When was the last time you saw the Harlem Globetrotters on television? Remember Wide World of Sports? Not a year went by that you didn’t see the Globetrotters kicking the Washington Generals’ collective ass somewhere in the world, as thousands of people watched on the sidelines, and millions around the country tuned in.
We saw Curly Neal, and Meadowlark Lemon and the rest of the gang go through the antics that made that team the most traveled, winningest basketball team in sports history. Not even Kim Jung Un could boast a bigger winning streak! Well today, I’m sad to announce that the Crown Prince of Basketball, Meadowlark Lemon has passed away at the age of 83.
Meadow Lemon (his real name) played for the Globetrotters from 1955 through 1978 when he left the team over a contract dispute. During that time he entertained countless millions of people all over the world. A graduate of Florida A&M, where yes, he played basketball, he went on to serve in the Army, followed by his remarkable career with the Globetrotters. After leaving the team in 1978, he formed his own traveling show of basketball stars and toured into his seventies. Later he became an ordained minister.
I never got the chance to see Meadowlark Lemon live, but I was able to take my kids to see the Harlem Globetrotters. I know my daughter probably didn’t care much about it and I know my son did, but I just wanted them to share in the happiness that I had as a kid growing up in southeastern Michigan.
We will miss you, Meadowlark! Rest in peace!
Carry on world…you’re dismissed!