The History of the Harlem Globetrotters

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    Abe Saperstein, age 24, organizes and coaches a new basketball team, "Savoy Big Five," named after famous Chicago's Savoy Ballroom.
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    The team name is changed to the Harlem New York Globetrotters
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    Tour opens on Thanksgiving Day at Detroit’s Brewster Center
    Globetrotters expand schedule to Montana, North and South Dakota, and Idaho
    First Harlem Globetrotter poster is printed
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    Globetrotters play 1000th game in Iron Mountain, MI
    Season ends with 152-10 record
    Inman Jackson creates pivot position now used by all levels of basketball
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    Tour pushes all the way to Puget Sound, WA, as Globetrotters gain in popularity.
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    Team is defeated 27-23 in their first professional basketball championship tournament against New York Rens
    Globetrotters signature comedy routines become more prevalent during games
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    Globetrotters play 2000th career game in Bellingham, WA
    Season tour ends with 159-8 record
    Their first-ever World Basketball Championship is won 31-29 against George Halas' Chicago Bruins
    Globetrotters are defeated 44-42 in the inaugural All-Star Classic in Chicago Stadium against a team of college All-Stars before a record-setting 20,583 fans
    First out-of-town training Globetrotters camp is held in Sheboygan, WI
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    All-time great Reece "Goose" Tatum, signs with Globetrotters and develops most of the team's classic comedy routines.
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    Goose Tatum leaves the team to join the Army Air Corps
    Bob Karstens becomes first-ever Caucasian under contract with the Harlem Globetrotters and creates many ball handling moves used in the “Magic Circle”
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    One-armed Boid Buie joins Globetrotters and averages 18 points per game
    Globetrotters first overseas trip to United States Territory of Hawaii
    Globetrotters gain international recognition and are featured in LIFE Magazine with their .927 winning percentage, World Championship and 3000th game played
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    Globetrotter Ermer Robinson hits game-winner at the buzzer to defeat Hall of Famer George Mikan and Minneapolis Lakers 61-59
    Robert "Showboat" Hall, master of the fast passing game and expert ball handler, joins Globetrotters
    Year ends with a 152-5 overall record
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    Bobby Milton astounds the crowd in Honolulu with his shooting prowess, connecting on nine consecutive baskets from the half-court stripe.
    On Feb. 28, the highly anticipated re-match takes place between the Harlem Globetrotters and the Minneapolis Lakers. The Lakers still feature George Mikan – and would win the BAA Championship in April (the BAA was a predecessor to the NBA) – while the Globetrotters enter the game riding a 113-game win streak. The Globetrotters once again lay claim as the best
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    Globetrotters compete in inaugural World Series of Basketball tour in 17 major cities in front of over 180,000 fans against a team of college All-Stars and finish with an 11-7 record
    Globetrotters' Marques Haynes and Villanova’s Paul Arizin are selected as series MVPs
    NBA drafts Harlem Globetrotter’s Nathaniel “Sweetwater” Clifton for $25,000 as the first African-American player in league history
    Abe Saperstein organizes basketball's first-ever trip across the North Atlantic
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    Second motion picture, "Go Man Go!" is filmed staring Dane Clark and Sidney Poitier, and shown in more than 11,000 theatres in the USA
    All-Time attendance record of 36,256 fans is recorded at LA’s Memorial Coliseum
    Saperstein contacts Louis "Red" Klotz to develop a team to oppose the Globetrotters, beginning Red's famous teams the Washington Generals, Boston Shamrocks, Baltimore Rockets, and others
    Globetrotters appear on the "Ed Sullivan Show" on Nov 14 with 77% of American households watchi
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    Wilt "The Stilt" Chamberlain, one of basketballs greatest offensive forces, joins Harlem Globetrotters
    Globetrotters win 9th straight World Series of Basketball title against College All-Americans with 13-5 record
    Roman Turmon named Most Valuable Player
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    Wilt "The Stilt" joins NBA for 14-year, Hall of Fame career
    7000th game is played during their first undefeated season with 441 wins
    Team begins sold-out tour of U.S.S.R. and Eastern Europe, with Russian Premier Nikita Khrushchev greeting players at Kremlin in Moscow
    Globetrotters perform famous "Magic Circle" in front of Pope John XXIII
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    Team plays first game ever in Harlem, NY
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    New Jersey Reds’ 50-year-old player Red Klotz ends Globetrotter’s 2,495-game winning streak in overtime in Martin, TN. Globetrotters will go on with a 24 year winning streak.
