"[Harlem Globetrotter] Fred 'Curly' Neal was a showman who brought joy to basketball fans all over the world. At a time when the art of dribbling had only been mastered by a few, Curly was the guy that a generation of basketball players sought to imitate." - Damion Thomas, NMAAHC
We were sad to hear that Fred "Curly" Neal passed away this week. Tribute to he and teammates will always be the Harlem Globetrotters on Tour pinball. Designed by Greg Kmiec, art by Greg Freres and released in 1979 by Bally with just over 14,500 units produced. #arcademuseum
As one of the truly magical dribblers & shooters in basketball history, Curly Neal did it all during his 22 seasons with the #HarlemGlobetrotters! Curly’s skills, personality, and passion for the sport of basketball can still be seen in the way we play today! 🏀#fbf #basketball
Rest In Peace. Curly Neal was a testament to skill and confidence. As a part of my childhood he made me believe anything is possible with hard work. In my eyes he was a strong Black man exercising his right of self determination with a high level of skill and craft. Pride.
Fred “Curly” Neal – the Harlem Globetrotters icon known worldwide for his trademark shaved head and charismatic smile – passed away this morning in his home outside of Houston at the age of 77.