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Fred “Curly” Neal










Fred “Curly” Neal (May 19, 1942 – March 26, 2020) was an American basketball player who played with the Harlem Globetrotters. Following in the footsteps of Marques Haynes, Neal became the Trotters’ featured ballhandler, a key role in the team’s exhibition act.

Early life[edit]

Born in Greensboro, North Carolina, Neal attended Greensboro-Dudley High School. He went to Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, North Carolina. At Smith, he averaged 23.1 points a game and was named All-CIAA guard.


Neal played for 22 seasons (1963–85) with the Globetrotters, appearing in more than 6,000 games in 97 countries. His shaved head earned him his nickname, a reference to the Three Stooges‘ Curly Howard, and made him one of the most recognizable Globetrotters. In the 1970s, an animated version of Neal starred with various other Globetrotters in the Hanna-Barbera animated cartoon Harlem Globetrotters as well as its spinoff, The Super Globetrotters. The animated Globetrotters also made three appearances in The New Scooby-Doo Movies. Neal himself appeared with Meadowlark LemonMarques Haynes, and his other fellow Globetrotters in a live-action Saturday morning TV show, The Harlem Globetrotters Popcorn Machine, in 1974–75, which also featured Rodney Allen Rippy and Avery Schreiber.[1]

On January 11, 2008, the Globetrotters announced that Neal’s number 22 would be retired on February 15 in a special ceremony at Madison Square Garden as part of “Curly Neal Weekend.”[2] Neal was just the fifth Globetrotter in the team’s 82-year history to have his number retired, joining Wilt Chamberlain (13), Meadowlark Lemon (36), Marques Haynes (20) and Goose Tatum (50).[3] On January 31, 2008, it was announced that Neal would be inducted into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame.[4]

He was also granted the Harlem Globetrotters‘ prestigious “Legends” ring which is presented to those with major humanitarian contributions in the organization and this award was the second highest honor ever received by a former player. [5]

Personal life and death[edit]

A mural commemorating Neal’s achievements both as a Globetrotter and during his time at Dudley High School is painted in the basketball gym of the Hayes-Taylor Memorial YMCA at 1101 East Market Street in Greensboro, North Carolina. He had two daughters, Rocurl (Raquel) and Laverne Neal, and six grandchildren, David, Dante, Jayden, Brandon, Deja and Hailey. Neal lived in Houston with his fiancé Linda Ware until his death.[6] On March 26, 2020, Neal died at his home outside Houston at the age of 77.[7]


  1. ^ Harlem Globetrotters Popcorn Machine (Opening & Closing), YouTube
  2. ^ Globetrotters to retire No. 22 during Curly Neal WeekendESPN. Published January 11, 2008. Retrieved October 23, 2009.
  3. ^ Harlem Globetrotters to Retire the Jersey of the Legendary Curly NealReuters. Published January 9, 2008. Retrieved October 923, 2009.
  4. ^ Fred “Curly” Neal Inducted Into the North Carolina Sports Hall of FameCBS College Sports Network. Published May 16, 2008.
  5. ^ “HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS LEGEND CURLY NEAL PASSES AWAY AT 77” March 26, 2020. Retrieved March 26, 2020.
  6. ^ Gaither, Steven J. (March 26, 2020). “Harlem Globetrotter legend Fred “Curly” Neal passes away” Retrieved March 26, 2020.
  7. ^ “HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS LEGEND CURLY NEAL PASSES AWAY AT 77” March 26, 2020. Retrieved March 26, 2020.

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