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RIP Meadowlark Lemon, Harlem Globetrotters Legend

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  1. artytoons

    artytoons Administrator I SUPPORT BCDB! Forum Member New Member

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    Passed away at age 83.

    Born as Meadow George Lemon. Joined the Harlem Globetrotters basketball stunt team in 1954 and stayed for 25 years before forming his own basketball stunt group "The Bucketeers". Member of the Basketball Hall of Fame. Became an ordained minister in the 1980s.

    Appeared in cartoon form in Hanna-Barbera's "Harlem Globetrotters" cartoon series in 1971, with Scatman Crothers performing Meadowlark's voice. Meadowlark Lemon did perform the "Meadowlark" song used in an episode where the Globies' funny basketball game sequences required songs as background music a la "Scooby Doo" and "Josie and the Pussycats" chase scenes. Lemon did act in a few films including "Modern Romance" with Albert Brooks and "The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh" that also starred star hoopster "Dr. J" Julius Erving.

    Ex-Globetrotters star Meadowlark Lemon dies - SFGate

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    Aw, "Meadowlark" was one of the greats of the game: tremendous talent, showboat skills, and a boundless sense of humor. If basketball today was more like a civilized sport and less like hockey with a ball and no ice, Lemon would be up there with Chamberlain and Jordan. When toddlers can marvel at what the Globetrotters / Bucketeers do in safety, that's doing it right. When all the world's a stage, then Meadowlark knew how to play to the crowd. Thanks oodles, Meadow, you made it fun.
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    Freddie "Curly" Neal and Hubert "Geese" Ausbie are now the last 2 surviving original Globetrotters with ties to the cartoon. In fact, Curly and Geese are also the only 2 Globetrotters to persevere through all of Hanna-Barbera's animated incarnations of the basketball wizards, including 1979's Super Globetrotters and the 1980 special The Harlem Globetrotters Meet Snow White, both on NBC.

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