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Abe Saperstein
Birth: Jul. 4, 1902
Death: Mar. 15, 1966

Basketball Couch, Manager. Born in London, England, he began his career in basketball as owner and couch, when he organized African American basketball team "The Savoy Five" in 1926. Shortly there after his team gained it's most notoriety when they became known as the "Harlem Globetrotters". Saperstein conceived the idea of fancy, comedic, razzle-dazzle type of play, and soon the team was a must-see attraction on the professional basketball barnstorming circuit. They became a popular touring attraction and Goodwill Ambassadors which traveled all over the world. Even though considered an entertainment act, the Globetrotters still won the World Basketball Championship in 1940 and captured basketball's International Cup in (1943-44). Saperstein continued to travel around the world as the owner and coach of the Harlem Globetrotters until his death at age 63 in Chicago, Illinois. He was posthumously inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1971 and the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 1979. (bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) 
 
Burial:
Westlawn Cemetery
Norridge
Cook County
Illinois, USA
Plot: Memorial Section, Block 1 lot 4 grave 11
GPS (lat/lon): 41.95859, -87.82452
 
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Record added: May 04, 1998
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