Murió Fred “Curly” Neal: ¿cómo murió la estrella de los Trotamundos de Harlem?

Murió Fred “Curly” Neal: ¿cómo murió la estrella de los Trotamundos de Harlem?

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El mundo del deporte está de luto, esta vez tras conocerse la triste noticia del fallecimiento de Fred “Curly” Neal, una de las grandes estrellas del baloncesto.

El exdeportista, quien por más de dos décadas fue el rostro de los reconocidos Trotamundos de Harlem, expertos en hacer todo tipo de piruetas y acrobacias de basquetball, falleció el jueves en la ciudad de Houston, donde residía con su familia.

“Curly” Neal tenía 77 años y se convirtió en uno de los rostros más conocidos de todo el mundo, gracias a las constantes giras de los llamados Trotamundos o Globetrotters.
La noticia del fallecimiento del basquetbolista fue revelada por el famoso equipo, a través de sus redes sociales, donde lamentaron la pérdida.

Harlem Globetrotters from the 80's and 90's!Good ole days featuring Sweet Lou,Geese Ausbie, Curley Boo,Wildthing Wilson,Showbiz Jackson,Billy Ray Hobley, Tree Gordon,Curly Neal2015-10-02T15:17:55.000Z

“Hemos perdido a uno de los seres humanos más genuinos que el mundo haya conocido”, aseguró el gerente general de los Globetrotters, Jeff Munn, a través de su cuenta de Twitter.

El ejecutivo aprovechó su mensaje para mencionar lo excepcional que era el deportista a lo largo de su vida profesional.

“La habilidad de baloncesto de Curly no tenía rival para la mayoría, y su corazón cálido y su enorme sonrisa alegraron a las familias de todo el mundo”, agregó Munn.

La NBA también lamentó la muerte del jugador y destacó no solo su labor en el terrreno de juego sino en el “desarrollo y la promoción del deporte del baloncesto a través del mundo”.

Tras conocerse la noticia, los seguidores de Neal manifestaron la tristeza por la muerte del atleta con todo tipo de mensajes.

El basquetbolista era reconocido por sus tremendas habilidades y trucos con la pelota, al igual que por su sentido del humor y ese estilo de cabeza rapada que siempre mantuvo.

En el 2008 Neal colgó su camiseta, sumándose a otras estrellas que le dijeron adiós al equipo como Wilt Chamberlain, Marques Haynes, Goose Tatum y Meadowlark Lemon.

WLS Channel 7 – ABC Wide World of Sports – "The Harlem Globetrotters in Sierra Vista" (1978)Here's a lengthy excerpt of ABC Wide World of Sports as aired on WLS Channel 7, spotlighting a (mostly complete) appearance by the Harlem Globetrotters at their training camp in the Barnes Field House at Fort Huachuca in Sierra Vista, AZ, playing against the New Jersey Reds. The play-by-play for this game, such as it was, was called by Howard Cosell. The roster of the "Clown Princes of Basketball," as of this appearance consisted of Meadowlark Lemon (#36; who would announce his retirement from the team later in the year), Curly Neal (#22), Nate Branch (#32), Geese Ausbie (#35), Jerry Venable (#38), Twiggy Sanders (#42), Mel Davis (#19), Marques Haynes (#20), John Smith (#24), Dallas Thornton (#10) and Wolfman Lee (#34). Reds players include General Holman and (?) Buckner [actually Rick Butner] (#11). The referee is Andy Johnson, joined in the course of the game in officiating by Riley Pitkoff and Bruce Briggs. The play-by-play (with some shots of a banner saying "Sierra Vista / Ft. Huachucha[sic] Welcomes ABC-TV") is intermixed with behind-the-scenes with the team, and recurring filmed segments about various legends retold Globetrotters style (narrated by Fred Foy). After the end of the first part, Howard signals for a commercial break, but the tape cuts directly to the next sequence. After the second part, Howard acknowledges soldiers stationed at Fort Huachucha; this leads to a filmed skit that is cut just as it's starting, and directly to the Globetrotters clowning with soldiers and visiting wounded veterans before play (and the hi-jinks) resumes. Commercial: Allstate Homeowner's Insurance, followed by very brief shot of start of car commercial before cutting to film skit (already in progress) about the legend of the O.K. Corral in Tombstone, re-enacted both traditionally (voiceover by Fred Foy) and in Globetrotters' style (voiceover by Howard Cosell), before we get back to the action. A very brief commercial is shown before the tape cuts back to the Globetrotters/Reds match. Yet another brief commercial opening (for a drink) before tape cuts back to the hilarity on the court. At one point Geese douses Tony DeMarco of the Fort Huachuca sports staff with water. This is followed by a continuation of the Tombstone legend, Globetrotters-style (narrated by Fred Foy), before once again Howard picks up the action at Barnes. The next commercial break is cut out entirely, and on the court some funny stuff with a cowboy hat. This leads into a segment of Meadowlark at his residence at El Rancho Escondido in Arizona before we get back to the game, with ventures into football and baseball before the action finally ends. We then cut to the ending titles to the series, with sponsor billboards for Anheuser-Busch Natural Light and Gillette Right Guard (voiceover by host Jim McKay). [Technical Note: On some angles, shots of Norelco PC-70 cameras used by ABC in those days can be seen, however briefly.) This aired on local Chicago TV on Sunday, January 8th 1978 within the 3:30pm to 5:00pm timeframe (the 5 kHz telco audio was still on network feeds at that point for much of the country – but that would all change within the next month with diplexing which allowed video and audio to be fed through the same lines). About The Museum of Classic Chicago Television: The Museum of Classic Chicago Television's primary mission is the preservation and display of off-air, early home videotape recordings (70s and early 80s, primarily) recorded off of any and all Chicago TV channels; footage which would likely be lost if not sought out and preserved digitally. Even though (mostly) short clips are displayed here, we preserve the entire broadcasts in our archives – the complete programs with breaks (or however much is present on the tape), for historical purposes. For information on how to help in our mission, to donate or lend tapes to be converted to DVD, and to view more of the 4,700+ (and counting) video clips available for viewing in our online archive, please visit us at:

Según reportó la agencia EFE de noticias, el deportista obtuvo en su carrera varios reconocimientos como el anillo “Legends” de Globetrotters en 1993. En aquel entonces se aseguró que el deportista estaba obteniendo el reconocimiento “por su contribución importante al éxito y el desarrollo de la organización Globetrotters”.

Tras su retiro de los Trotamundos, Fred siguió participando en diferentes eventos y se volvió “Embajador de Buena Voluntad”.

Happy Birthday Curly Neal!Check out some highlights of the Globettrotter legend on his 74th birthday. Curly Neal played in over 6,000 games in 97 countries during his 22 seasons with the Globetrotters. He was also a pop culture icon, appearing on shows like Scooby-Doo and The Harlem Globetrotters Popcorn Machine. ▶ SUBSCRIBE for Globetrotter Action all year round: ▶ Follow the Globetrotters 24/7 on social media: TWITTER: FACEBOOK: INSTAGRAM: GOOGLE+: Want to see Thunder, Big Easy, Flight Time, Bull, or Sweet J LIVE?? ▶ Go To …and get your game face ready!!2016-05-19T16:02:00.000Z

Los números de su larga y prominente carrera profesional indican que estuvo en 6,000 partidos, visitó 97 países desde 1963 a 1985 y marcó un sinnúmero de anotaciones y protagonizó muchísimas acrobacias.