Hi, I am wondering if you could help me get the word spread about a part of history that many don't know about. I am writing to you regarding my old boss. His name is Al Pullins. He was one of the very first five Harlem Globetrotters, from Phillip High School in Chicago. Al led his high school team to the state championship, While a Globetrotter he received several awards. Such as being listed as the 5th all time person for integrating African Americans into pro basketball. He has received the first Black Pioneer Award. He was in Ripley s believe it or not for scoring 77 pt in one game, the same year he scored 2582 pts in 151 games, which was the world record, only to be beaten by Wilt Chamberlin. he is only 5'9
In various newspaper articles he is described as "greatest scoring threat", "remembered for his long shots":, "little wizard of basketball"..
Black Legends of Professional Basketball said in 1999. "You are truly blessed for being a legend in your own time" as well as "A Truly great pioneer and a legend in your own time.".
In 1960 the Harlem Globetrotters said " In grateful appreciation for playing a important role in the advancement of the Harlem Globetrotters. Al Pullins is also listed as one of the top 25 Harlem Globetrotters of all time.
Sweetwater Clifrton, first NBA African American player, this years inductee into the NBA Hall of Fame said "If anyone should go into the hall of fame it should be Runt Pullins, He was a little guy who played for the Globetrotters and there wasn't a thing he couldn't do.
He is also listed as the 5th all time Pioneer for integrating African Americans into Pro basketball.
For over 50 yrs he dedicated his life to charity by the means of comedy basketball. After he left the trotters he formed a team called Al Pullins Broadway Clowns then changed it to Al Pullins Harlem Clowns . They traveled the US, Canada, Mexico, Japan and the Philippines, just to name a few. They traveled hundreds of miles a day,, 7 days a week, 6 months out of the year, At times even playing more then one game a day. Often not being able to sleep in the Hotel or eat in the restaurants.
The proceeds for the games have went to many great causes, such as building a gym on a Indian Reservation, they helped send a deaf basketball team to the state tournament, Cystic Fibrosis, They helped a special ed school in Alaska, Thousands of High Schools athletic funds have been aided by Al Pullins Broadway/Harlem Clowns.
There is even a US Congress Statue that recognized AL Pullins for being the pioneer that he is for integrating people of color in pro basketabll, and that the NBA would not be wha the it is today, if it had not been for the Harlem Globetrotters, Harlem Clowns, AL Pullins and many more. The early barnstorming basketball teams hardships is what helped paved the way for the NBA players of today.
Please show your support by signing our petition to have AL Pullins inducted into Naismith Hall of Fame as a individual and not just as a Globetrotter. Thank you, Sincerely, AL Pullins Harlem Clowns basketball players, Teresa M Hoffman, Ronald Bard, and Peter Vario.
Because Al Pullins is a pioneer of the basketball community who helped paved the way for integration of African Americans into pro basketball as well as dedicating almost 50 yrs of his life to...
Because Al Pullins is a pioneer of the basketball community who helped paved the way for integration of African Americans into pro basketball as well as dedicating almost 50 yrs of his life to charity by the means of comedy basketball. The more people that sign, the bigger the chance of is nomination.