As the "Clown Prince" of the Harlem Globetrotters for 24 seasons, Meadowlark Lemon played in more than 7,500 consecutive games for the red, white, and blue. He played before popes, kings, queens and presidents in more than 94 countries around the world and in more than 1,500 North American cities.
In April 1952, the Globetrotters received a letter from Lemon requesting a tryout. He was given a look, and after serving two years in the Army, was signed to a contract. Lemon played his first season with one of the Globetrotter developmental teams, the Kansas City Stars. He played his first season full season with the Globetrotters in 1954.
Lemon was enshrined into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2003, three years after receiving the John W. Bunn Award, named in honor of the Hall of Fame's first executive director, recognizing outstanding lifetime contributions to basketball.
A native of Wilmington, N.C., Lemon received his Globetrotters “Legends” Ring and had his jersey (#36) retired as part of a 75th Anniversary black tie charity fund-raiser on Jan. 5, 2001, at Chicago's Fairmont Hotel. Lemon now resides in Scottsdale, Ariz., where he serves as an ordained minister.
GEORGE "MEADOWLARK" LEMON
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