I reviewed your article on the Five Greatest Professional Handicapped Playersof all time. However, I was wondering if you know about Boid Buie. Mr. Buie lost his arm at the age of 17. He went on to play professional basketball with the Harlem Globetrotters, signing with them in 1947. During his tenture with the Globetrotters, Buie averaged 18 points per game.
The Globetrotters were initially a serious competitive team, and despite a flair for entertainment, they would only clown for the audience after establishing a safe lead in the game. In 1939, they accepted an invitation to participate in the World Professional Basketball Tournament, where they met the New York Rens in the semi-finals in the first big clash of the two greatest all-black professional basketball teams. The Rens defeated the Globetrotters and went on to win the Tournament, but in 1940 the Globetrotters avenged their loss by defeating the Rens in the quarterfinals and advancing to the championship game, where they beat the Chicago Bruins in overtime by a score of 37–36.
The Globetrotters beat the premier professional team, the Minneapolis Lakers (led by George Mikan), for two years in a row in 1948 and 1949, with the Lakers winning later contests. The February 1948 win (by a score of 61–59, on a buzzer beater) was a hallmark in professional basketball history, as the all-black Globetrotters proved they were on an equal footing with the all-white Lakers.
Mr. Buie played with the Globetrotters until 1965 when he started his own professional basketball team, The Harlem Stars.