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It’s that time of year again!!!! The Harlem Globetrotters are coming to Erie, Pennsylvania January 10th at 7pm!!!! Last year my daughter was FINALLY old enough where I was comfy taking her to such an event and the worst thing ever happened! A freaking blizzard happened the day of. With Erie Insurance Area being 45 minutes away from our house, it just wasn’t going to happen for us! As excited as we were to see all the neat tricks the Harlem Globetrotters had in store, it just want worth risking our safety heading to Erie. This basketball loving family would just have to wait another year to attend!!!! Thankfully this year there isn’t a single snowflake in site (knock on wood it stays that way) so we will be hitting up this awesome family event at 7pm on Thursday!!!!
In 1926, in Chicago, a 24-year-old businessman named Abe Saperstein formed a small basketball team called the Savoy Big Five. He was just trying to promote a nightclub called the Savoy Ballroom, but in just a few years the team had played over 1000 games around the country and become the Harlem Globetrotters.
In 1941, the Globetrotters signed Reece "Goose" Tatum, an all-time great who developed amazing comedy moves and changed the direction of the team.
Twenty years after their inception, the Globetrotters had played 3,000 games and were featured on the cover of Life magazine. Those were remarkable achievements at a time when America was deeply segregated by race.
The team toured the world, breaking cultural and social barriers along with basketball records. They were the first team to play basketball in Europe. In 1950, Globetrotter Nathaniel "Sweetwater" Clifton became the first African-American player to sign an NBA contract.
In 1959, during the Cold War, the Globetrotters went on a sold-out tour of the Soviet Union. The also had an audience with Pope John XXIII and posted their first undefeated season, with an astonishing 441 wins.
Throughout their history, the Original Harlem Globetrotters have showcased their iconic talents in 120 countries and territories on six continents, often breaking down cultural and societal barriers while providing fans with their first-ever basketball experience. Proud inductees of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, the Globetrotters have entertained hundreds of millions of fans—among them popes, kings, queens, and presidents.
The line-up has included some of the greatest players ever, including Wilt Chamberlain, Marques Haynes, Curly Neal, and Connie Hawkins, just to name a few, and they have appeared in their own movies and TV shows.
The Harlem Globetrotters continue a world famous tradition of ball handling wizardry, basketball artistry, and one-of-a-kind family entertainment that continues to thrill fans of all ages.
Erie Insurance Area
January 10, 2019
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Have you seen the Harlem Globetrotters?
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1/7/2019 03:11:56 pm
I have never seen the Harlem Globetrotters but they do come to Green Bay every year around Christmas. I think once the kids are a bit older, they may enjoy the show!
1/7/2019 07:39:45 pm
I actually did see them when I was about 8. My parents brought me after I couldn't stop talking about them after seeing them on Scooby Doo, lol! I'm so glad you guys can make it out this time!
1/7/2019 08:45:06 pm
I want to see them! I didn't even know about them until my husband told me about their basketball tricks. So happy you get a chance to go this year! I'm sure your daughter is excited.
1/8/2019 09:56:41 am
I have never heard of the harlem globetrotters. I don't know much about basketball in general, so this was a fascinating history!
1/8/2019 08:12:21 pm
That would be so fun to do! What a great family outing!
1/8/2019 09:50:16 pm
I took my oldest son to see the Harlem Globetrotters when he was younger, and we both enjoyed it so much! When my littlest is a bit older, I’d love to go again.
1/9/2019 08:48:42 am
I am not a big basketball, but I have always wanted to see these guys. Their tricks are amazing and so fun to watch.
1/9/2019 01:23:46 pm
This looks awesome. I have never seen the Harlem Globetrotters, but after this post I definitely would not mind.:)
1/9/2019 07:25:08 pm
This is gonna be so much fun! I wish I could make this!
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