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Compiled by Lars Anderson, Mark Beech, Kristi Berner, Trisha Blackmar, Brian Cazeneuvi, Albert Chen, Richard Deitsch, Pete McEntegart, Kristin Green Morse
July 02, 2001
Now you're thinking, Gee, whatever happened to...? You may find your answer in here, because we've been looking everywhere
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July 02, 2001

Lost + Found

Now you're thinking, Gee, whatever happened to...? You may find your answer in here, because we've been looking everywhere

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Home from Their Travels
Here are the current occupations and whereabouts of some notable Harlem Globetrotters alumni (including each player's years with the team).

Hubert (Geese) Ausbie

1961-85

Globetrotters coach and manager of basketball operations

Little Rock

J.C. Gipson

1951-80

Retired (former Fridgedaire parts distributor)

San Bernardino, Calif.

Robert (Showboat) Hall

1949-74

Retired (former corrections officer)

Detroit

Charles (Tex) Harrison

1954-72

Globetrotters coach and manager of basketball operations

Houston

Connie Hawkins

1963-67

Phoenix Suns community relations speakers bureau

Phoenix

Marques Haynes

1946-53, '72-79

Owner of a water filtration company

Dallas

Mannie Jackson

1960-62

Globetrotters owner and chairman

Paradise Valley, Ariz.

Bob Karstens

1942-43

Retired (former home builder)

Redlands, Calif.

Meadowlark Lemon

1955-77

Ordained minister

Scottsdale, Ariz.

Dave Nash

1969-70

Equal Employment Opportunity officer at National Library of Medicine

Mitchellviile, Md.

David Naves

1971-72

Senior systems engineer, Swales Aerospace

Bowie, Md.

Fred (Curly) Neal

1962-85

Retired (former Orlando Magic director of special projects)

Orlando

Bernie Price

1936-52

Retired (former railroad dispatcher)

Chicago

Frank Stephens

1966-74

Director of code and licensing enforcement for the state of Michigan

Lansing, Mich.

Lynette Woodard

1985-87

Kansas women's assistant coach

Lawrence, Kans.

LATE GREATS: Wilt Chamberlain (1958-59); "Wee" Willie Gardner (1954-57); William (Pop) Gates (1951-54, '55-60); Carl Helem (1948-55); Junius Kellogg (1953-54); Goose Tatum (1942-55)

Seattle Slew

With the death last January of 1978 Triple Crown winner Affirmed, 77 champion Seattle Slew is the lone surviving member of American racing's most royal family. Since Sir Barton first swept the Kentucky Derby the Preakness and the Belmont, in 1919, there has always been a living Triple Crown winner, and from the looks of him, Slew, 27, isn't going anywhere soon. "He's in excellent shape for a horse his age," says Dat Rosenberg, the president of Three Chimneys Farm, where Slew's stud fee is around $300,000.

The big bay's offspring have earned more than $70 million on the track, and they have been hugely successful in the breeding shed. After undergoing surgery to fuse vertebrae in his neck in April 2000, Slew took off from his stallion duties for the rest of the year, but this season he covered a full book of 46 mares. "He establishes dynasties," Rosenberg says. "He is very conscious of who he is."

Joe Charboneau

On a pleasant Ohio night last August, in the bottom of the eighth inning, Super Joe Charboneau dug in once more as a professional hitter. O.K., so the setting was the independent Frontier League—it was pro ball nonetheless. Besides, pitcher Jamie Blaesing of the London ( Ont.) Werewolves wasn't doing the old man any favors during his one-time promotional at bat for the Canton (Ohio) Crocodiles. "The guy was throwing curveballs!" Charboneau says. "I couldn't believe it." No matter. Super Joe reached way back—about two decades—and smacked the second pitch on a line to left center. Single.

For a moment it doesn't seem so long ago that Charboneau, now 46, burst on the scene with the Cleveland Indians in 1980. The 6'2", 200-pounder could hit, earning American League Rookie of the Year honors by batting .289 with 23 homers and 87 RBIs. But that was almost beside the point: Here was a man who could do more with a beer bottle than Augie Busch: Charboneau could remove the cap with his left eye socket or with the muscles in his forearm and quaff the brew through his nose, making him, in some eyes, the toast of baseball.

Alas, the fun didn't last. An awkward spring training slide in 1981 wrenched Charboneau's back, starting Super Joe's own slide. He would play only 70 more big league games over the next two seasons.

Today he's the batting instructor and director of baseball operations for the Crocodiles, commuting 70 miles to home games from the Cleveland suburb of North Ridgeville, where he lives with wife Cindi, son Tyson, 22, and daughter Dannon, 20. He can't get over how many Clevelanders still remember him, and like them, he prefers to recall the quality rather than the quantity of his stint in the Show. "I'm not bitter," Charboneau says. "I got a few years in the bigs, and that's pretty good."

Olga Korbut

At the 1972 Olympics in Munich, a 17-year-old gymnast from the Soviet Union won two individual gold medals, a team gold and the hearts of the world. Olga Korbut, the 4' II" pigtailed pixie from Grodno, Belarus, performed dazzling moves that made jaws drop while her smile lit up living rooms from Leningrad to Louisville. One Soviet foreign minister would tell Korbut that she had done more for relations with the U.S. than anyone else had in five years.

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