The Harlem Globetrotters will return to Youngstown on Jan. 29 for a performance at Covelli Centre. The team of comic basketball showmen has been around since 1926, and has had some great names on its roster over the years, including:
v Wilt Chamberlain: One of the most famous and dominant players in Harlem Globetrotters history, Wilt “The Stilt” Chamberlain began his professional career in 1958 when the Globetrotters signed the University of Kansas standout to one of the largest contracts in sports. After his Globetrotter career, Chamberlain starred in the NBA from 1959 through 1973.
v George “Meadowlark” Lemon: As the “Clown Prince” of the Harlem Globetrotters for 24 seasons beginning in 1954, Meadowlark Lemon played in more than 7,500 consecutive games.
v Fred “Curly” Neal: One of the truly magical dribblers and shooters in basketball history, Curly Neal was a key member of the Harlem Globetrotters from 1963 to 1985.
v Connie Hawkins: One of the great ball handlers and leapers in basketball history, Connie Hawkins played four magical seasons with the Harlem Globetrotters in the 1960s. After touring with the Globetrotters, Hawkins joined the ABA’s Pittsburgh Pipers for the 1967-68 season and led them to the inaugural ABA title. He later played in the NBA, where he was a four-time all-star.
v Hubert “Geese” Ausbie: One of the most popular and recognizable Harlem Globetrotters ever, Hubert “Geese” Ausbie thrilled audiences with his awesome talent and effervescent personality from 1961 to 1985.
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