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Old 03-26-2020, 03:53 PM  
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Legendary Harlem Globetrotters player Fred 'Curly' Neal dies at 77

Legendary Harlem Globetrotters player Fred 'Curly' Neal dies at 77

https://www.usatoday.com/story/sport...kUSDF27ElrmSqo

Fred “Curly” Neal, one of the best-known members of the Harlem Globetrotters, died Thursday at his home outside Houston. He was 77.

“We have lost one of the most genuine human beings the world has ever known,” Globetrotters general manager Jeff Munn said in a statement issued by the team. “His basketball skill was unrivaled by most, and his warm heart and huge smile brought joy to families worldwide. He always made time for his many fans and inspired millions.”

Neal was born in Greensboro, North Carolina, and played college basketball at Johnson C. Smith in Charlotte, where he earned all-Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association honors.

He joined the Globetrotters in 1963 and played for the barnstorming on-court entertainers for 22 years. He appeared in more than 6,000 games in 97 countries before retiring in 1985.

His shaved head that earned him the ironic nickname Curly, as well as his virtuoso ball-handling skills, made him one of the most recognizable members of the squad, along with longtime teammate Meadowlark Lemon.

The Globetrotters retired Neal’s No. 22 at a ceremony in Madison Square Garden in 2008.

“Being a Globetrotter, especially during that time, was as much a responsibility as it was a job,” Neal wrote for USA TODAY in 2016. “We weren’t just entertainers. I truly believe that we helped ease many of the tensions that pulled at the country. It didn’t matter if you were black, white or whatever — laughing and enjoying our games made those barriers disappear.”

Neal was inducted into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame in 2008. He continued to make appearances with the Globetrotters in his later years.

Funeral arrangements for Neal are pending.
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Old 03-26-2020, 05:17 PM   #16
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RIP Curley... The Golden era of the Globetrotters. They were everywhere back then. Scooby Doo, Gilligans Island, Wide World of Sports, etc.

Seems like they were more popular before the NBA blew up.

Did the Generals ever win a game?
I think they did a few times in recent years....
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Old 03-26-2020, 06:06 PM   #17
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Old 03-26-2020, 07:16 PM   #19
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Only 3 channels and Wide World of Sports made these guys famous. I great memory from my childhood. RIP Curly... May you throw a bucket of graffiti at the pearly gates...
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Saw them live once and really enjoyed it. Old enough to remember them being on wide world of sports, with Howard Cossell doing play-by-play.

I needed that time machine trip, it put a smile on me
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Old 03-26-2020, 10:08 PM   #23
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Ah man. Used to love going to Kemper to watch him and Meadowlark Lemon clown on the Generals.

RIP, Curly
My grandfather got to play ball with Meadowlark back when they were in the army. They were both on the Army's All-star Team in Austria.
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Old 03-27-2020, 07:14 AM   #25
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Curly's specialty was dribbling



Good clip showing his dribbling. Pretty good at that long shot, too.
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Nice trip back through the 70's. No way some of that stuff would be on TV nowadays.
At around 22 min. There's a scene with one of them about to be lynched by a bunch of white cowboys. Can you imagine the outrage.
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Ah man. Used to love going to Kemper to watch him and Meadowlark Lemon clown on the Generals.

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Nice trip back through the 70's. No way some of that stuff would be on TV nowadays.
At around 22 min. There's a scene with one of them about to be lynched by a bunch of white cowboys. Can you imagine the outrage.
Wow. Just watched that. I’ll bet no one even batted an eye back then. Amazing how times have changed.
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The Globetrotters with Curly Neal played at my high school in small-town Kansas. We had fewer than 300 kids in my entire high school and they played the gig.

I know a hundred crappy bands that would have turned that down.

RIP, Mr. Neal. Thanks for the memories.

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