Beautiful Loser

When I was a kid, my mom took my brother Matt and I to see the Harlem Globetrotters at the Civic Arena. It was a hell of a show, even for a kid like me who wasn’t much into sports. I never gave much thought to the Washington Generals, the team that the Globetrotters always demolish, but here are a few assumptions I made.

Globetrotters games are like professional wrestling. The whole game is a “work” (a fake) and the Globetrotters and the Generals work for the same company, travel together in the same busses, and eat together in the same restaurants. The Generals are probably second string Globetrotters themselves and maybe you need to pay your dues as a General for a few years before you become a Globetrotter.

Wrong on all counts.

Red Klotz, the best loser in the history of sport, recently passed away. Red was the owner, coach, and point guard for the Washington Generals.

Here is the story of Red Klotz’s extraordinary life, his one glorious night of victory, and his 14,000 glorious nights of defeat.