Friday, May 22, 2015

SPRINGFIELD, MASS. – The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame celebrates the life and mourns the passing of legendary Harlem Globetrotter Marques Haynes. 

“The Basketball Hall of Fame joins the basketball community in grieving the passing of Marques Haynes, a man who played the game he loved for nearly fifty years,” said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame.  “As a premier ball handler and showman, he captured the hearts of many during his time with the Harlem Globetrotters.” 

Marques Haynes was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1998. He played for Langston University from 1942-46 and was recognized for his tremendous ability to dribble the basketball through various defenses. Haynes joined the Harlem Globetrotters in 1947 and remained with the team until 1953. In this 46-year professional career, he also played for the Harlem Magicians, Harlem Wizards and Meadowlark Lemon's Bucketeers. In 1974, Haynes rejoined the Globetrotters as a player-coach and was featured on the Saturday morning variety show, Harlem Globetrotters Popcorn Machine. 

About the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame: Located in Springfield, Massachusetts, the city where basketball was invented, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame promotes and preserves the game of basketball at every level – professional, collegiate and high school, for both men and women on the global stage.