Harlem Globetrotters Legend Curly Neal Passes Away
March 26, 2020 1:21PM PDT
Fred “Curly” Neal, the face of the Harlem Globetrotters for 22 years, died Thursday at the age of 77.
Known for his slick ballhandling skills and fun-loving spirit, Neal, became just the fifth Globetrotters player to have his jersey retired in 2008, joining Wilt Chamberlain, Marques Haynes, Meadowlark Lemon and Goose Tatum.
Neal played in more than 6,000 games in 97 countries for the Globetrotters from 1963 to 1985, when the team appeared in numerous TV appearances.
He joined the Globetrotters after averaging more than 23 points per game during his senior year while leading Johnson C. Smith University to the CIAA title.