Fred “Curly” Neal is best known for his career with the Harlem Globetrotters, instantly recognizable with his shaved head. He was born in Greensboro, North Carolina, he attended Greensboro-Dudley High School. Neal went to Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, North Carolina. At Smith, he averaged 23.1 points a game and was named All-CIAA guard. Neal played for 22 seasons (1963–85) with the Globetrotters, appearing in more than 6,000 games in 97 countries. His shaved head earned him his nickname, a reference to the Three Stooges’ Curly Howard, and made him one of the most recognizable Globetrotters.