Sunday, January 3, 2016

Meadowlark Transformed The Sport Of Basketball

Topps Fleer
As a kid in the 1970s it was impossible not to know who the Harlem Globetrotters were.  They had their own cartoon on Saturday mornings Super Harlem Globetrotters (with one of the grooviest cartoon theme songs ever), they guest-starred on Scooby-Doo, The Love Boat, and the White Shadow, and starred in their own live-action show The Harlem Globetrotter's Popcorn Machine.  They also traveled the world showcasing their mixture of comedy and basketball to millions of fans.

The fact of the matter is, the Harlem Globetrotters help make basketball what it is today and offered a wide appeal of showmanship, skill, gags, and family fun.  In the center of all the hoopla during that period was Meadowlark Lemon, the face of the Globetrotter franchise.  He delighted fans for 25 as a Globetrotter before forming his own band of Bucketeers in 1980.  Wilt Chamberlain is on record stating Lemon as the best player of all time.

With his passing on December 27, 2015, RetroCards honors the great Meadowlark Lemon with a design from 1974.

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