Enjoying the ubiquity of the Harlem Globetrotters

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We are really enjoying the fact that the Harlem Globetrotters seem to be everywhere.     One of our favorite examples of their omnipresence is their pistachio commercial. So colorful and fun.  And it reminds us of our favorite Superbowl commercials. Harlem in the house!

We also love the Harlem Globetrotter’s commitment to anti-bullying. Below is Encyclopedia Britannica’s brief bio of the Harlem Globetrotters.   We love the part about why they changed their name to the Harlem Globetrotters – so apropos.

History:

Harlem Globetrotters, predominantly black professional U.S. basketball team that plays exhibition games all over the world, drawing crowds as large as 75,000 to see the players’ spectacular ball handling and humorous antics.The team was organized in Chicago in 1926 as the all-black Savoy Big Five. Sports promoter Abe Saperstein acquired the team soon after and owned it until his death in 1966. In January 1927 the team debuted in Hinckley, Ill., under the name New York Globetrotters. The name was changed in 1930 to Harlem Globetrotters to capitalize on the cultural notoriety of one of New York’s African American neighbourhoods. The barnstorming team amassed an impressive record over the next decade and in 1939 participated in the first professional basketball championship, losing to the Harlem Rens in the final game. The next year the Globetrotters won the tournament.  It was about this time that they first experimented with adding comedy to their games. Inman Jackson was the first to assume the role of “clown prince” on the team. As the National Basketball Association became racially integrated in the 1950s, the opportunities for competitive games on the barnstorming circuit dried up. As a result, the team made comedic entertainment its central focus. Some outstanding Globetrotters were Reece “Goose” Tatum, Marques Haynes, Clarence Wilson, “Meadowlark” Lemon, Wilt “the Stilt” Chamberlain, Herb “Geese” Ausbie, and Lynette Woodard, the first woman to play for the team.Mannie Jackson, a former player, purchased the team in 1993. In 2000 the team returned to competitive play with a series of exhibition games against top collegiate teams. In 2002 the team was enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. via Harlem Globetrotters American basketball team — Encyclopedia Britannica.



Biography - The Harlem Globetrotters: America's Court Jesters (DVD)

Starring: Meadowlark Lemon, Curly Neal
Rating: NR (Not Rated)

For over 75 years the Harlem Globetrotters have brought laughter and delight to millions with their ball-handling wizardry and wacky stunts. Yet the team has a surprisingly serious history-in fact they were instrumental in breaking down racial barriers and establishing the fledgling NBA. Join BIOGRAPHY-® for a comprehensive history of the "Clown Princes of Basketball" tracing the club's evolution from its earliest days as Chicago's "Savoy Big Five" through rare archival footage and interviews with players and experts including Jerry Saperstein founder Abe Saperstein's son and Bill Cosby. Learn about the ongoing conflict between players and coach; follow the careers of some of the most famous Trotters including Meadowlark Lemon; and witness their early games and 'round-the-globe touring. This is the definitive portrait of THE HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS the charismatic team that jump-started professional basketball and changed the face of America. DVD Features: Interactive Menus; Scene Selection
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