♠1 Jackson, Crissa "Ace" 7000162560000000000♠5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)

Point Loma Nazarene

1.5 !G 7000200000000000000♠2 English, Carlos "Dizzy" 7000175260000000000♠5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)

Cleveland State

1.5 !G 7000300000000000000♠3 Fisher, Tay "Firefly" 7000175260000000000♠5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)


1.5 !G 7000600000000000000♠6 Green, Brianna "Hoops" 7000175260000000000♠5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)

University of Texas - El Paso

1.5 !G 7000700000000000000♠7 Hall, Jonte "Too Tall" 7000157480000000000♠5 ft 2 in (1.57 m)


1.5 !G 7001110000000000000♠11 Chisholm, Brawley "Cheese" 7000187960000000000♠6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)

Ball State

7001120000000000000♠12 Atkinson, Anthony "Ant" 7000175260000000000♠5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)

Barton College

7001140000000000000♠14 Franklin, Chris "Handles" 7000185420000000000♠6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)

Lock Haven University

1.5 !G 7001150000000000000♠15 Blakes, Anthony "Buckets" 7000187960000000000♠6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)


1.5 !G 7001160000000000000♠16 Christensen, Shane "Scooter" 7000185420000000000♠6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)


1.5 !G 7001180000000000000♠18 Lister, Fatima "TNT" 7000167640000000000♠5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)


1.5 !G 7001190000000000000♠19 White, Saul "Flip" 7000182880000000000♠6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)

Moraine Valley Community College (ILL)

4.0 !F 7001230000000000000♠23 Douglas, Devan "Beast" 7000190500000000000♠6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)

University of Mary

4.0 !F 7001240000000000000♠24 Taylor, DeAndre "Dragon" 7000193040000000000♠6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)

Northern Michigan

7001260000000000000♠26 Bruton, Kris "Hi-Lite" 7000200659999999999♠6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)


4.0 !F 7001300000000000000♠30 McClurkin, Julian "Zeus" 7000203200000000000♠6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)

North Carolina A&T

4.0 !F 7001310000000000000♠31 Harrison, Donte "Hammer" 7000205740000000000♠6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)


1.5 !G 7001320000000000000♠32 Rivers, Latif "Jet" 7000185420000000000♠6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)


1.5 !G 7001330000000000000♠33 Bullard, William "Bull" 7000193040000000000♠6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi

4.0 !F 7001340000000000000♠34 Law, Corey "Thunder" 7000190500000000000♠6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)

High Point University

4.0 !F 7001380000000000000♠38 Ballard, Joe "Jumpin'" 7000195580000000000♠6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)

Glenville State College

4.0 !F 7001390000000000000♠39 Meléndez, Orlando "El Gato" 7000203200000000000♠6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)

North Carolina

4.0 !F 7001420000000000000♠42 Sharpless, Angelo "Spider" 7000193040000000000♠6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)

Elizabeth City State University

4.0 !F 7001440000000000000♠44 Versher, Wun "The Shot" 7000195580000000000♠6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)

Arizona State

4.0 !F 7001450000000000000♠45 Weekes, Alex "Moose" 7000203200000000000♠6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)

Middle Tennessee

4.0 !F 7001450000000000000♠45 Hyche, Chris "Animal" 7000195580000000000♠6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)

Talladega College

4.0 !F 7001480000000000000♠48 Ball, Antjuan "Clutch" 7000190500000000000♠6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)

West Texas A&M

7001520000000000000♠52 Lofton, Nathaniel "Big Easy" 7000205740000000000♠6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)

