Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Lemon's Zest the Globetrotters Star Was about More Than Fun

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Lemon's Zest the Globetrotters Star Was about More Than Fun

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After Harlem Globetrotters leader Meadowlark Lemon died Dec. 27, most obituaries listed his age as 83. That fact, as well as his given name and place of birth - North Carolina or South Carolina - are matters of conjecture. The details of his early life are jump balls of contradiction best left to biographers.

What isn't debatable is the impact that Mr. Lemon, who joined the Globetrotters in 1954, had on perceptions of black competence in sports during the Jim Crow era. His comic brilliance, athletic grace and courtside theatrics made him a crowd favorite in a segregated society, and his mastery of basketball's fundamentals would have made him an NBA draft pick if he weren't making a lot more money as a showman.

Mr. Lemon and the Globetrotters barnstormed the world as U. …

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