10 FUN FACTS - The Harlem Globetrotters
The Harlem Globetrotters are the most famous Basketball Team in the world. They are renowned for their amazing basketball skills and utilize tricks and acrobatics that entertain the crowd wherever they go. Here are 10 facts about this iconic basketball team:
They have been entertaining crowds all over the world since 1926.
They changed their name to The Harlem Globetrotters in 1929 – Before then they were called “Savoy Big Five” because the team originated from Chicago and played their games at the Savoy Ballroom.
They weren’t always an entertaining basketball team. They started out as a regular team traveling around the USA playing local teams. They later added tricks and funny antics after their coach told them to during one game because they were so far ahead in points the crowd was getting bored. They soon realized that the crowds loved these comic routines and tricks.
They hate to lose. In 90 years of playing Basketball, they have won over 22,000 games and lost only around 340 games.
During the 1970s The Harlem Globetrotters were so popular that two cartoons were made about them, “The Harlem Globetrotters” and “Super Globetrotters “and the team members voiced themselves in the episodes.
The Globetrotters’ heights can vary a lot. The Shortest Harlem Globetrotter is Jonte “Too Tall” Hall who is only 5’2” (1.58 meters). On the other end of the spectrum is Paul “Tiny” Sturgess who is the Tallest Globetrotter ever at 7’8” (2.33 meters). In addition, during their long history, 9 women have also played for the Globetrotters, the first being Lynette Woodard in 1985.
Even though the Harlem Globetrotters are named after an area in New York City they did not play their first game in Harlem until 1968.
Since 1952 The Harlem Globetrotters have been traveling with a second team who inevitably lose. Just like in a double act their job is to play the straight man in the Globetrotters’ comic routines. The team was called The Washington Generals but sometimes they changed their name and uniforms and appeared as Boston Shamrocks, Atlantic City Seagulls or the Baltimore Rockets; however, it is always the same team. Since 1995 the Globetrotters’ opponents are called The New York Nationals.
Since 1976 they have given Honorary memberships to many famous people including, Bob Hope, Nelson Mandela, Whoopi Goldberg and Pope John Paul II.
They have visited more than 120 countries and played for more than 125,000,000 people.