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Harlem Globetrotters Information

The Harlem Globetrotters, started in 1926, is a mix of basketball and comedy. They play exhibition basketball games while performing tricks, such as spinning the ball on their fingers or shooting the ball from complicated positions. Their mascot is “Globie” and their theme song is “Sweet Georgia Brown” by the Brothers Bones.

In 1926, the team began in the Southside of Chicago where many of the original players were born. They played their first game on January 7, 1927 and began playing in different places in Chicago in 1928. Harlem was chosen as the team’s home city based on its historic African American culture. Their first actual game in Harlem wasn’t until 1968.

Being a Globetrotter takes a tremendous amount of basketball and comedy skill. The natural athletic talent of the players is translated in different ways to make the games more exciting and interesting. It’s more about the spectacle than the final score.

Famous players for the Globetrotters include Wilt Chamberlain, Connie Hawkins, Jerome James, Bob Gibson, and the first female Globetrotter, Lynette Woodward. Reggie Jackson, Whoopi Goldberg, Henry Kissinger, Bob Hope, Nelson Mandela, and Pope John Paul II are among the Honorary Globetrotters.

Since 2007, before the NBA Draft, the Globetrotters have their own where they select players who may or may not choose to be on the team.

The team claims to have once had a winning streak of 8,829 games over 24 years before being defeated by an All-Star team led by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in 1995. They have played against a number of college teams, including a tour they went on in 2002. They have played games in Europe as well.

They have been referenced and have appeared on a number of TV shows and movies, including The Love Boat, Gilligan’s Island, The Simpsons, 30 Rock, Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader, and Little Nicky.

The Harlem Globetrotters continue to tour around the U.S.