Spreading laughter and ball-handling wizardry for more than eighty-five years with over twenty thousand games, The Harlem Globetrotters are famously known as "Clown Princes of Basketball". After exhibiting their games in one hundred and twenty countries, The Harlem Globetrotters are coming to Springfield this time of the year. Get The Harlem Globetrotters tickets now to enjoy a unique display of sports with your friends and family.
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About The Harlem Globetrotters
The exhibition basketball team, The Harlem Globetrotters gives a combination of comedy, athleticism and theatre. Herschend Family Entertainment owns the team and have executive offices located in downtown Phoenix, Arizona. The signature song of the team is "Sweet Georgia Brown" which is Brother Bones's whistled version. Since 1993, "Globie" has been the mascot of the team. The team originated in 1920s at a place where all the players grew up, the southern side of Chicago. The team started as the “Savoy Big Five” in 1926. Savoy Big Five was considered as a premier attraction, the team that displayed an exhibition before the dance performances took place in the Savoy Ballroom. The home to the first game of the team was Hinckley in Illinois. In 1928, the team called "Globe Trotters" was formed by Tommy Brookins. Abe Saperstein started to show involvement in the team, he is the one who picked Harlem as the home city for the team. The home city was decided given the fact that Harlem was the hub of African American culture at that time.
The first “home” game of the Globetrotters was played in 1968 in Harlem. In 1993, under the ownership of Mannie Jackson the Globetrotters gradually moved to the competitive basketball while having played hundreds of exhibition games. Shamrock Holdings bought the Globetrotters from Mannie Jackson by buying eighty percent of its shares. On invitation from the director of Lenin Central Stadium Vasily Gricorevich, Saperstein led the team to play nine games in Moscow. According to a review in Pravda it was not a basketball game because it had too many tricks. But did appreciate the Globetrotters for the skill set they possessed and had some notable techniques to show. The Globetrotters played in the World Professional Basketball Tournament as permanent players and won it in 1940. The team steadily performed in comic routines and established themselves more as entertainers rather than sportsmen.
The acts of the team frequently include incredible display of skills and coordination. It includes handling of one or more basketballs juggling between players, making challenging shots and balancing or spinning balls on their fingertips. These skillful players include Hubert "Geese" Ausbie, Jerome James, Meadowlark Lemon, Reece "Goose" Tatum, Nat "Sweetwater" Clifton, Connie "The Hawk" Hawkins, Wilt "The Stilt" Chamberlain and Marques Haynes. Amongst these names is another name of Fred "Curly" Neal, who was a popular dribbler of the team in 1970s and 1980s. Bob Gibson and Ferguson Jenkins who were recognized as Baseball Hall of Famers played for the team as well from time to time. Olympic gold medalist Lynette Woodard was the first female player that was inducted into the team in 1985.
Inigo Figuracion writes in his review that he has been fond of the Harlem Globetrotters since he was a child. He loved the amazing dribbling skill set of Curly Neal and comic antics of Meadowlark Lemon. He refers to the team as the "world's most loved basketball team". He shares his experience that the team has continued to leave a mark in different corners of the world by adding top-notch players of the new generation. The objective of doing so remains the same, more and more smiling faces, some are young and some are old. Dena refers to the Globetrotters performance as “VERY funny” in her article on The Review Wire. She explains that the basketball game is a show and not actual. The team of all stars competes against the opposing team to win the championship. During the show, the team flaunts its skills of maneuvers, tick passes and basketball dunks. The mascot Globie makes an appearance fifteen minutes prior to the show and during the half time. After touring round the globe for decades, the outstanding basketball exhibition team The Harlem Globetrotters are in the block. Book your seats for the exhibition by getting The Harlem Globetrotters tickets for your friends and family. The Globetrotters are known for their unique style of entertaining the audience with their slick passing and comedy routines and trick shots.