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Marques O. Haynes

Enshrined 1998
Sand Springs, OK
Born: October 3, 1926

Biography

During most of his 40-plus-year career, Marques Haynes, one of the world's finest ballhandlers, flashed his style on court with both the Harlem Globetrotters (from 1947-53 and 1972-79) and the Magicians (from 1953-72 and 1983-92). Haynes started as a collegiate star at Langston University (1942-46) where he was a four-time All-State, All-Conference, and team MVP selection. He led Langston in scoring all four years and led the University to a 112-3 record, a mark that included a 59-game winning streak. With the Globetrotters and the Magicians, Haynes became an internationally famous athlete and basketball entertainer. Haynes played in more than 12,000 games, traveled more than four million miles, and captivated fans in 97 countries around the globe. His dribbling style confused and confounded opponents and became one of the Globetrotters' most potent offensive weapons.

Career Highlights

First Harlem Globetrotter player enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame
Played before 75,000 fans in Berlin, Germany (1950), the largest basketball crowd in history
The Haynes-led Globetrotters defeated the George Mikan-led Minneapolis Lakers in both 1948 and 1949
Enshrined in five other Halls of Fame: NAIA (1985), Oklahoma (1990), East Hartford (CT) Hall (1992), Jim Thorpe (1993), and Langston University (1995)