CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 31, 2000
The City Council on Tuesday approved a $25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of whoever stabbed to death Albert Patton, the co-founder of the Harlem Globetrotters, and his wife of 63 years. A neighbor found the bodies of 90-year-old Patton and his wife, Edna, 85, who was confined to a wheelchair, at their South Los Angeles home on Saturday night, police said. Investigators believe the couple were killed during a robbery earlier that day.
February 26, 1998 |
They're pro athletes who don't spit on refs, punch opposing team members or abuse fans; they're funny, as American as apple pie and a slam-dunk crowd-pleaser from Iceland to Zimbabwe. To the strains of "Sweet Georgia Brown," the red-white-and-blue-uniformed Harlem Globetrotters are in town this weekend with their newest entertainment spectacular.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 25, 1998
Students visiting the Los Angeles Children's museum Tuesday received a lesson in art, basketball and success--all rolled into one. Two representatives of the Harlem Globetrotters basketball team, including the legendary Curly Neal, demonstrated ball-handling tricks to a group of kindergarten through 4th-graders. He then led the group in the creation of a mural. The students rolled basketballs in red and blue paint and then across a canvas.
January 13, 1998 |
The string of white lights snake through fog-shrouded cornfields, a traffic jam five farms long, heading toward a bright marquee in the middle of nowhere. Tri-County Middle-Senior High School 1-5 BB Winomac 1-9 BB Rossville 1-12 Harlem Globetrotters. Trucks and vans and solid blue Chevrolets, driven by careful men in baseball caps, filled with women wrapping their babies, edge into the lot. A wet kid with a flashlight takes their two bucks for parking.
July 2, 1995 |
Wun Versher could barely believe it. The Harlem Globetrotters had called. He had tried out. He had made the team. Now the former Dominguez High and Compton Community College standout was racing home to tell his family, thinking all the way that this was unbelievable. His family felt the same. "They didn't believe me," Versher said. "My grandparents were the worst. Not until I put a uniform in front of them, and even then I think they had doubts." No one is doubting Versher now.
March 17, 1994 |
What would you have to guess is the greatest basketball team of all time? The Bill Russell Celtics of the 1960s? Perhaps. The Chamberlain-Baylor-West Lakers of the '70s? Possible. Won 33 consecutive games. Or the Kareem-Magic-Jamaal Wilkes Lakers of the '80s? A case could be made. OK, but what of the Harlem Globetrotters men of all seasons? An annual record of 250-0. An all-time record of 17,515 or so victories vs. 331 losses? A winning streak once of 2,495 games? Is that any good?