Chicago IL: December 2, 1940
(Savoy Ballroom) â€¦ A reorganized Savoy Big Five, directed by Abe Saperstein and led by player-manager Al Johnson, was scheduled to play every Monday night â€¦ A Globe Trotter contractee, Johnson was loaned to the Savoy Big Five â€“ but, for reasons unknown, was released later this same week and returned to the Rens to replace Tarzan Cooper, who resigned to work in a governmental defense plant in Philadelphia â€¦ Johnson eventually returned to the Trotters, playing with them against the Sphas the following March in Philadelphia â€¦ Cooper had played 1,300 games in 11 years with the Rens.
Springfield IL: December 15, 1940
(Armory) â€¦ Trotters vs Herb Schefflerâ€™s Central Illinois All-Stars (afternoon) â€¦ This probably is the second unit squad, featuring Duke Cumberland and Roosevelt Hudson, that plays also as the Savoy Big Five before going out to the Pacific Northwest in January.
December 25, 1940
(per December 26 letter from Saperstein to Inman Jackson) Detroit 41, Savoy Big Five 38 â€¦ â€œafter leading by five points with four minutes to go â€¦ Ford out with torn-up knee â€¦ Cumberland bothered by ankle â€¦ picked up Peyton in Toledo.â€
Clintonville WI: January 1, 1941
(HS Gym) â€¦ Trotters vs FWD Truckers â€¦ Advance billed are Roosevelt Hudson, Charley Young, Duke Cumberland, Bill Ford and Al Tucker â€¦ Next night, these guys work as the Savoy Big Five in Chicago
Chicago IL: January 2, 1941 (Thursday)
(Holy Trinity HS) â€¦ Savoy Big Five (Duke Cumberland, Bill Ford, Al Tucker, Charley Young, Roosevelt Hudson) vs. Polish National Alliance All-Stars â€¦ Savoy beat Chicago Nationals, 36-32, on Dec. 30 at the Savoy Ballroom, to run season record to 25 wins in 27 games â€¦ This team, intact, will be out in the west within a week, playing as a second unit of the Harlem Globe Trotters.
Deming NM: January 9, 1941
(Smith School Gym) â€¦ Trotters vs Deming Rexalls â€¦ Abe Sapersteinâ€™s name and story used in advance billing â€¦ This suggests that the second unit came west via a southerly route, before heading into the Pacific Northwest later in the month ... But -- advance ballyhoo could be a complete fabrication, too; it was often the case.
Longview WA: January 23, 1941
Trotters 49, Longview All-Stars 34 (latter team included Slim Wintermute, Laddie Gale, Kelso coach and ex-WSC star Lee Sonedeaker, Woodland coach and ex-U of Washington John Fuller) ... This was the Trotters' "first" team: Bernie Price, Babe Pressley, Hilary Brown, Agis Bray and Sonny Boswell ... Coach Inman Jackson and Strong were with the other squad, probably checking on business details -- and also as extras, given the injury situation.
Wenatchee WA: January 23, 1941
(Junior High Gym) â€¦ Trotters 54, Knights of Columbus 22 (Hudson 20, Strong DNP bad knee, Inman Jackson played sparingly with cold, Cumberland, Ford, Al Tucker, Young 18)
Anacortes WA: January 24, 1941
(HS Gym) â€¦ Trotters vs Anacortes Town Team ... This was likely the first team.
Yakima WA: January 24, 1941
Trotters 65, Amateur Avenue Clothiers 17 (Strong 17) â€¦ amid heavy snowfall.
Hoquiam WA: January 25, 1941
Trotters 44, Hoquiam All-Stars 30 (Boswell 20, Strong 6, Price 8, Brown, Pressley, Jackson 0, Agis Bray 8 ) â€¦ â€œAt one point, Louis Pressley took the leather melon and dribbled continuously for two minutes 37 seconds while the rest of the Harlem lads lay sprawled on the floor and the Stars tried futilely to grab the ball. Agis Bray pulled the same stunt for 1 minute 46 seconds a little later.â€ â€”Grays Harbor Washingtonian
Enumclaw WA: January 25, 1941
(HS Gym, att. 700 SRO) â€¦ Trotters 48, Enumclaw Merchants 25 (Hudson 14, Young 14, plus Cumberland, Peyton, Ford & Tucker) ... Tony Peyton's arrival fills out the second squad.
