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Harlem Globetrotters
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Sports Team
    (1926- )
    Founded by Abe Saperstein
    First game in 1927
    Originally called the Savoy Big Five, then Saperstein's New York Globetrotters, then the Harlem New York Globetrotters, and finally Harlem Globetrotters
    Famous players include Wilt Chamberlain, George 'Meadowlark' Lemon, Fred 'Curly' Neal, Reece 'Goose' Tatum
    Saturday morning cartoon show, 'The Harlem Globetrotters Show,' aired in the 1970's
    In spite of their name, they were founded in Chicago and are currently headquartered in Phoenix.
    They only played in the U.S. for their first 23 years and didn't start 'globetrotting' until 1950.
    They never played in Harlem until 1968.
    They adopted the name 'New York Globetrotters' in 1927 because they played their first game in jerseys marked 'New York.' They later added 'Harlem' to emphasize that their roster was entirely African-American.
    Thanks to them, most people think that 'Sweet Georgia Brown' is just a song featuring some guy whistling to a jazz beat, but the song does have words.
    They often scare fans into thinking they're going to get doused with a bucket of water, when it turns out to be only confetti.
    Owner Abe Saperstein got his friend, Louis 'Red' Klotz, to form some teams for the Globetrotters to oppose; among these teams was the Washington Generals.
    The Generals have become synonymous with perennial losers.
    At one point, there were four different 'Harlem Globetrotters' teams touring the world at the same time, all run by Saperstein.
    The team was nearly bankrupt in the early 1990's.
    They were more popular than the NBA during the league's early days.
    They dazzle fans with their artistic style of play that features unusual passing styles, trick shots, and spectacular dunks.
    They goof on the refs a lot and even pull down the ref's pants during games (try getting away with that in the NBA).
    They signed Lynette Woodard to play for them in 1985, making her the first female to play for a major professional basketball team in the U.S.
    They play with a red, white, and blue basketball, which makes their passes and shots look cooler than they would with a standard plain orange ball.
    They had an 8829-game winning streak from 1971 to 1995.
    Wilt Chamberlain played for them before joining the NBA.
    Magic Johnson fulfilled a dream of his by playing for them in one game in 1997.
    They were inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame as a team in 2002.

Credit: Gregg


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