Documentary on “Goose” Tatum and New Vignettes Highlight ESPN’s Black History Month Programming

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Documentary on “Goose” Tatum and New Vignettes Highlight ESPN’s Black History Month Programming

February 1, 2012 

ESPN’s Black History Month programming begins today and includes more than 150 hours of programming celebrating the achievements of African-Americans who made a positive influence within their sport and in society.  The highlights include a new documentary about Reece “Goose” Tatum, an original member of the Harlem Globetrotters:

  • Reece “Goose” Tatum played for the legendary Harlem Globetrotters before he created his own basketball team.  GOOSE — a one-hour documentary Sunday, Feb. 26, at 9:30 p.m. ET on ESPN — will celebrate the basketball legend, who was posthumously elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in the class of 2011.  A true sports icon, Tatum possessed a rare combination of basketball talent and comedic genius, which made him a household name around the world. 
  • ESPN’s new “Free to Be” vignettes are a series of intimate stories about life-changing sports moments.  The vignettes — aired daily on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN Classic and ESPNU — will feature a variety of individuals and groups telling stories with each other and describing how sports gave them the courage to feel “Free to Be” themselves.  
  • Back-to-back weekends of “ESPN Films on Classic” devoted to Black History Month on February 10-12 and February 17-19, in addition to SportsCentury programs on Walter Payton, Jackie Robinson, Zina Garrison, Hank Aaron and others throughout the month; archival boxing footage of Muhammad Ali, Mike Tyson and George Foreman bouts; Content of Character specials and more.  Schedule
  • Chuck Cooper, the first African-American drafted into the NBA, will be honored during the Richmond-Duquesne men’s college basketball game Saturday, Feb. 4, at 7 p.m. on ESPNU.  Cooper, chosen by the Boston Celtics in 1950, was an All-American at Duquesne.  He passed away in 1984, and members of Cooper’s family will be in attendance.  The team will wear 1950’s-style, red throwback uniforms for the game.
  • Additional content — videos, interviews and feature stories — will also be available on’s Black History Month page.



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