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Meadowlark Lemon shooting at an exhibition game on an aircraft carrier
Meadowlark Lemon (left) meeting with Betty Ford, during a 1974 visit to the White House.

Meadow "Meadowlark" Lemon'[1] (born April 25, 1932) is an American basketball player, actor, and minister. For 22 years, Lemon was known as the "Clown Prince" of the touring Harlem Globetrotters basketball team. He played in more than 16,000 games for the Globetrotters and is a 2003 inductee of the Basketball Hall of Fame. He was born in Wilmington, North Carolina, and attended Florida A&M University.



Lemon first applied to the Globetrotters in 1954, finally being chosen to play in 1955. In 1980, he left to form one of his multiple other Globetrotters imitators, the Bucketeers. He played with that team until 1983, then moved on to play with the Shooting Stars from 1984 to 1987. In 1988, he moved on to his Meadowlark Lemon's Harlem All Stars team, for which he plays currently.[1] Despite being with his own touring team, Lemon returned to the Globetrotters, playing 50 games with them in 1994.

In 2000, Lemon received the John Bunn Award, the highest honor given by the Basketball Hall of Fame outside of induction. He was inducted into the hall three years later.

On May 18, 2009, it was announced that Lemon had become the new partial owner of the Smoky Mountain Jam of the American Basketball Association.[2]

Personal life

Lemon is married to Dr. Cynthia Lemon, a practitioner of naturopathy. A born-again Christian, Lemon became an ordained minister in 1986 and received a Doctor of Divinity degree from Vision International University in Ramona, California, in 1988. He resides in Scottsdale, Arizona, where his Meadowlark Lemon Ministries maintains an office.[1]

In popular culture

On the Fox animated television series The Cleveland Show, Meadowlark Lemon is the name of the family dog.

In the stand-up comedy album Ridiculous by Norm MacDonald, a hidden track mentions Meadowlark Lemon in accordance with Norm's bit "starsearch".

In the animated television series Pinky and the Brain, Brain makes a movie starring himself and Meadowlark Lemon.

In the animated television series The Boondocks, The Meadowlark Memorial Park is a reference to Meadowlark, occurring despite the fact Meadowlark is still alive.

Meadowlark also starred in the 1979 Educational geography film Meadowlark Lemon Presents the World.


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