Fred “Curly” Neal

Fred “Curly” Neal

Birth
Greensboro, Guilford County, North Carolina, USA
Death 25 Mar 2020 (aged 77)
Houston, Harris County, Texas, USA
Burial Humble, Harris County, Texas, USA
Memorial ID 208428766 · View Source
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American Basketball Player and Entertainer. During his 22-year stint with the Harlem Globetrotters, he played in more than 6,000 games from 1963 to 1985. One of the most recognizable players and entertainers in the team's history, he thrilled crowds with his ball handling and showmanship. Neal started at Johnson C. Smith University, where he averaged more than 23 points per game during his senior year while leading the team to a CIAA title, and was later inducted into the university's Hall of Fame. As a Globetrotter, he was a crowd favorite with his trademark shaved head, infectious smile and ability to dribble circles around would-be defenders. He was a key player during the Globetrotters' most popular era in the '70s and '80s, appearing on TV shows and specials like 'The Ed Sullivan Show,' 'Love Boat' and 'Gilligan's Island.' Neal and the Globetrotters also appeared in numerous TV commercials and had their own cartoon series. In February 2008, his #22 jersey was retired by the Globetrotters, joining Wilt Chamberlain, Marques Haynes, Meadowlark Lemon and Goose Tatum.

Bio by: Louis du Mort


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  • Added: 26 Mar 2020
  • Find a Grave Memorial 208428766
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Fred “Curly” Neal (19 May 1942–25 Mar 2020), Find a Grave Memorial no. 208428766, citing Rosewood Funeral Home and Cemetery, Humble, Harris County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .