At one point, the team spokesman said something about the Trotters' 89-year-history, and I was taken aback. I knew they'd been around since the early '70s--that's about as far back as my functional memory goes--but nearly 90 years? Get out. Turns out that the team--originally called The Savoy Five after Chicago's Savoy Ballroom--was organized in 1926 by 24-year-old Abe Saperstein. The name was changed the following year, and The Harlem Globetrotters have been going strong ever since.
Five fun facts:
Sweet Georgia Brown became team's theme song in 1952.
Baseball hall-of-famers Bob Gibson and Ferguson Jenkins and NBA phenom Wilt Chamberlain all played for the Globetrotters.
They're the only sports team with a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame.
Honorary Globetrotters include Henry Kissinger, Bob Hope, and Pope John Paul II.
Have a great weekend!