The Harlem Globetrotters on What’s My Line (1956)

The Globetrotter lineup in when this aired on December 30, 1956 was impressive (when is it not). You had Andy Johnson, Roman Turman, Charles Hoxie, Clarence Wilson, Woody Sauldsberry, Carl Green, Leon Hillard, Willie Garner and of course the esteemed Meadowlark Lemon. It is very cool to see this lineup on TV back in the 1950s and very interesting to see how they handle a squad with the standard What’s My Line format.

The real bonus comes out the end when Hillard, fully attired demonstrates his amazing dribbling ability.


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3 thoughts on “The Harlem Globetrotters on What’s My Line (1956)

  1. What maintained my attention during this video – apart from the suspenseful Q&A – was the perpetually bright smile of Meadowlark Lemon. He seemed purely delighted to be there, which made me smile too.

    Panelist question: Do you appear on ice?
    Clarence Wilson’s answer: A definitive “no,” voiced with a hint of embarrassment brought on by such an off-base question.

    While in 1956 it was true that the Globetrotters did not play on ice, the modern squad has opened their minds to such venues. On February 9, 2010, the Harlem Globetrotters played the Washington Generals on ice in NYC’s Central Park, purportedly the first ever ice basketball game. Check it out:

  2. Atari Adventure Square says:

    Seeing the Globetrotters are still around makes me incredibly happy.

    Always been a big fan.

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