Reece “Goose” Tatum
Goose Tatum was born in Calion, Arkansas, on May 3, 1921. He attended El Dorado High School in El Dorado, Arkansas.
Goose was discovered by Abe Saperstein, owner of the Harlem Globetrotters, in 1941 at a Negro League Baseball game. Saperstein was the scout who signed Satchel Paige to a contract in Cleveland. Goose was considered one of the Top First Basemen in Negro baseball. His clowning talent was recognized while playing baseball on a sawmill in the Ozarks, he eventually became a Clown on the Indianapolis Clowns baseball team.
Goose played for the Harlem Globetrotters for 12 seasons (1941-1954) and is considered by many to be the best showman of all time. He possessed the longest arm span in Globetrotter annals (84 inches and 40 inch sleeve length).
He was featured in March 1953 Life magazine, and was dubbed as