Southeastern Louisiana

Head coach



(C) Team captain (DP) Unsigned draft pick (FA) Free agent (S) Suspended Injured

Roster • Transactions Last transaction: 2017-01-24

[19] Draft[edit] Starting in 2007, the Globetrotters have conducted an annual "draft" a few days before the NBA draft, in which they select players they feel fit the mold of a Globetrotter. Being drafted by the Globetrotters does not guarantee a spot on the team, although several drafted players have gone on to become Globetrotters: Anthony "Ant" Atkinson (2007), Brent Petway (2007), William "Bull" Bullard (2008), Tay "Firefly" Fisher (2008), Charlie Coley III (2009), Paul "Tiny" Sturgess (2011), Jacob "Hops" Tucker (2011), Darnell "Spider" Wilks (2011), Bryan "B-Nice" Narcisse (2012), Tyrone Davis (2013), and Corey "Thunder" Law (2013), Tyler "Iceman" Inman (2014) Devan "Beast" Douglas (2016).[20] Other notable draft picks by the Globetrotters include: Sun Mingming (2007), Patrick Ewing, Jr.
Patrick Ewing, Jr.
(2008), Sonny Weems
Sonny Weems
(2008), Taylor Griffin (2009), Tim Howard
Tim Howard
(2009), Mark Titus (2010), Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi
(2011), Andrew Goudelock
Andrew Goudelock
(2011), Usain Bolt
Usain Bolt
(2012), Mariano Rivera
Mariano Rivera
(2013), Brittney Griner
Brittney Griner
(2013), Johnny Manziel
Johnny Manziel
(2014), Landon Donovan
Landon Donovan
(2014), Mo'ne Davis
Mo'ne Davis
(2015), Dude Perfect
Dude Perfect
(2015), Neymar
(2016), Missy Franklin (2016), Jordan Spieth
Jordan Spieth
(2016), Craig Sager
Craig Sager
(2016), Gal Gadot
Gal Gadot
(2017), Aaron Judge
Aaron Judge
(2017) and Tim Tebow
Tim Tebow
(2017).[21][22][23][24] Retired numbers[edit]

Wilt Chamberlain, the first Globetrotter to have his jersey number retired

The Globetrotters have honored seven players by retiring their numbers:

Globetrotters' retired numbers

No. Player Tenure Date retired

3 Red Klotz None a March 13, 2011

13 Wilt Chamberlain 1958–59 March 9, 2000

20 Marques Haynes 1947–53, 1972–79 January 5, 2001

22 Fred "Curly" Neal 1963–85 February 15, 2008

34 Charles "Tex" Harrison 1954–72 December 26, 2017

36 Meadowlark Lemon 1954–79, 1993[25] January 5, 2001

35 Hubert "Geese" Ausbie 1961–85 January 31, 2017

50 Goose Tatum 1941–43, 1945–55[26] February 8, 2002

Note: a. The first non-Globetrotter to have a number retired by the team was Red Klotz, the founder, owner and two-handed-set-shot artist for the Washington Generals, the long-time Harlem
Globetrotters' foils. He wore #3 as a player with the Generals, as well as during his standout collegiate and high school career in Philadelphia.[27][28] In mass media/popular culture[edit]

Soupy Sales
Soupy Sales
and the Harlem
Globetrotters; from a 1969 television special

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The Harlem
Globetrotters have been featured in several of their own films and television series:

