Bob Karstens was the first white player to be signed by the Harlem Globetrotters. In 1942, when Goose Tatum, the Trotters star performer, was drafted into the Army, Karstens was signed as his replacement. He helped create many of the Trotters most famous gags including the “Magic Circle” pregame routine, the “yo yo” basketball and the behind the back trick shot. After two seasons on the Globetrotters’ roster, Karstens remained with the organization for another decade as a player and manager of opposition teams.


BOB KARSTENS Height: 6:03 Weight: 180 College: None
Robert Harry Karstens Born: Mar 11, 1915      Died:   Dec 31, 2004 Hometown: Davenport, Ia.
Brother of Ken Karstens REGULAR SESON RECORD
Year Team League     GA  FGM  FTM   FTA  PCT.  AST  PTS   AVG
1937-38 Eldridge (Ia)  Merchants Indep
1938-39 Davenport Rockets Indep
1939-40 Davenport Rockets Indep
1939-40 House of David Indep
1940-41 Davenport Rockets Indep
1940-41 House of David Indep
1941-42 Davenport Rockets Indep
1942-43 Harlem Globetrotters Indep
1943-44 Harlem Globetrotters Indep
1944-45 House of David Indep
1945-46 House of David Indep
1946-47 House of David Indep
1946-47 Kansas City Stars Indep
1947-48 New York Celtics Indep
1948-49 New York Nationals Indep
1949-50 Boston Whirlwinds Indep
1950-51 Boston Whirlwinds Indep
1951-52 Boston Whirlwinds Indep
1952-53 Boston Whirlwinds Indep
1953-54 Boston Whirlwinds Indep
Year Team League     GA  FGM  FTM   FTA  PCT.  AST  PTS   AVG
1941-42 Davenport Rockets WBT 1 4 1 3 .333 9 9.0
Major League Totals 1 4 1 3 .333 9 9.0
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