On This Day

Harlem Globetrotters in History

Events in Sport

  • 1927-01-07 Harlem Globetrotters play their 1st game in Hinckley, Illinois
  • 1951-08-22 Harlem Globetrotters play in Olympic Stadium, Berlin before 75,052
  • 1971-01-05 Globetrotters lose 100-99 to NJ Reds, ending 2,495-game winning streak

Sports History

1981-05-15 "Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligan's Island" airs

  • 1985-10-07 Lynette Woodward chosen as 1st woman in Harlem Globetrotters

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1917-08-30 William "Pop" Gates, American Basketball Hall of Fame guard and coach (Harlem Globetrotters "Legends" Ring 1995), born in Decatur, Alabama (d. 1999)
  • 1926-10-03 Marques Haynes, Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame guard (Harlem Globetrotters), born in Sand Springs, Oklahoma (d. 2015)
  • 1932-04-25 (Meadow) "Meadowlark" Lemon, American basketball star (Harlem Globetrotters, 1955-80, 1990, and 3 other teams), and clergyman, born in Wilmington, North Carolina (d. 2015)
  • 1942-05-19 Curly Neal, American basketball guard (Harlem Globetrotters 1963-85), born in Greensboro, North Carolina (d. 2020)
  • 1942-07-17 Connie Hawkins, American professional basketball player, 1961-76 ABA MVP-1968 (Harlem Globetrotters, 1963-66; Phoenix Suns, L.A. Lakers), born Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, NYC (d. 2017)
  • 1953-08-08 "Sweet" Lou Dunbar, basketball player (Harlem Globetrotters)
  • 1959-08-12 Lynette Woodard, (Olympic gold 1984, Harlem Globetrotter), born in Wichita, Kansas
  • 1962-07-31 Sandra "Sweetness" Hodge, basketball player (Harlem Globetrotters)

Deaths in Sport

  • 1966-03-15 Abe Saperstein, British-American sports entrepreneur (founder of Harlem Globetrotters), dies of a heart attack at 63
  • 1967-01-18 Reese "Goose" Tatum, basketballer (Harlem Globetrotters), dies at 45
  • 1999-12-01 William "Pop" Gates, American Basketball Hall of Fame guard and coach (Harlem Globetrotters "Legends" Ring 1995), dies at 82
  • 2015-05-22 Marques Haynes, Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame guard (Harlem Globetrotters), dies at 88
  • 2015-12-27 (Meadow) "Meadowlark" Lemon, American basketball star (Harlem Globetrotters, 1955-80, 1990, and 3 other teams), and clergyman, dies at 83
  • 2017-10-06 Connie Hawkins, American professional basketball player, 1961-76 ABA MVP-1968 (Harlem Globetrotters, 1963-66; Phoenix Suns, L.A. Lakers), dies of cancer at 75
  • 2020-03-26 Curly Neal, American basketball guard (Harlem Globetrotters 1963-85), dies at 77