Globe Trotters announce passing of Fred 'Curly' Neal

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NEW YORK CITY, New York (AP) -- Former Harlem Globetrotters legend Fred “Curly” Neal has died today at 77, according to the team. The dribbling wizard played for the Globetrotters from 1963-85, appearing in more than 6,000 games in 97 countries for the exhibition team known for its combination of comedy and athleticism.

Neal became one of five Globetrotters to have his jersey retired when his No. 22 was lifted to the rafters during a special ceremony at Madison Square Garden in 2008.