"Jumpin' Johnny" Kline


Dr. John "Jumpin' Johnny" Kline was a standout basketball leader on and off the court. Kline's career with the Harlem Globetrotters spanned from 1953 to 1959 where he traveled all over the United States and abroad with the organization. During his tenure with the Globetrotters, they won the "World Series of Basketball" against the College All-Americans, and in 1959 posted their first undefeated season with 441 wins. Originally from Detroit, Mich., Kline was a basketball All-American and 1952 Athlete of the Year at Wayne State University, Most Valuable Player in the first Motor City Tournament and a finalist in the…
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