Some of the most renowned Globetrotters include Wilt Chamberlain, Connie Hawkins, Curly Neal, Reece Tatum, and Marques Haynes. Of course the most famous Harlem Globetrotter of them all is George "Meadowlark" Lemon. He was part of the Harlem Globetrotters roster for 22 years.
Here's some trivia for you, the Harlem Globetrotters are not from Harlem. In fact, the Globetrotters didn't play in Harlem until 1968. While their exact beginnings are murky, what is known is the team started on the South Side of Chicago, Illinois and Globetrotters tickets were sold at the famed Savoy Ball Room—the team entertained fans before dances.
Somehow, Abe Saperstein became involved with team and by 1929 he had the Harlem Globetrotters on tour in Illinois and Iowa. The name "Harlem" was adopted because at the time the Manhattan neighborhood was the center of African-American culture. Also, a team from out-of-town was mysterious and therefore sold more tickets.
The Harlem Globetrotters started as a serious basketball team but eventually developed a style that was a mix of hoop and humor. Nowadays, you want Harlem Globetrotters tickets to see their hilarious antics as much as you want to see them play an exciting brand of basketball.
The Harlem Globetrotters schedule hundreds of games a year in both the United States and around the world. For most Globetrotter tours, the team plays a squad of stooges although both parties claim the games are highly competitive.
The Globetrotters have played professional and college teams through the years with varying levels of success. Counting all their games, the Globetrotters claim to have more than 22,000 wins with around 350 losses. Due to their talents as both athletes and entertainers, as well as their family appeal, the Globetrotters have earned the honor and responsibility of being basketball's preeminent ambassadors.