Fred Curly Neal Biography – Fred Curly Neal Wiki
Fred Curly Neal was an American basketball player who played with the Harlem Globetrotters. Following in the footsteps of Marques Haynes, Neal became the Trotters’ featured ballhandler, a key role in the team’s exhibition act. He was born in Greensboro, North Carolina, and played college basketball at Johnson C. Smith in Charlotte, where he earned All-Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association honors. He joined the Globetrotters in 1963 and played for the barnstorming on-court entertainers for 22 years. He appeared in more than 6,000 games in 97 countries before retiring from sports in 1985.
His shaved head that earned him the ironic nickname Curly, as well as his virtuoso ball-handling skills, made him one of the most recognizable members of the squad, along with longtime teammate Meadowlark Lemon. The Globetrotters retired Neal’s No. 22 at a ceremony in Madison Square Garden in 2008.
“Being a Globetrotter, especially during that time, was as much a responsibility as it was a job,” he wrote for USA TODAY in 2016. “We weren’t just entertainers. I truly believe that we helped ease many of the tensions that pulled at the country. It didn’t matter if you were black, white or whatever — laughing and enjoying our games made those barriers disappear.”
The player was inducted into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame in the year 2008. He continued to make appearances with the Globetrotters in his later years.
“We have lost one of the most genuine human beings the world has ever known,” Globetrotters general manager Jeff Munn said in a statement issued by the team. “His basketball skill was unrivaled by most, and his warm heart and huge smile brought joy to families worldwide. He always made time for his many fans and inspired millions.”
He schooled at the James B. Dudley High School and graduated from Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Fred Curly Neal Age
He was born on May 19, 1942, in Greensboro, North Carolina, United States and died on March 26, 2020, at the age of 77 years.
Fred Curly Neal Wife
Details of who he was married to, his family and whether he had children are not known.
Fred Curly Neal Death
His death was confirmed in a tweet from fellow Globetrotters icon Curly “Boo” Johnson. Johnson tweeted on March 26, 2020, “FRED “CURLY” NEAL Last night the World lost a true ambassador of the game of basketball and outside of Muhammad Ali one of the most recognizable faces on the Planet! Rest In Peace my Brother….”
The Globetrotters General Manager Jeff Munn said of Neal, “We have lost one of the most genuine human beings the world has ever known. His basketball skill was unrivaled by most, and his warm heart and huge smile brought joy to families worldwide. He always made time for his many fans and inspired millions.”
Fred Curly Neal Cause of Death
The cause of his death has not been revealed to the public.
Fred Curly Neal Height
He stood at a height of 6 feet 1inch (1.85 meters) tall.
Fred Curly Neal Net Worth
Fred Curly’s net worth is being updated.