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The Legend of Red Klotz: How Basketball’s Loss Leader Won Over the World—14,000 Times

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by Tim Kelly
Paperback & Hardcover

Red Klotz helped introduce the game of basketball to more than 100 countries around the world during a career spanning back to the 1920s.  As owner of the Washington Generals for 60-plus years, Red played in and/or coached—and lost—more than 14,000 games to the Harlem Globetrotters. However, in 1971, his long, two-hand set shot with three seconds left, earned the Generals their first-ever victory over the Globetrotters.

Despite a 42-year losing streak since that surprising upset, Red Klotz is a winner. And at 5’7” Red is still the shortest player to win an NBA championship—with the 1948 Baltimore Bullets. The Legend of Red Klotz traces the unlikely journey of the game's most-traveled man.

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