Trick Shots Pro Coming Soon

22 Years with Retired Jersey #22: Curly Neal

Five players have had their jersey number retired by the Harlem Globetrotters.

The legendary Curly Neal is one of those five.  Curly joined the Harlem Globetrotters in 1963 after an outstanding career at Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, North Carolina where he averaged over 23 points per game, and lead his team to the CIAA title his senior year.  His playing career with the Globetrotters spanned a total of 22 years, the same number he wore on the back of his jersey.  Over those 22 years, Curly traveled with the team to 97 countries and played in 6,000 games.

One of the most popular Globetrotters to ever play the game, Curly appeared on a number of television shows including “ABC's Wide World of Sports,” “The Harlem Globetrotters Popcorn Machine,” “The Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligan‘s Island,” “The Harlem Globetrotters” cartoon series and on episodes of “Scooby Doo.”  Curly received his Globetrotter "Legends" ring, an award presented to those who have made a major contribution to the team, June 25, 1993, and his #22 jersey was retired during a special ceremony at Madison Square Garden in New York on February 15, 2008.  

With his trademark shaved head and wide smile, Curly continues to make appearances as an "Ambassador of Goodwill"™ for the team to this day.  

-The Harlem Globetrotters

Be the first to receive Harlem Globetrotters news and updates by subscribing to our RSS Newsfeed: http://feeds.feedburner.com/harlemglobetrotters/news. We have a strict policy of delivering quality, quirky and entertaining Globetrotter content. If you’re a fan of the Harlem Globetrotters, basketball, sports or fun*,  Subscribe in a reader now!

*Or any combination of the above

Comments

Enjoy this article? There's more where that came from! Keep in touch for the latest and greatest: Stay Connected with the Harlem Globetrotters. Or if you want the REALLY good stuff*, sign up for our official Fan Club: Globetrotter Nation.

*By REALLY good, we mean exclusive-members-only-too-good-to-be-true good. Did we mention there are monthly prizes given out?

English French Spanish