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Jim Murray once called Meadowlark Lemon an American institution, a description the longtime Harlem Globetrotters star claims mystifies him.

“I don’t know what that means,” he says.

Oh, but he does.

“We were part of something that America needed at one time,” Lemon says of the Globetrotters. “America needed Joe Louis. America needed Arnold Palmer. America needed Sammy Davis Jr. and Louis Armstrong.

“And America and the world at one time needed people like the Harlem Globetrotters and Meadowlark Lemon.”

Read more at LATimes

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