Losing becomes Winning

“Often out of periods of losing come the greatest strivings toward a new winning streak.” Fred Rogers

This seems to stand true for me. The first thing that comes to mind for me is sports. I have played many sports, coached sports, and watched sports. The desire to push yourself, others or just cheer for your winning team is what we all desire. We all like feeling like a winners. Sometimes like Fred said is it takes a series of losses to really figure out what you are doing and how to fix it. One of the greatest examples I can think of in terms of losing but winning in the end is Louis β€œRed” Klotz.

Louis “Red” Klotz, an outstanding basketball player and scorer at South Philadelphia High School. He led the school team to city basketball championships in 1939 and 1940, both times earning Philadelphia Player of the Year honors. After attending Villanova University and serving in World War II, Klotz played one season for the Baltimore Bullets, getting into 11 games and scoring 15 points. He also played in six playoff games, scoring six points. At 5′ 7″, he is the third shortest person to play in an NBA game.

Klotz is probably best known for the most losses as a coach in basketball. As coach/player/owner of the Washington Generals, the perennial opponents of the Harlem Globetrotters for many years, Klotz boasts to losing more than 13,000 games during his coaching career. He has played the Trotters in front of four popes and queens, kings and princes, lost on an aircraft carrier, lost in a leper colony and lost in 113 countries and 1,341 towns throughout the United States. With that kind of record you might ask where is the where is the winning streak?

He has coached thousands of basketball clinics around the globe and has influenced and helped introduce the sport to millions of people throughout the world. His face and basketball style are known to millions of fans who have seen him play on basketball courts in arenas, prisons, bull rings, soccer fields or almost any flat surface.

Red Klotz is a legend in the field of sports entertainment. And anyone throughout the world who has ever come in contact with him knows that Louis “Red” Klotz is anything but a loser. Klotz was inducted into the Philadelphia Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 2001. He became the first non-Globetrotter to receive the Globetrotter’s “Legend” award on March 10th, 2007.

At the end of the day Klotz winning streak never happened on the basketball court or scoreboard, but happened in the hearts of millions who have come to love the game through his losing efforts. I love what Klotz said about losing.

“Failure is bad if you lose a war, but losing in a sport is not a tragedy. As long as you’ve given it your all, you just muddle through and continue to try to win. There’s always a chance. If not today, tomorrow. If not tomorrow, the next day, the next week, the next month, the next year…. Everybody loses. We just lose more……..Everybody wins sometime. It’s just taking my team a little longer than most.”

Fred and Louis, both have the same message at heart. No matter what happens don’t give up and you will win in the end.

3 Responses to Losing becomes Winning

  1. jason says:

    Obviously Red was a winner (just look at those shorts). Losing just happened to be his job with the Globetrotters. Just goes to show that losing and failing are not always the same thing.

  2. Chelsea says:

    Maybe you should read this to your lax team . . . . although it may not make that much of an impact!
    Doesn’t it all come down to enduring to the end? Sometimes there is more joy and less endurance and sometimes it is the other way around, but as long as we all make it in the end, does it really matter how we got there?

  3. Andi Sherwood says:

    There must be opposition in all things. If we didn’t loose sometime, how could we truly understand and appreciate winning.


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