Bobby Joe Mason’s career with the Harlem Globetrotters spanned from 1962 to 1976. During his tenure with the Globetrotters, he was named MVP of the 1962 College Series and was a part of the popular television series "Harlem Globetrotter Popcorn Machine." While still a Globetrotter in 1971, Mason was named to the prestigious all-time All-Missouri Valley Conference team.
A native of Centralia, Ill., Mason was a standout guard at Centralia High School, where he played four years of basketball, scored more than 2,000 points and was selected to the all-state team during his final two years. Mason went on to a sensational All-American career at Bradley University and played in the East-West All Star game before he joined the Globetrotters. After his career ended with the Globetrotters, Mason returned to Illinois, to give back to the community that supported him throughout his basketball career.
Mason was honored on Jan. 4 and 5, 2003, when the Ambassadors of Goodwill played in Springfield and in Peoria, Ill. Mason passed away on July 4, 2006.