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Louis 'Red' Klotz dies at 93; won respect as loser to Globetrotters
Louis 'Red' Klotz dies at 93; won respect as loser to Globetrotters

In the early part of his basketball life, Louis “Red” Klotz did plenty of winning. A high school all-star in the 1930s, his team twice won the Philadelphia city title and he went on to play guard for the NBA champion Baltimore Bullets. But victory took a near-permanent detour for Klotz when he began coaching and playing for the Washington Generals, a squad best known as permanent comic fodder for the Harlem Globetrotters. “Jackie Gleason has Art Carney,” Klotz was fond of saying. “Abbott has Costello, and the Globetrotters got us.” Did they ever. Over a five-decade span, Klotz’s teams forged a record against the Globetrotters of four wins...

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