The Harlem Globetrotters have played a strange part in the lives of us who grew up in the age of classic Scooby Doo. Even in animation the Globetrotters would make appearances, such was their fame and belovedness. These fantastic basketball players came out of New York, and they grew to live up to their name and fame!
History of Harlem Globetrotter Day
The Harlem Globetrotters were established on January 7, 1927 by Abe Saperstein. Originally called the Savoy Big Five, this African American team of players were some of the most famous to ever enter the game. They were famous for their on court antics, and they showed them best when they won the World Professional Basketball Tournament in 1940. These guys were amazing and on fire, and loved entertaining the crowd with their uncanny basketball ability, juggling basketballs and making shots that were nothing short of outlandish.
In 1948 the NBA was formed, and the Globetrotters showed their skill by defeating the Minneapolis Lakers, and in 1950 things got competitive as African American basketball players were finally admitted into the NBA. Even with the new opportunities, the Globetrotters remained one of the biggest draws and began to live up to their name by travelling the world. They even got to perform for the Pope!
How to Celebrate Harlem Globetrotter Day
Harlem Globetrotter’s Day is best celebrated by enjoying the antics of this amazing team! You can get out and watch a solid game of basketball, or look up some of their videos of their antics on Youtube. Get together with your friends and watch the episodes of shows past where they showed up to do their amazing tricks.
If you’re really fortunate, you may be able to catch them performing in your area, and if they are you’re in for an amazing treat. These guys have some of the most astounding tricks you can imagine, and perform feats with a basketball that just seem impossible when you watch it happen. There’s little as amazing as watching them in action, and it’s a great day for the family!
For those who share a love of the basketball, you can start working on your own trick routine to celebrate this auspicious day! Get out on the court and start learning how to juggle, work on your trick shots, work together with friends to get the most amazing set of skills you can, and then invite friends and family over to watch!