Mel Davis and Bill Meggett Harlem Globetrotters Card

Description
This Mel Davis and Bill Meggett Harlem Globetrotters card is number 37 in a series of 84 featuring the Harlem Globetrotter basketball team that was issued by the Fleer Corporation in 1972. The front of the card features an image of Bill Meggett leapfrogging over while dribbling a basketball. The card’s reverse describes how Mel is a player-coach and must teach rookies the Globetrotter’s way, and stay in peak physical condition.
The Harlem Globetrotters—originally called the Savoy Big Five—were founded in 1927 as a promotion for the Savoy Ballroom nightclub in Chicago. The team soon changed their name to associate themselves with the African-American cultural movement known as the Harlem Renaissance. This gave the Globetrotters the prestige of being associated with Harlem, while also letting white Midwestern audiences know what to expect when the team came to town. Before the advent and rise of the NBA, the Globetrotters drove to small towns in the Midwest and played competitive games against other semi professional teams in a practice known as “barnstorming.” The Globetrotters soon became one of the America’s best teams, and they began to incorporate “The Show” into their games to keep the score close. As the years went by, these tricks and comedic routines became the centerpiece of Globetrotter games that they are still known for today.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
card, basketball
date made
1971
associated institution
Harlem Globetrotters
publisher
Harlem Globetrotters, Inc.
depicted
Davis, Mel
Meggett, Bill
maker
Fleer Corp.
Harlem Globetrotters, Inc.
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 3 1/2 in x 2 1/2 in; 8.89 cm x 6.35 cm
place made
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
ID Number
1982.0568.141
accession number
1982.0568
catalog number
1982.0568.141
subject
Basketball
Professional
Sports
See more items in
Culture and the Arts: Sport and Leisure
Basketball Cards
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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