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Thu Mar 26, 2020, 05:03 PM

Harlem Globetrotters Icon Fred 'Curly' Neal Dies At 77 Years Old

Source: AOL News

Harlem Globetrotters icon Fred “Curly” Neal has died at 77 years old.

The Globetrotters confirmed that he died in his home outside of Houston early Thursday. His cause of death has not been confirmed.

A star with the Globetrotters during their heyday, Neal played in more than 6,000 games with the team from 1963-85.
Neal was one of the most beloved Globetrotters

His ball-handling displays, shooting touch and infectious smile were mainstays at Globetrotters games as they entertained fans around the world in basketball exhibitions.

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Reply Harlem Globetrotters Icon Fred 'Curly' Neal Dies At 77 Years Old (Original post)
sfstaxprep Mar 26 OP
CottonBear Mar 26 #1
DonaldsRump Mar 26 #5
CottonBear Mar 26 #8
BigDemVoter Mar 26 #14
gibraltar72 Mar 26 #2
MoonRiver Mar 26 #3
iluvtennis Mar 26 #4
bucolic_frolic Mar 26 #6
Staph Mar 26 #7
CottonBear Mar 26 #9
Staph Mar 26 #17
CottonBear Mar 26 #20
MontanaMama Mar 26 #15
GeoWilliam750 Mar 26 #10
Dem2theMax Mar 26 #11
Jim__ Mar 26 #12
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Omaha Steve Mar 26 #13
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Response to sfstaxprep (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 05:05 PM

1. I was a big fan of Mr. Neal when I was child in the 70s

My condolences to his family.

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Response to CottonBear (Reply #1)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 05:28 PM

5. Ditto!

We would stop what we were doing to watch them, usually, I think on Wide World of Sports?

RIP, Curly Neal! You made so many folks happy around the world. You deserve an eternity of happiness.


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Response to DonaldsRump (Reply #5)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 05:53 PM

8. Wide World of Sports! The Thrill of Victory and the Agony of Defeat!

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I’m loved the Globetrotters! Mr. Neal was the best!

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Response to CottonBear (Reply #1)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 07:09 PM

14. Same here!

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Response to sfstaxprep (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 05:06 PM

2. Those dudes were the ultimate goodwill ambassadors.

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Response to sfstaxprep (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 05:08 PM

3. That's so sad. I loved the HG.

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Response to sfstaxprep (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 05:15 PM

4. A grest one is gone. RIP Curly.

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Response to sfstaxprep (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 05:28 PM

6. I remember him

I'm sure I saw him play in the late 60s - does that time period make sense?

So sad, every day's going to be obituary watch

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Response to sfstaxprep (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 05:47 PM

7. My mother once played with the Harlem Globetrotters!

No, really!

Back in the 1960s, the Globetrotters played at the West Virginia University Fieldhouse. Dad was the WVU basketball team's chief statistician, so he got our family courtside seats, while he did stats.

At one point the ball went out of bounds, and Mom caught it and threw it to Curly Neal. He threw it back. She threw it back again. This continued for a few rounds, until the laughter peaked - Curly had great comedic timing!

What no one but the family knew was that Mom was a basketball player. My little five-foot-nothing mother was the star of her high school girls' basketball team, back in the early 1940s. She knew what she was doing, tossing that ball back and forth!

Rest in peace, Curly. You brought joy to so many.


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Response to Staph (Reply #7)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 05:58 PM

9. That is so awesome, Staph!

Your mom was so lucky and talented!

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Response to CottonBear (Reply #9)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 07:47 PM

17. Mom still is lucky and talented!

She's 96 and sharp as a tack. But her basketball days are long behind her.


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Response to Staph (Reply #17)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 08:00 PM

20. You are so fortunate to have your mom!

Be well and be safe.

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Response to Staph (Reply #7)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 07:34 PM

15. What a wonderful memory!

Thank you for the smile.

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Response to sfstaxprep (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 06:09 PM

10. I remember going to one of their games in the 1960s

So enjoyable.

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Response to GeoWilliam750 (Reply #10)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 06:22 PM

11. We did too.

My dad took us. Absolutely loved the Harlem Globetrotters.

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Response to sfstaxprep (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 06:27 PM

12. We can only guess why he was called Curly.

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Response to Jim__ (Reply #12)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 06:44 PM

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Response to Jim__ (Reply #12)

Fri Mar 27, 2020, 03:01 PM

25. He could hit that long shot all day long!

What an incredible ball player and entertainer. He will be missed.

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Response to sfstaxprep (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 07:37 PM

16. He was a fine entertainer

Thanks to "the Donald" for not doing the job

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Response to sfstaxprep (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 07:51 PM

18. RIP Curly. I loved the Globetrotters appearance on Scooby Doo.

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Response to sfstaxprep (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 07:51 PM

19. I saw him play when I was a kid. He and Meadowlark Lemon were so awesome. Well, the whole

team was, but I remember those two the most.

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Response to sfstaxprep (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 08:01 PM

21. Court side seat 1972 on my 11th birthday

RIP Curly

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Response to sfstaxprep (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 08:03 PM

22. I got to see him play twice in the 1970's.

That was a lot of fun. I will never forget you Curly. Sometimes it seems, our hearts break just a little at a time.

I love you Curly!



Long live Curly Neal.

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Response to sfstaxprep (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 11:40 PM

23. Thanks for the memories. Rest in Peace, Curly.

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Response to sfstaxprep (Original post)

Fri Mar 27, 2020, 03:00 PM

24. Sometime in the late sixties/early seventies, the Globetrotters came to play

at a town about an hour from ours. Some parents got a bunch of us together and took us to see them. It was so much fun and such a fond memory. Thanks to Curly, Meadowlark Lemon, and all of the Globetrotters for spreading love and joy.

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