​Meadowlark Lemon, "Clown Prince" of Harlem Globetrotters, dead at 83

December 28, 2015 2:40 PM

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​Meadowlark Lemon, "Clown Prince" of Harlem Globetrotters, dead at 83

The virtuosic basketball star Meadowlark Lemon, renowned as the "Clown Prince of basketball" during his tenure with fellow court pranksters, the Harlem Globetrotters, has died. He was 83.

Both expert player and entertainer, Lemon was the ringmaster of the team that delighted the world with their court antics. He toured with the Globetrotters, playing more than 16,000 games, including 7,500 consecutively, while performing for heads of states, popes and schoolchildren.

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