July 17, 2014
VILLANOVA, Pa. - Louis "Red" Klotz, a standout guard who played for the Villanova Wildcats in 1941-42 before carving a niche in basketball lore with the Washington Generals, passed away at the age of 93 last weekend in Margate, N.J.
Klotz came to Villanova from South Philadelphia High School and was a starting guard on the 1941-42 squad that finished with a 13-9 record. After World War II, Klotz was part of the Baltimore Bullets' National Basketball Association championship team in 1947-48.
According to the official web site of the Harlem Globetrotters, Klotz was asked by owner Abe Saperstein to form a regular opponent for the team in 1952. Klotz created the Washington Generals, the squad that helped the Globetrotters entertain fans across the globe.
Klotz is one of only six men to have their jerseys retired by the Globetrotters in the 88-year history of the franchise. The select fraternity also includes Curly Neal, Goose Tatum, Marques Haynes, Meadowlark Lemon and Wilt Chamberlain. Klotz' relationship with the Globetrotters spanned more than 60 years as player, coach and executive with the Generals and other foes.
"All of us at Villanova offer our condolences to Red's family," stated Villanova head coach Jay Wright. "Red led an amazing basketball life as an international ambassador for our game. The joy he brought to millions is a source of pride for the entire Villanova family."