Well, it’s almost that time of year again for the talented acrobatic basketball troupe, the Harlem Globetrotters to begin their annual global tour. News is that Herschend Family Entertainment, which is a private group, has agreed to purchase the troupe from the Shamrock Capital Advisors.
The Globetrotters were founded in 1926 and at that time were known as the Savoy Big Five. The team employed different novelty acts like One-armed Boid Buie and Showboat (Robert Hall) and on occasion defeated some professional teams in exhibition games. Among the five honored players that have retired their numbers are Wilt Chamberlain #13, Marques Haynes #20, Meadowlark Lemon #36, Reece “Goose” Tatum #50 and the most recent member is Fred “Curly” Neal #22. on Feb. 15, 2008.
This year’s Globetrotters team roster includes players like Ant, who was the first pick; Big Easy, who shares his nickname with his home town of New Orleans; Bones, who started playing at age 11, Buckets, who’s from a family of 9 brothers and sisters; Bull, who collects tube socks; Cheese, who captained both his high school and college team; Dizzy, who went to his first Harlem Globetrotters game at age eight and went home and started practicing; Firefly, who led his college team through an NCAA tourney; Flight Time, who was in the top four of the TV reality show ‘Amazing Race’; and Moose who is a rookie, just to mention a few.
The Harlem Globetrotters season will be kicking off on December 26, 2013 in Columbus, OH. One of the featured cities will include two appearances in Los Angeles, CA on February 16, 2014. The shows in LA will be at 12:45pm and 5:45pm. Having more than one traveling team, they are able to perform more than 400 live events each year. They will appear in cities all over the United States and a few cities in Canada throughout the months of December, January, February, March and April ending on April 13, 2014 at the General Motors Centre in Oshawa, ON and one at the AMSOIL Arena in Duluth, MN.