The Harlem Globetrotters
One of the most exciting sports to play in the playground today is basketball, but these people take it to the next level! They are called the Harlem Globetrotters; they are one of the most popular and the most famous basketball teams in the world. Here are some interesting facts about them!
Harlem Globetrotters are an American basketball team. They were founded in 1926 by a 24-year-old man named Abe Saperstein; he called the first team “Savoy Big Five” which was named after Chicago’s famous Savoy Ballroom, where they played many of their early games. In 1929, they were renamed the Harlem Globetrotters.
One night in 1939, the Globetrotters were leading the opponent 112 to 5. The crowd was bored, so Globetrotter Inman Jackson started fooling around on the court, doing finger rolls, taking (and making) full-and half court shots, shooting from under his leg and throwing crazy passes to teammates. The crowd loved it. Saperstein told the team to do that every night. By 1953, Harlem was so good that nobody would play them anymore.
In the 1970s, the Globetrotters were so popular that they went to Hollywood. Team members voiced themselves in two different Saturday morning cartoon shows: The Harlem Globetrotters and Super Globetrotters. The team played itself in the 1981 live-action made-for-TV movie The Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligan’s Island.
The Globetrotters have played in more than 25,000 games – more than any other team in any sport in history. (All-time record: approximately 22,000 wins and 330 losses.) More than 125 million people in 120 countries have seen a Globetrotters game. In 1985, Harlem signed 2 Olympic gold medal winners, Lynette Woodward and Joyce Walker. These were the first women to join the Harlem team.
So if you’re playing basketball at playtime, why not try some of the tricks shown in this short clip.
You too could become a Globetrotter one day!
Emily T, Year 6