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Through a combination of athletics and comedy, the Harlem Globetrotters are one of the best-known sports entertainment teams in the world. Abe Saperstein created the team back in 1927 in Chicago, Illinois. The name Harlem comes from the connotation of Harlem as a leading African-American community.

So far, the Harlem Globetrotters have toured over 100 countries and played in more than 20,000 exhibition games. From 1927 until 1995 they played against the Washington Generals and have been playing against the New York Nationals since 1995.

In the beginning, the Harlem Globetrotters were a serious professional basketball team. Eventually they would work on their game to focus more on the comedic aspects. Included in their skills would be handling one or more basketballs, spinning balls on fingertips, and unusually difficult shots.

Former Harlem Globetrotters who also played in the NBA include Wilt Chamberlain, Reece Tatum, Nat Clifton, and Connie Hawkins. Bill Cosby even spent a brief period with the Harlem Globetrotters. During the '70s and '80s, the Harlem Globetrotters were on numerous television series and specials. The Harlem Globetrotters even played in front of Pope John Paul II at the Vatican in November 2000 and were inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2002.

When the Harlem Globetrotters lost to the New Jersey Reds 100-99 on January 5, 1971, it ended a 2,495-game winning streak. September 12, 1995 saw the Harlem Globetrotters fall to Kareem Abdul Jabbar's All Star Team in Vienna, Austria, for their first loss in 8,829 games. As of February 2006, the Harlem Globetrotters have won over 22,000 games.

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