Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Medowlark Lemon and his Ties to Northeast Kansas

On December 28, 2015 we learned that Meadowlark Lemon had passed away.  He was absolutely the best known of any of the Harlem Globetrotters.  However, what many may not realize is that he had many connections to not only the fine state of Kansas, but the northeast corner in particular.

  • In 1954 he played with the Globetrotters developmental team Kansas City Stars, before actually joining the Globetrotters the next year.

  • His childhood nickname (and that of his professional career) is the state bird of Kansas.

  • His grandchildren attended school in Avondale West Elementary in Topeka.

  • In the late 1990's his son George owned the Topeka Knights indoor football team.

  • Sources:
    New York Times
    Kansas City Star
    Topeka Capital Journal
    Meadowlark Lemon Biography - Official Website
    Harlem Globetrotters

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