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Founded as the "Savoy Big Five" by Abe Saperstein in 1926, the team later recognized as the Harlem Globetrotters set out to play some serious hoops. In fact, it wasn't until the late 1930s that Saperstein gave his players permission to engage in on-court shenanigans—and then only after they had established a comfortable lead. With time, the clowning increased. So did the win total. At one juncture, the famed club had authored an incredible run in which it had triumphed in 8,964 of 8,966 games!
At that height of glory, the 'Trotters were led by Hubert "Geese" Ausbie—the team's renowned "Clown Prince." Ausbie entertained the masses as both a talented hoops guru and irrepressible prankster. His love of sports began at a young age and he played multiple sports through high school. After graduating, he went to Philander Smith College on a basketball scholarship, one of over 200 athletic scholarships he was offered from major colleges. While there he met his future wife, and during his senior year was named to the all-conference and several all-American teams. He also finished the year as the third-leading scorer in the nation. Ausbie graduated from Philander Smith in 1960 and, before traveling to Chicago to try out for the Globetrotters, turned down a Chicago Cubs contract and ignored the interest of two NBA teams, the Cincinnati Royals and the Los Angeles Lakers. At the tryout in Chicago in 1961, Ausbie was chosen from more than 500 players from around the country. Among the longest-tenured players in Harlem Globetrotters history, Ausbie then "performed" on the team from 1961 through 1985, traveling to over 100 countries in six continents and performing in front of more than 100 million fans. His retirement coincided with the team's signing of its first female player in his cousin, Lynette Woodard.
Offered here is Ausbie's game worn, 1960s Globetrotters jersey, as well as uniform shorts and a warm-up jacket donned during the 1980s. The vintage blue jersey is adorned with a loud array of red-on-white stars, a gold-colored globe and bright yellow and red-on-white lettering. A size "42" tank-top, the garment boasts "HARLEM" arched across the chest in red-on-white tackle twill, with "ORIGINAL" and "GLOBETROTTERS" flanking the city name (gold-colored characters) above and beneath, respectively. A blue strip tag at the lower front tail reads "H. Ausbie - 42 + 3" chain-stitched in white cursive letters with a Wilson main label. Upon the back is Ausbie's number "35" in white-on-red tackle twill. Heavy wear. Worn some three decades later, the "Wilson" (with laundry intsructions) size "34" shorts bear an interior blue strip tag with Ausbie's number "35" sewn in yellow characters. A small red strip tag reads "1/2" in white chain stitching and the number "35" has been written near it in black marker (faded). Upon the front of the waist are the garment's two original metal buttons and a belt buckle and flap to facilitate tightening. Ausbie's zip-up jacket is of blue polyester and bears a blue strip tag inside the collar that reads "35" and a "Kaz" flap tag with fabric detail and laundry instruction flap tag. A 3-1/4"-diameter "HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS" patch graces the left breast portion, while the sleeves feature a red-and-yellow-red striped pattern. All garments remain in minimally EX/MT condition, with the jersey bearing only a small hole on its lower right front. LOA from Mears and jersey Graded A10. LOA from Legendary Auctions.
Hubert "Geese" Ausbie 1960s Harlem Globetrotters Jersey (Graded A10 by Mears) with 1980s Shorts and Warm-Up Jacket (3 Items)
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