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Earl "The Goat" Manigault
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Birth: Apr. 5, 1944
Death: May 15, 1998

New York City is arguably the capital of playground hoops; producingsome of the greatest talent seen on the courts. One of the best everwas Earl "the Goat" Manigault. The Goat held court against countlessNBA pros and Hall-of-Famers. This sleek 6-2 court-acrobat ran like agazelle and seemed to defy gravity when he took flight. The only thingthat could bring The Goat down to earth were his own personal vices onthe street. Earl will always be remembered as a playground legend ofhis day. Earl "the Goat" Manigault is perhaps the best basketballplayer ever to have played the game. A shade over 6 feet tall, he coulddunk effortlessly with both hands. With a vertical leap of 52 inches,he had the ability to jump up and grab quarters off of the top of abasketball backboard. He played during the renaissance of New York Citybasketball in the 1960s, playing with the playground legends ConnieHawkins, Lew Alcindor, Earl "the Pearl" Monroe, Herman "the Helicopter"Knowings and Jackie Jackson. Earl played in the famous Rucker Leaguewhere the best playground players played with the pros every summer. Itwas also the league that college coaches, sports writers, and New Yorkbasketball aficionados watched to see the best basketball player of alltime. Wide open, uncontrolled, showtime basketball where the beauty ofa dunk or the speed of a pass was rewarded by the gasps of the packedsidelines. He was a man-child on the blacktop, virtually unstoppablefrom the time he entered high school. At seventeen he had mastered thegame and had been credited with creating several new dunks, the mostfamous of which was the double dunk. He was courted by lOO's ofcolleges and offered 75 scholarships, but never graduated from highschool. After two and half years at the all black Laurinburg Institutein North Carolina, he was ready for college. He only lasted a semester,however, before returning home. Soon after, he started using heroin andhis life quickly spun out of control. He wound up in prison forrobbery, served his time, and in the most remarkable part of his story,he stayed clean, never returned to drugs or prison, and has sincededicated himself to helping kids stay in school and stay clean throughhis "walk away from drugs" tournaments. For those of you who have neverheard of Earl and question how good he really was, consider this: he isthe only basketball player ever to have both a book written about him,Double Dunk by Barry Beckham, and a movie made of his life, Rebound byHBO, but was never famous in college or the pros. HBO called him thegreatest basketball player no one ever knew. Kareem Abdul Jabbar wasasked on the day of his retirement as a Laker at the Forum in LA, whowas the greatest player he had ever played against in his career.Kareem answered after a long silence, "It would have to be Goat, Earl'the Goat' Manigault." To say that Earl's life is a story of a fallensuperstar is to miss the essence of Earl's life, because the real storyof Earl Manigault is a story of redemption. Earl may have hit bottombut he did not die and he never quit. He rose from the ashes of hismisfortune and has dedicated himself to helping inner city kids stay inschool and walk away from drugs. Earl is a hero once again. Earl "The Goat" Manigault - Rucker Park Playground basketball legend, creator of the "Double Dunk", possibly the greatest basketball player of all time. 
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Record added: Apr 02, 2004
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Earl The Goat Manigault
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Earl The Goat Manigault
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Earl The Goat Manigault
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