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The Harlem Globetrotters are coming to town.

Local fans of that world-famous team clad in the iconic American flag-inspired uniform – beloved for its seemingly bottomless bag of basketball tricks as “Sweet Georgia Brown” plays in the background – have plenty of February 2020 dates to mark on their calendars.

The Globetrotters have a two-night run (Feb. 12-13) at the Collins Arena in Lincroft, N.J., before a Valentine’s Day show at Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, Conn.

On Feb. 16, they have a pair of performances at Barclays Center – with start times of 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. – and a show at Madison Square Garden on Feb. 17 that begins at noon.

The team then returns to Bridgeport’s Webster Bank Arena for a 7 p.m. show on Feb. 21.

Founded in Chicago in 1926 by businessman Abe Saperstein, the Harlem Globetrotters are billing this tour as “Pushing the Limits.” The tour commenced on Dec. 26, 2019, and wraps up in April.

Though all of the stops of this tour are in North American locations, the Globetrotters have “entertained popes, kings, queens and presidents around the globe,” as well as a total of “more than 148 million fans in 123 countries and territories” throughout their 94-year history, according to the team’s website.

The Globetrotters’ roster is 39 players deep. It includes Detroit product Bull Bullard – who currently holds the world record for both the longest behind-the-back shot (42 feet, 6.5. inches) and under-the-legs shot (62 feet, 10.38 inches) – and New Jersey native Swish Sutton, who helped the University of South Carolina women’s basketball team advance to the Sweet 16 round of the 2012 NCAA tournament.

The first-ever Globetrotters born in Puerto Rico (Orlando “El Gato” Meléndez), China (Lucky Jiang) and Ukraine (Smoove Kryvenko) are also on the team’s current roster, reinforcing the family-friendly entertainment brand’s global appeal.

The short list of players who’ve had their jersey number retired by the team includes NBA legend Wilt Chamberlain (13), Curly Neal (22), Marques Haynes (20) and Meadowlark Lemon (36).

A fun fact about the Harlem Globetrotters:

The team’s musical theme, “Sweet Georgia Brown,” was originally composed by Maceo Pinkard and Ben Bernie in 1925. While the Globetrotters were founded during the following year, the jazz standard wouldn’t become inexorably linked to them until 1952 – three years after the whistled version that we’re all familiar with today was recorded by Alabama-born musician Brother Bones.

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