Monday, January 28, 2008

Harlem Globetrotters to Retire Curly Neal's Number in New York

Fred "Curly" Neal was one of the most popular players on the legendary Harlem Globetrotters, and he played for 22 years with the famed ambassadors of basketball. Now Curly Neal will be honored next month when his number 22 will be retired in a ceremony at the Globetrotters' game in New York's Madison Square Garden.

Curly Neal played more than 6,000 games for the Globetrotters from the mid 1960s to mid 1980s. He will be only the fifth Globetrotter player whose number has been retired.

The game at MSG is one of several that is part of "Curly Neal Weekend" in the New York City area. The Globetrotters will also play games onFeb. 16 and 18 at IZOD Center (formerly Continental Airlines Arena) in New Jersey, and on Feb. 17 at Long Island's Nassau Coliseum.

It was Fred Neal's instantly recognizable shaved head that earned him the nickname of Curly, which was also said to be a reference to the Three Stooges' Curly Howard.

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