Sport: The Goose Flies High

The Harlem Globe Trotters, a barnstorming colored basketball team, have produced many a freakish player. None has been more bizarre than their latest find: Reece ("The Goose") Tatum, a 22-year-old Arkansan who stands 6 ft. 3, has a reach (from left to right) of 7 ft. 3.

Tatum never meant to be a professional basketball player. But Abe Saperstein, the sapient impresario of the Globe Trotters, happened to see him playing first base with Cincinnati's Negro American League Ethiopian Clowns last summer. Last week Tatum's extensible equipment was helping the Globe Trotters to...

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