Reece Tatum

Reece "Goose" Tatum , born May 3rd, 1921 in El Dorado, AR, was a Negro League baseball player from 1938-1948, as well as a Hall of Fame basketball player with the Harlem Globetrotters.


A lanky, goofy character, Reece Tatum was every bit an entertainer as he was a natural athlete. Known to fans by his nickname "Goose", Tatum began his professional career in the later 1930s with the Louisville Black Colonels as a teenager. Later, he played with the Memphis Red Sox, Birmingham Black Barons, and Cincinnati Clowns before signing with the Indianapolis Clowns in 1945, playing with the team through 1948.

Tatum also was a longtime member of the Harlem Globetrotters and was considered the team's star player. He is often best remembered for his antics, but he was also a very talented player.

Tatum died on January 18, 1967 in El Paso, TX. In 2011, he was posthumously elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.


The following footage filmed in September, 1946 at Crosley Field in Cincinnati features Tatum playing with the Indianapolis Clowns.


Statistics at Baseball-Reference.com.


1) http://www.encyclopediaofarkansas.net/encyclopedia/entry-detail.aspx?entryID=3010
2) Barnstorming to Heaven: Syd Pollock and His Great Black Teams, Alan J. Polluck, 2012
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