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 Abe Saperstein

Abe Saperstein

Birth
London, City of London, Greater London, England
Death 15 Mar 1966 (aged 63)
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Burial Norridge, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Plot Memorial Section, Block 1 lot 4 grave 11
Memorial ID 2858 · View Source
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Basketball Coach, Manager. Born in London, England, he began his career in basketball as owner and coach, 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



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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 4 May 1998
  • Find A Grave Memorial 2858
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Abe Saperstein (4 Jul 1902–15 Mar 1966), Find A Grave Memorial no. 2858, citing Westlawn Cemetery, Norridge, Cook County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .