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Winning and Losing

CMOkhQrVEAA1r4bThe Washington Generals have long been one of my favorite topics, in large part because of the wonderful man who founded them. I wrote numerous times about Red Klotz, who died a year ago. He founded the Generals in 1953 as a team to play the Harlem Globetrotters. The Generals were his legacy, a proud team that almost never won, an underdog just about everyone rooted against, a team that measured its worth how hard people laughed when their pants were pulled down.

His daughter Jody and son-in-law John Ferrari have been running the team in his spirit for the last 20-plus years. And now it is over. On August 1st, 2015 in Wildwood, N.J., the Generals played their last game.

Here is the story that goes with it.

6 Responses to Winning and Losing

  1. wordyduke says:

    Great story. I suppose it doesn’t have to be on Wikipedia, but I hope somebody has a roster of all the men who have played for the Generals over the years. There ought to be an alumni gathering, or at least an e-newsletter.

  2. ronee groff says:

    Thank you Mr. Posnanski for your brilliant writing which has captured a poignant moment
    in sports and entertainment. John and Jody Ferrari have managed the Washington Generals in the
    name, spirit, and dignity of our Father, Red Klotz, and our family is indebted to them for the exemplary job they have done over decades. You captured the history and the splendor of one of the most unique sports stories, of both man and team, ever told. The magic and memories we all share
    through the amazing life of our Dad and his global sports adventures is measured in the family memories of millions and every smile and laughter of children around the globe. Sincerest appreciation to you from the entire Klotz Family and our appreciation to all of the Washington Generals and Red Klotz fans around the planet.

  3. chlsmith says:

    As always, top notch stuff. When are you going to get the job of doing the sappy monologue saved for Costas at the Olympics? Could you at least write it for him?

  4. David Gardner says:

    Thanks, Joe. Was saddened to hear of Red Klotz’s passing last year. I knew that he had probably hit more two-handed set shots than any player in history, but I didn’t know that he was the shortest player ever on an NBA championship team.
    I’m sorry to see the Generals go…

  5. MikeN says:

    I don’t think it’s correct that the Generals only won those games. I remember ESPN covering once that a Kareem AbdulJabbar team didn’t know he was supposed to lose, and they beat the Globetrotters.

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