Harlem Globetrotters Day is a celebration of a unique basketball team! I’m sure you know them. The story began rather modestly, but became the brightest in the sports life of the United States. Find out a little more today!
The world famous team was formed on the basis of a regular high school team under the auspices of Weddell Philips. They performed during this period, changing names – initially “Giles Post”, then “Savoy Big Five”. The final name was formed by sports manager and businessman Abe Saperstein. The man bought the team, armed himself with brilliant basketball ideas, picked up a card and built a successful career.
The name justified itself in a few decades: where only the team has not been. This is the case when the players traveled almost all over the world! Abe put a lot of effort: he did not get into big sport, but he became an excellent coach and saw talent in young people. The first game was held in Illinois in 1927 and raised $75. At the initial stage, the fees did not exceed this amount, but Saperstein was not inclined: he drove athletes wherever possible and negotiated where they were not expected.
After 8 years, they had more than a thousand games on their account! This is a huge achievement for an all-black team. The coach had to work hard to find them rivals from white basketball players. By the way, he was both a driver, and a secretary, and even a reserve player! One day he took the field when one of the players was injured. Gradually, fame grew, the guys were invited to Hollywood to shoot the film.
Did you know:
- throughout history, the team has won more than 20 thousand matches, lost just over 300;
- in 1953, more than 36 thousand spectators came to the game in Los Angeles;
- at one time, Boyd Bui played on the team – he was missing an arm.
How to celebrate
Get a little more insight into the lives of players at Harlem Globetrotters Day! Watch recordings of games and evaluate the skill. Get a team logo and wear it all day long.
When is Harlem Globetrotter’s Day celebrated in 2023?
Harlem Globetrotter’s Day is observed on January 7 each year.