Portland OR: January 26, 1941
(Jefferson High Gym, att. 1,100) â€¦ Trotters 53, Signal Oil 50 (Boswell 17, Strong 11, Price 11, Pressley 4, Brown 6, Bray 3, Jackson 1) â€¦ â€œthe largest crowd ever to witness a basketball game in the Jeff gymâ€
Chinook WA: January 26, 1941 (Sunday)
(HS Gym) â€¦ Trotters vs Wirkkala Mechanics â€¦ Second unit team â€¦ Duke Cumberlandâ€™s picture used with advance story â€¦ adult tickets were 42 cents, students 27 cents and grade school kids 16 cents â€¦ Original plan had been to play at Ilwaco in the new high school gym, but it was not available on a Sunday, so the game was held in the Chinook gymnasium behind the school (still standing in 2005) â€¦ â€œIt is forecast by authentic sources that Peninsula basket ball fans are in for a real treat â€¦â€ â€“ Chinook Observer, Jan. 24, 1941 â€¦ admission is 42 cents for adults, 27 cents for students and 16 cents for grade-school kids â€¦ Trottersâ€™ second unit consists of Duke Cumberland, Bill Ford, Al Tucker, Charley Young, Roosevelt Hudson and Tony Peyton
Burlington WA: January 27, 1941 (Monday)
(HS Gym, att. 798) â€¦ Trotters 50, Wilson Brothers Town Team 17 â€¦ The attendance figure, said to be all paid, represented the biggest crowd in Burlington history â€¦ Another of the â€œHI, RASTUS!â€ ads preceded them into town, appearing in the Friday, Jan. 24, 1941 issue of the Burlington Tribune, and including the slogan, â€œImitated, but never equalledâ€ â€¦ game was a benefit for the high school athletic fund â€¦ this would have been the second unit
Forest Grove OR: January 27, 1941 (afternoon)
Trotters 46, Pacific University 30 (Strong 11, plus Boswell, Price, Brown, Pressley, Bray and Jackson) â€¦ Trotters led, 26-8, at the half
Salem OR: January 27, 1941 (evening)
Trotters 50, Willamette University 41 (Pressley 18, Boswell 6, Cumberland 6, Price 8, Ford 4, Tucker
â€¦ Trotters led, 31-18, at intermission â€¦ said to be the Trottersâ€™ 55th straight win, without a single loss
Pendleton OR: January 28, 1941
(Junior High Gym, att. 1,080) â€¦ Trotters 42, Domestic Laundry 22 (Boswell 14, Strong 10, Bray 6, Price 6, Pressley 4, Jackson 2, Brown 0) â€¦ Saperstein to local paper: â€œNow that weâ€™re world champions, weâ€™re not going to pass up our annual visits to those places where we feel we are at homeâ€ â€¦ Excerpts from East Oregonian, Jan. 29, 1941: â€œDuring the halftime intermission, after a short rest, the Trotters tried some almost impossible basket shots and one or two of them found the rim, to bring applause.â€ â€¦ â€œLate in the third quarter when Jerry Carney of the Laundrys and one of the Trotters failed to go up together for a jump ball, referee Everett Austin tried it again. Still both failed to leap (they took turns standing on each otherâ€™s feet!) and so Austin, deciding something should be done about it, snatched the ball and plunked it through the basket from behind the foul line for a beautiful goal.â€ â€¦ In the fourth quarter â€œthere was a generous display of basketball legerdemain, tricky or funny dribbling, football formations, a bit of baseball â€“ and more fun for all than a barrel of monkeys.â€
Klamath Falls OR: January 29, 1941
(Armory) â€¦ Trotters 50, House of David 25 (Hudson 32, Young 12) â€¦ this is a newly formed â€œsecondâ€ unit â€¦ Trotters led, 38-9, at the half, with Hudson hitting 12 of 20 from the field â€¦ Trotters picked up David pivot Wayne Payton, who had just missed three tip-in attempts, and held him up close to the net, from where â€“ â€œwith an embarrassed look on his faceâ€ â€“ he dropped the ball through the net. â€œIn another instance the classy colored cassabaists stood stockstill while an opponent dribbled in for a basket unmolested.â€
Within a week, the first unit was making its way back east, through Ogden UT, Casper WY and Davenport IA, while the second unit stayed for more games in the Pacific Northwest, before returning, in mid-February, on a more northerly route, through Montana, South Dakota and Minnesota.