March 08, 2012

By Graydon Gordian

The History of Hoops on Sesame Street

It’s March, which means the country is about to come down with a serious case of basketball fever and here at Sesame Workshop, we’re not immune. Since the show’s second season, basketball players have stopped by Sesame Street to shoot hoops on the basket next to Hooper’s store and instill in young children a love of learning. In anticipation of March Madness, Sesame Workshop archivist Susan Tofte dug up photos of some of the basketball players who’ve hung out with Big Bird, Oscar and the rest of the gang over the years.


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When Mike Riordan, Dick Barnett and Walt Frazier of the 1970 New York Knicks appeared on season 2 of Sesame Street, they were the first basketball players to come on the show.

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