Harlem Globetrotters Lose in Montana

One of the most famous basketball teams to ever play the game is of course the Harlem Globetrotters. Today they have two teams that travel the world and play over 600 games a year!

Now we all know that the Globetrotters do not play a serious brand of basketball, it is all about entertainment and is truly just great family fun. Even though it is more of a show the Globetrotters seldom ever lose a game. Over a 38 year period from 1952-1990 they only lost two games out of more than thirteen thousand played!

But when they first got started back in 1929 they were a competitive team. They even won the World Professional Basketball Championship in 1940. The Globetrotters also beat the Minneapolis Lakers two years in a row in 1948 and again in 1949.

So at one time the Harlem Globetrotters were considered to be one  of the very best basketball teams in the world. Photo Courtesy of Wikipedia

Now here is something you may not know. Did you know that during their run of playing competitive basketball they lost to an alumni team made up of former Montana State University Bobcats?

Over 80 years ago Montana State had an incredible basketball team. They were led by John “Cat” Thompson who was inducted into the National Basketball Hall of Fame! From 1926-1929 the “Golden Bobcats” as they were called went 102-11. Plus in 1929 they even won the National College Basketball Championship.

In 1932 the Harlem Globetrotters made a trip to Montana and went up against an alumni team from the “Golden Bobcats” unfortunately the Cats lost that game 50-35. But two years later in a re-match the Bobcats beat the Globetrotters 51-31! Frank Ward lead the Cats that night with 20 points while “Cat” Thompson had 17.

So the next time you watch the Globetrotters on TV or in person don’t forget to tell your friends about the time Montana State beat the world-famous Globetrotters! The Globetrotters will be playing in Bozeman on April 28th and Billings on April 29th.