Former Greyhound Larry “Gator” Rivers Dies At 73

Former Moberly Greyhound, 1973 All-American for Missouri Western, and Harlem Globetrotter player and coach Larry “Gator” Rivers died Saturday morning. Rivers was with the Harlem Globetrotters for 16 years. Rivers played with the Greyhounds in 1969 to 1971, and was inducted in to the Greyhounds Hall of Fame in 2007. Back in his hometown of Savannah, Georgia, Rivers was elected to the Chatham County, Board of Commissioners in 2020, and had served on the commission until his death. In a statement on social media, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp said –quote– “As a hometown basketball legend who went from the Alfred E. Beach High School Hall of Fame to the Harlem Globetrotters, he led a life of accomplishment and chose to spend much of that life serving the people of his community.” –end quote– The Savannah Morning News reports Rivers had died at the hospital, following a battle with cancer. Rivers was 73.

(An earlier version incorrectly listed Rivers age as 74. We apologize for the error.)