Marques Haynes

Harlem Globetrotter

Widely regarded as the world’s finest ball handler during his 50-plus-year career in basketball spent with the Harlem Globetrotters and the Magicians, Marques Haynes enjoyed international fame as both a basketball entertainer and athlete. A native of Sand Springs, Oklahoma, Haynes basketball career began at Booker T. Washington High School in Sand Springs where he led the school to a high school national championship in 1941. He was also named Second Team Scholastic All-American that same season. Marques then starred at Langston University, where he was a four-time All-state, All-Conference and Team MVP selection. Haynes 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. He played in more than 12,000 games, traveled more than four million miles and entertained fans in 106 countries around the globe. Haynes has been elected into many Halls of Fame and was the first Globetrotter player elected into the Basketball Hall of Fame. This interview will trace the steps of Marques Haynes from a three-room house in Sand Springs to November 17, 2011 and his induction into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame.

Interview with Marques Haynes

Program Credits:
Marques Haynes — Interviewee
John Erling — Interviewer
Mel Myers — Announcer

Honest Media
Mel Myers — Audio Editor

Müllerhaus Legacy Website Team
Douglas Miller — Art Director
Mark DeMoss — Webmaster
Laura Hyde — Upload Coordinator
Anne Hall — Transcriptionist

Photo Credits: Photo of LaDonna and Herman Meinders courtesy of Allied Arts of OKC,

Date Created: December 28, 2011

Date Published: January 6, 2012

Notes: Recorded by John Erling in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Digital Audio Sound Recording, Non-Music.