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    Scooby-Doo Meets The Harlem Globetrotters
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    Globetrotters celebrate 50th season
    Comedian Bob Hope is named honorary Harlem Globetrotter
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    Globetrotters become only sports team to be honored with a star on Hollywood's famous Walk of Fame
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    Media around the world report on the Harlem Globetrotters signing their first ever female player, Olympic Gold Medalist Lynette Woodard
    The Smithsonian Institute's National Museum of American Social History honors the Globetrotters with their own exhibit on permanent display. The Institute cites the team as "An Important Part of American Social History."
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    1.6M fans attend Globetrotter games across over 30 countries and territories
    4th largest attendance ever of 21,587 fans pack Thunderdome in St. Petersburg, FL, for Globetrotters defeat of Washington Generals
    Globetrotters end 1995 with "Ultimate Challenge" tour against Basketball hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s Legendary All-Stars, winning 10-1 games
    Globetrotters lose 91-85 in Vienna, Austria, ending their 8,829-game winning streak
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    Globetrotters perform "Magic Circle" with kids from Foundation for Blind Children
    Team performs at Nelson Mandela’s 79th birthday party on July 4
    Globetrotters play the College All-Stars at America West Arena in Phoenix, AZ
    "Magic" Johnson signs with Globetrotters and they defeat College All-Stars team with 9 NBA Draft picks 126-114. Michael St. Julien is named MVP with 17 points and 13 rebounds in the game
    Center Dut Mayer of Sudan, Africa signs on as the tallest Globetrotter in histry at 7
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    Globetrotters broadcasted on live national network ESPN2 for first time ever during their 20,000th career game is played near Remington, IN, before standing-room-only crowd
    Jackson Family endowment fund of $100,000 is created by Owner and Chairman Mannie Jackson for the all-black Lincoln School Alumni Foundation, Inc., Edwardsville, IL
    "Legends" honors bestowed upon "Wee" Willie Gardner, Robert "Showboat" Hall, and Junius Kellogg
    Denny’s Restaraunts sponsor Harlem Globetrotters Summer Youth B
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    Wilt Chamberlain becomes first Globetrotter to have his jersey retired
    Globetrotters defeat team of college all-stars at first NABC Roundball Challenge at Final Four Weekend, Indianapolis, IL
    Michael “Wild Thing” Wilson sets Guinness World Record with 12’ hoop dunk
    Scout Marty Blake receives inaugural Saperstein Award
    Globetrotters become associate member of USA Basketball
    Q Sports Ratings name Harlem Globetrotters as most recognized sports team in the World
    Globetrotters 1,270-game winnin
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    ORLANDO "EL GATO" MELENDEZ BECOMES FIRST PUERTO RICAN PLAYER ON THE TEAM.
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    Taylor Griffin, brother of NBA #1 overall pick Blake Griffin, is selected with the top pick in the Globetrotters' player draft
    Globetrotters featured in the new book, "The 100 Sporting Events You Must See Live: An Insider's Guide to Creating the Sports Experience of a Lifetime."
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    GLOBETROTTERS CELEBRATE ITS 85TH ANNIVERSARY.
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    "Supertrotter" Billy Ray Hobley honored with "Legend's" award
    Big Easy Lofton and Flight Time Lang compete in CBS' "The Amazing Race: Unfinished Business", finishing 2nd
    1st ball used in 4-point shot by Dizzy Grant donated to Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
    Red Klotz No. 3 Washington Generals is 1st non-Globetrotter jersey to be retired
    12-season veteran "Clown Prince of Basketball Reece "Goose" Tatum is inducted into Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame's Class of 2011
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