Lemon and the famed Harlem Globetrotters took the game of basketball from Kansas farm towns, and introduced the sport all over the world. During his 26-year career with the Globetrotters (1954-79), Lemon played in more than 1,600 games in 100 countries around the world, dazzling young and old alike with basketball skills, humor and fellowship.
It is easy to say the Globetrotters are the greatest ambassadors of the game of basketball, and that Lemon ‘The Clown Prince of Basketball’, was its ultimate ambassador. Even today, when you think of the Globetrotters, you think of Meadowlark. He received the highest honor the game could bestow in 2003, when he was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame.
This is an excerpt from a release by Hall of Fame president John L. Doleva on Lemon’s passing:
“Meadowlark used the game of basketball to bring happiness, peace and laughter to people from a variety of cultures across the globe. He proved that basketball truly has no boundaries and the language of the game is spoken universally whether he was performing in front of the Pope, Presidents or children of all ages. We were proud to recognize Meadowlark as part of our Hall of Fame family and we will continue to celebrate the joy that he brought to so many people.”
Linked below is footage looking back at Medowlark’s career.