This post will be my small way of paying tribute to Meadowlark Lemon, who passed away yesterday at the age of 83.
I am certainly no wordsmith so I won't even try to tell his life story through my words, so here is a link to the best current article in regards to his life. Hopefully in coming days there will be some more in depth pieces available.
The Harlem Globetrotters don't get a lot of attention these days, but in decades past they were one of the most popular acts going. It's amazing to think about how many people (especially kids) over multiple generations that they have brought joy to. Not to mention of course how many sick children whose day's were brightened, if only briefly, by the Globetrotters charitable events and trips to hospitals. I think it's especially important to remember that a part of Mr. Lemon's and the Globetrotters legacy.
I thought too, that I would share a few cards featuring Mr. Lemon from my collection to end this post.
First up is a 2012 Panini Golden Age autograph that I was fortunate enough to pull from a box earlier this year:
Next up are two card from the 1971 Cocoa Puffs set:
And one of the backs:
Here's four cards featuring Meadowlark from the 1972 Fleer Globetrotters set:
One of the backs:
Two from the same set with the "Clown Prince" and a couple teammates doing what they do:
I would also like to note the passing of Dave Henderson who also passed away yesterday at the way too young age of 57. I listened to he and Dave Niehaus call Mariners games for a number of years and always enjoyed their camaraderie. It's hard to believe they are both gone now, especially considering how they both left in such a sudden manner. I figured more bloggers would cover Mr. Henderson's death in more detail so I decided to just do a post on Meadowlark Lemon instead.
Thanks for taking a moment to look at my page.