Harlem Globetrotters Legend Meadowlark Lemon Dies at Age 83

Sad news today from Arizona, where Harlem Globetrotters legendary court jester Meadowlark Lemon has died at the age of 83. From the New York Times:

Meadowlark Lemon, whose halfcourt hook shots, no-look behind-the-back passes and vivid clowning were marquee features of the feel-good traveling basketball show known as the Harlem Globetrotters for nearly a quarter-century, died on Sunday in Scottsdale, Ariz. He was 83.


The death was confirmed by his wife, Cynthia Lemon.


A gifted athlete with an entertainer’s hunger for the spotlight, Lemon, who dreamed of playing for the Globetrotters as a boy in North Carolina, joined the team in 1954, not long after leaving the Army. Within a few years, he had assumed the central role of showman, taking over from Reece Tatum, whom everyone called Goose, the Trotters’ long-reigning clown prince.

To learn more about Lemon, go read his feature story from SLAM 154. RIP.