The Harlem Globetrotters

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   天游官网平台讯,Before Michael Jordan, one of the world's most famous basketball players was another native of the North Carolina city of Wilmington: Meadowlark Lemon. Lemon, who was born in 1932, never played in the National Basketball Association. That's because when Lemon joined the Harlem Globetrotters in 1954, their combination of comedy and basketball legerdemain was the biggest attract in the game. The team played thousands of exhibitions around the world for millions of fans - and even helped America fight Communist propaganda during the Cold War.

   Despite their name, the Globetrotters were founded in Chicago in 1926 and didn't play a game in Harlem until 1968. Lemon led the team to the peak of its reputation in the 1970s. Their roster wasn't just filled with court jesters, either. They could play balls. The Globetrotters have been credited with integrating the N.B.A. by beating the all-white Minneapolis Lakers in 1948 and 1949. The next year, the Globetrotters' Nat "Sweetwater" Clifton became the first black player to sign a contract with the league. Lemon, who died in 2015, wrote in his memoir about the Globetrotters: "They had done more for the perception of black people and for the perception of America than almost anything you could think of."He is always alive in our heart.    The Harlem Globetrotters

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