Founded in 1926 by Abe Saperstein, the Harlem Globetrotters played their first-ever road game on Jan. 7, 1927, in Hinckley, Illinois. From the 1920s until his death in 1966, Saperstein was the greatest promoter in all of sports, making the Globetrotters into a championship team and global icons. The Globetrotters have become the world's home team, synonymous with family entertainment and great basketball skills.
The Harlem Globetrotters have played in 124 countries and territories, on six continents, before more than 148 million fans. (Antarctica is the only continent on which the Globetrotters have not played)
The Globetrotters play virtually year-round, but a majority of their games are played throughout North America from the last week in December through April. During the rest of the year, the Globetrotters play numerous games internationally and participate in many other goodwill activities.
In 1998, Marques Haynes was the first player ever to be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as a Globetrotter. Haynes passed away in May 2015. Meadowlark Lemon, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2003, passed away in December 2015. Curly Neal, who in February 2008 became just the fifth Globetrotter to ever have his jersey retired, is a motivational speaker and still makes public appearances for the Globetrotters. Goose Tatum passed away in the late 1960s, and he was posthumously inducted into the Hall of Fame in August 2011. Sweet Lou Dunbar is the Globetrotters’ director of player personnel and a coach, sharing 40-plus years of Globetrotter experience with a new generation of players.
After nearly every Globetrotters game, the players will sign autographs in the arena for a limited amount of time after the final buzzer sounds. It is our goal that every fan will walk away with at least one autograph and a lasting memory. You can also upgrade your ticket with Magic Pass to meet some of the stars before the game!
Yes. In fact, the Globetrotters have lost 345 games over the course of nine decades. However, with 27,000 wins, the Globetrotters do own the best winning percentage (.987) in the history of professional sports.
They are real basketball games. The Harlem Globetrotters and their opponents both play to win, but the Globetrotters do mix in their signature style of show basketball that will entertain fans of all ages.