The Harlem
Globetrotters, a 1951 feature film starring Marques Haynes and other Globetrotters, also featuring Thomas Gomez, Dorothy Dandridge, Bill Walker, and Angela Clarke. Young Bill Townsend drops out of college to join the famous independent Trotter team. He also finds romance along the way. "Goose" Tatum and fancy dribbler Haynes were the star players of the Globetrotters at the time and Saperstein was the owner. Tatum, Haynes, Babe Pressley, Ermer Robinson, Duke Cumberland, Clarence Wilson, Pop Gates, Frank Washington, Ted Strong, and other current team members appear in the film as themselves. Also featured is a lot of actual game footage (three times against the Celtics with Tony Lavelli
Tony Lavelli
and Big Bob Hahn), including the "Sweet Georgia Brown" warm up routine. (Along with making the film, the team toured Major League Baseball
Major League Baseball
stadiums that year and went on their first tour of South America.) Go, Man, Go!, a 1954 sequel starring Dane Clark
Dane Clark
as Abe Saperstein
Abe Saperstein
and Sidney Poitier
Sidney Poitier
as Inman Jackson.[29] On December 19, 1956, twelve members of the Globetrotters appeared as guest challengers on the TV panel show What's My Line?
What's My Line?
Clarence Wilson acted as the spokesman and was accompanied by members George "Meadowlark" Lemon, Charlie Hoxie, Roman Turmon, Andy Johnson, Woodrow "Woody" Sauldsberry, Carl Green, Leon Hillard, Willie Gardner, and others. Harlem
Globetrotters, a Hanna-Barbera
Saturday morning cartoon, broadcast from September 12, 1970, to May 1973. Originally broadcast on CBS
and later rerun on NBC
as The Go-Go Globetrotters. The cartoon Globetrotters also guest-starred three times on The New Scooby-Doo Movies. Scatman Crothers
Scatman Crothers
provided the voice for Meadowlark Lemon's character on the show. The Harlem
Globetrotters Popcorn Machine, a 1974 live-action Saturday morning variety show starring the Globetrotters that featured comedy skits, blackout gags, and educational segments. The show was produced by Funhouse Productions and Yongestreet Productions for CBS. The show also starred Rodney Allen Rippy
Rodney Allen Rippy
and Avery Schreiber. The Super Globetrotters, a second animated series created by Hanna-Barbera
for NBC
in 1979. It featured the Globetrotters (now including new squad members James "Twiggy" Sanders, Nate Branch, and Louis "Sweet Lou" Dunbar) as undercover superheroes who would transform themselves by entering magic portable lockers carried in "Sweet Lou" Dunbar's afro or in a basketball-shaped medallion. Although the Super Globetrotters would first attempt to take on the villain with standard comical heroics, things would almost always be settled with a basketball game. In a 1979 episode of The White Shadow, the Globetrotters appear wherein Coach Reeves convinces the team to help him send his basketball team a reality check about overconfidence and underestimating their opponents as a result of a winning streak that got to his players' heads. The Globetrotters returned in season three (1980) when star player Warren Coolidge convinced that his basketball ability would preclude his need to finish high school, considers dropping out of school and trying out for the Globetrotters. After failing miserably in his tryout, Coolidge is persuaded to finish his education before giving any thought to a basketball career. The Harlem
Globetrotters on Gilligan's Island, a 1981 made-for-TV film featured the Globetrotters alongside Bob Denver
Bob Denver
and the rest of the cast of Gilligan's Island. The film's plot follows the first animated series' formula to a degree with a conflict that ends with an unusual basketball game against an opposing team made up of robots. The Globetrotters decide to play with standard moves in the first half, which the robots are able to counter until Gilligan unwittingly comments that they have not done any fancy tricks. This makes the Professor advise the team to use their comedic style of play to win, which hopelessly confuses the machines. However, a couple of Globetrotters suffer injuries, and the team needs the help of Gilligan and Skipper to substitute. In "Hoopla" (1984), an episode of the television series The Love Boat, the Globetrotters are on a cruise and challenged the crew to a game in the dining room. In "Homie the Clown", an episode of the animated series The Simpsons, Krusty the Clown
Krusty the Clown
bets all the money he earned franchising his name against the Globetrotters in a game, saying that he "thought the Generals were due". He then shouts "That game was fixed! They used a freakin' ladder for God's sake!" The animated series Futurama
features several episodes in which the Harlem
Globetrotters appear as brilliant scientists as well as basketball players living on another planet, the Globetrotter Homeworld. Ironically, the Harlem
Globetrotters react harshly to anyone who "laughs at their antics" as evidenced in the episode "Time Keeps On Slippin'" (2001). The Globetrotters appeared in the 2000 comedy Little Nicky
