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Reece "Goose" Tatum

Basketball player from United States of America

Reece "Goose" Tatum (May 31, 1921 – January 18, 1967) was an African American multi-sport athlete. Born in El Dorado, Arkansas, Tatum played Negro League Baseball before becoming a star basketball player with the Harlem Globetrotters. Goose and Satchel Paige were teammates. Tatum is considered to be the original "clown prince" -- a term first applied to seminal Chicago Crusader/Philadelphia Giant Jackie Bethards in 1933 -- of the Trotters. He wove numerous comic routines into his play, of which many would reach cult status. Some of these routines were based on his stature—at 6'4", it is reported that he had an arm span of about 84 inches (210 cm) and could touch his kneecaps without bending. He is credited to have invented the hook shot (a.k.a. skyhook), a shot for which later superstar Kareem Abdul-Jabbar would become famous. Tatum and Marques Haynes, who were both Harlem Globetrotters superstars, formed a barnstorming basketball team of their own: The Fabulous Harlem Magicians. Dempsey Hovland owner of 20th Century Booking Agency was recruited to book the Harlem Magicians' games. Hovland earlier had managed the barnstorming House of David basketball team. Dempsey Hovland was  ( Wikipedia article )

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Personal facts

Date of birth
1921-05-31
Place of birth
El Dorado
Nationality
United States of America
Profession
Basketball player

Athlete facts

Sports
Basketball

Death

Date of death
1967-01-18

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