Thursday, April 2, 2015

Red Klotz and the Generals

One of the reasons I made an effort to see the Globetrotters when they were in town was because of a family connection to the two teams they play against. My grandmother's cousin was Red Klotz. Red was a well known NBA player who formed, played for, and coached the Washington Generals and New York Nationals.
Red is number 3.

Sadly, Red passed away over the summer, so I thought this was a great year to get out to a game in his memory. I emailed my cousins (his daughter/son-in-law) who now manage the team and they got me tickets and I was able to see them during the game; it was great to catch up with them!
The Generals are famous for beating the Globetrotters in 1971! They opened up the game, while introducing the Generals talking about that. I may have been the only person rooting for them, too, ha!
The Generals were wearing a yellow patch on their jerseys with Red's signature on it, which was cool to see and hear about. In the end, they almost won, and it was great to get a chance to finally see the team a family member had built so many years ago!
Little by Little
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17 thoughts on the matter:

Dina Lettre said... {Reply}

Fun! I saw them waaayyy back in 1980!!

Karen S. said... {Reply}

How interesting. Thanks for sharing such awesome photos, it's almost, as good as being there too.

Leovi - La FotografĂ­a Efectista Abstracta said... {Reply}

Wonderful photos Generals !!!

abrianna said... {Reply}

I saw them when I was about 12. Sure was fun and I hope you found them fun too.

tiarastantrums said... {Reply}

so much fun! What an interesting part of your history!! My kids used to love to see the Globetrotters - but when they came here - it was the same show - 3 years in a row! So we stopped going!

carol l mckenna said... {Reply}

Great shots of 'shots' ~ and fun! What a gift for you to honor your relative related to the team owners!

Happy weekend coming to you,
artmusedog and carol

Linda Kay said... {Reply}

What a nice memory. Those teams go so unnoticed, because of the antics of the Globetrotters.

Gina Kleinworth said... {Reply}

Oh my - how fun!!!!!!!!!! I would love to do that.

Dara @ Not In Jersey said... {Reply}

that is very cool about your relative!

Adrienne said... {Reply}

Very, very cool in the family history department!

Kim said... {Reply}

Great story and a fitting tribute!

jeannettestgermain said... {Reply}

This is a great tribute to Red! How was it to have had a famous relative?

Danelle M said... {Reply}

What a cool connection to the team! Looks like a lot of fun too!

Renae of Simple Sequins said... {Reply}

Oh such great sentiment her, Tamar. Glad you were able to attend that game. wow.
♥renae
renaesrepertoire.com

Buckeroomama said... {Reply}

It would've been great to see the Globetrotters in action anyway, but to have a sort of connection to the team/s playing, that's double the treat!

Melissa Rich said... {Reply}

Wow, that's so cool that you have that connection! I bet it was tons of fun to see them in person!

Have a great weekend :)

abrianna said... {Reply}

The family connection part is awesome!