Little Nicky
with Adam Sandler, wherein they are shown losing to the Washington Generals, which is caused by one of Nicky's demonic brothers. Harlem
Globetrotters: The Team that Changed the World, a 2005 documentary featuring interviews with the Globetrotters, NBA coaches, and fans such as Samuel L. Jackson, Barack Obama, Phil Jackson, and Henry Kissinger—himself an honorary Globetrotter[30]—and including photos of the Globetrotters with Pope John Paul II. Harlem
Globetrotters: World Tour, a video game for the Game Boy Advance and the Nintendo DS In The Amazing Race: season 15 (2009), Herbert "Flight Time" Lang
Herbert "Flight Time" Lang
and Nathaniel "Big Easy" Lofton
Nathaniel "Big Easy" Lofton
participated, finishing fourth place. They returned for season 18 (2010), which is subtitled "Unfinished Business," featuring fan-favorite teams who lost the competition because of various circumstances. The pair finished second overall. They also returned for season 24 (2014), dubbed an "All Star" season, featuring some of the shows fan favorites, this time finishing sixth. As part of the cross-promotion of The Amazing Race, Lang and Lofton also appeared on CBS
Daytime's game show The Price Is Right to model prizes (a Sport Court basketball court) and present a showcase. In 2009 and 2010,[31][32] members of the Harlem
Globetrotters appeared on the nationally-televised McDonald's Thanksgiving Day Parade in Chicago. In 2010, five members of the Globetrotters appeared on Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?, raising money for charity. On December 5, 2010, in a game televised on ESPN2
against the Washington Generals
Washington Generals
from HP Field House
HP Field House
at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, the game saw several landmark events occur. A four-point shot may be scored from the four-point circle 35 ft (11 m) away from the basket, with three minutes or less to go in any quarter. A penalty box was introduced as the price to be paid for any 'funny business' by a player. The Globetrotters made the first, and most, of the four-point shots in the game. All of the penalties in this game were assessed to the Globetrotters. The visiting Globetrotters went on to beat the Generals 104–98 in this historical game of firsts.[33] Three members of the Globetrotters appear in the " Harlem
NY" episode (2011) of Man v. Food Nation, in which they have to defeat a spicy two-pound barbecue sandwich in 15 minutes. Special
K Daley, Ant Atkinson, and Blenda Rodriguez of the Globetrotters made a guest appearance in the October 18, 2011, episode of Sesame Street, in which they talk with the Muppet Elmo
about the number 3.[34] In 2012, the Globetrotters made a special guest appearance on Disney XD's Kickin' It, in the episode "Eddie Cries Uncle". Three members of the Globetrotters appeared in a February 28, 2012, episode of the Blendtec
online video series Will It Blend?, wherein they help Blendtec
CEO Tom Dickson and his Uncle Floyd blend miniature basketballs, glitter dust, a whistle, and a bottle of Gatorade. The team then pour the mixture into a bucket, magically turning it into confetti, which they throw on Dickson.[35] Globetrotter Bull Bullard competed on seasons four, five and six on American Ninja Warrior. In season four, he advanced to the finals but timed out on the first stage of the finals. Bullard competed on two additional seasons. Three members of the Harlem
Globetrotters visited North Korea alongside Dennis Rodman
Dennis Rodman
in 2013, as seen in the HBO series Vice. On May 26, 2015, the Globetrotters appeared in the series premiere of I Can Do That. Three members of the Harlem
Globetrotters appeared in the Dog with a Blog episode "Cat with a Blog."[36] Five of the Globetrotters appeared as guest stars in the Mutt & Stuff episode " Basketball
Dogs vs. The Harlem
Globetrotters" on August 19, 2016. On December 7, 2016, the Globetrotters appeared on The Goldbergs.[37]

Honorary members[edit] Ten people have been officially named as honorary members of the team:[38]

Henry Kissinger
Henry Kissinger
(1976) Bob Hope
Bob Hope
(1977) Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
(1989) Whoopi Goldberg
Whoopi Goldberg
(1990) Nelson Mandela
Nelson Mandela
(1996) Jackie Joyner-Kersee
Jackie Joyner-Kersee
(1999) Pope John Paul II
Pope John Paul II
(2000) – Press agent Lee Solters arranged a ceremony orchestrated in front of a crowd of 50,000 in Saint Peter's Square in which the Pope was recognized as an honorary Globetrotter.[39] Jesse Jackson
Jesse Jackson
(2001) Pope Francis
Pope Francis
(2015)[40] Robin Roberts (2015) [41]

In addition Bill Cosby
Bill Cosby
(1972) and Magic Johnson
Magic Johnson
(2003) were each signed to honorary $1-a-year lifetime contracts with the Globetrotters.[42][43][44] When Cosby's nominal association with the team was the subject of criticism following sexual assault allegations, the Globetrotters stated that they had had no association with him for decades.[44] Bibliography[edit]

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