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Harlem Globetrotters legend Fred 'Curly' Neal dies at 77

Harlem Globetrotters legend Fred “Curly” Neal died Wednesday at his house in Houston, Texas.

Former Globetrotters proprietor Mannie Jackson showed his loss of life to The Undefeated. From 1963-85, Neal performed in additional than 6,000 video games throughout 97 nations, in line with the group’s website online.

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Earlier than the Web and cable tv truly existed, Neal and the Globetrotters offered the game of basketball to thousands and thousands of sports activities fan around the globe. Curly was once identified for his spectacular capturing, ball-handling abilities, his smile and iconic bald head.

Neal wore No. 22 whilst taking part in 22 seasons for the crimson, white and blue.

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“We’ve misplaced one of the vital authentic human beings the sector has ever identified,” stated Globetrotters basic supervisor Jeff Munn in a commentary. “His basketball ability was once unequalled via maximum, and his heat center and large smile introduced pleasure to households international. He at all times made time for his many enthusiasts and impressed thousands and thousands.”

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​​​​Harlem Globetrotter Fred "Curly" Neal is seen Feb. 13, 2012 in New York City. (Getty Images)

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​​​​Harlem Globetrotter Fred “Curly” Neal is noticed Feb. 13, 2012 in New York Town. (Getty Pictures)

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Neal’s No. 22 jersey was once retired via the Globetrotters in 2008. He was once simply the 5th Globetrotter to have his jersey quantity retired, becoming a member of Wilt Chamberlain, Marques Haynes, Meadowlark Lemon and Goose Tatum. Thus far, there were 8 numbers retired.

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