Team photo of the New York Celtics during the Harlem Globetrotters 1952 World Tour
Photograph of the New York Celtics team during their 1952 World Tour with the Harlem Globetrotters. Image shows players dressed in uniform worn over game attire. The exact location of the photograph is not known. Studio Erpe in Nice is printed on the lower left-hand corner. Joseph Lyles was a member of the New York Celtics and can be seen in the center of the image fourth from the right. The Globetrotters were celebrating their 25th anniversary in 1952 by touring the World. They played in 44 countries in 168 days and covered 58,849 miles! The Harlem Globetrotters and the New York Celtics were the first professional basketball teams to ever tour the globe.
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Lyles was born on Oct. 28, 1929. He died on November 13, 2012 at the age of 83. Lyles coached and taught at Washington and Lee University for 50 years. He was also a minor league baseball player. In 1958, Lyles earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Springfield College and a Master’s Degree in 1959.