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Thanks For All The Great Memories, Meadowlark Lemon. R.I.P.

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I, too, have fond memories of fun watching him and the Globetrotters. RIP
 

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There also was a Harlem Globetrotters cartoon show, not sure if Meadowlark was the voice of his characters? I will always think of him when I hear that Sweet Georgia Brown theme song!
 

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a gentleman and a gentle man.......my heart sank when I read this.

but there's a new song in heaven today, of that I have no doubt.
 

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He was a great man, an international ambassador visiting Africa, Europe, Asia, Mexico, South America, and the USSR. Meadowlark was an outstanding basketball player with that right hand hook shot from 30 feet out. His smile was awesome and I will always remember him. RIP in Meadowlark Lemon. Thanks for the many laughs.

In his later years after basketball; he became a motivation speaker helping young kids in the ghetto to over come drugs and violence.

Also, his team The Harlem Globetrotters never loss a game to The Washington Generals.
 

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He was the Harlem Globetrotters as far as I'm concerned. Many fond memories of watching him every year while I was growing up.
 

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Also, his team The Harlem Globetrotters never loss a game to The Washington Generals.

Well not quite! The Washington Generals deliberately provided ineffective opposition to the Globetrotters in order to highlight their comedy routines, but they did win a game or two. Here's an account of one win......

"The Reds (they sometimes called themselves the NJ Reds) defeated the Globetrotters 100–99 on January 5, 1971 in Martin, Tennessee, ending their 2,495-game losing streak. Klotz credits the overtime win to a guard named Eddie Mahar, who was team captain. Harlem's captain, Curly Neal, did not play in this game.

While the Globetrotters were entertaining the crowd that day, they lost track of the game and the score. They found themselves down 12 points with two minutes left to go. Forced to play normal basketball, the Globetrotters rallied but could not recover.

"The Reds secured their victory when Klotz hit the winning basket with seconds left. Then Meadowlark Lemon missed a shot that would have given the game back to the Globetrotters. The timekeeper tried to stop the clock and couldn't. When the final buzzer sounded, the crowd was dumbfounded and disappointed. Klotz described the fans' reaction: "They looked at us like we killed Santa Claus."

Some children in the stands cried after the loss.[6] The Reds celebrated by dousing themselves with orange soda instead of champagne. Lemon was furious, saying, "You lost, I didn't lose," but still visited the opposing team’s locker room to congratulate the Reds."

However, apparently the Globetrotters severed their relationship with the Generals this past August and the Generals were disbanded. I don't know who the new opposition for the Globetrotters is and perhaps someone can pick up the story.
 
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