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Meadowlark Lemon dies at 83

Former Harlem Globetrotter George "Meadowlark" Lemon, 83, died Dec. 28, 2015. Lemon retired from the team in 1978 after 23 years.

George “Meadowlark” Lemon, 83, former Harlem Globetrotter died Dec. 28, 2015. The “Clown Prince” was known for his incredible tricks, on-court charisma, and comedic antics as part of the touring Harlem Globetrotters basketball team starting in 1955. Lemon retired from the team in 1978.

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In his tenure with the ‘Trotters, the team surged to widespread popularity in the 60s and 70s, playing for world leaders, huge arenas, and TV viewers. In addition to the Harlem Globetrotters cartoon series, Lemon also entertained via appearances on shows like “The Ed Sullivan Show,” episodes of “Scooby Doo” and many national TV commercials.

Lemon also became an ordained Christian minister in 1986 and creating his own self-named evangelistic organization in 1994. He was inducted in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 2003.

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