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Harlem Globetrotter Legend and Oklahoma Native Marques Haynes Dies at 89

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One of the greatest ballhandlers in the history of basketball, Oklahoma native Marques Haynes died on Friday, May 22, at the age of 89.

Haynes was a member of the famed Harlem Globetrotters and became famous for his dribbling ability, which would baffle opponents and entertain fans for decades.

Haynes was born in Sand Springs, and attended Langston University in the 1940’s.

It was a member of the Langston Lions when Haynes first drew attention from the Globetrotters.

Langston played an exhibition game against the Globetrotters, and Haynes led the Lions to a 4-point win over the famous team.

Haynes was invited to join the Globetrotters, and he went on to a 46-year pro career as the best dribbler in the world, influencing countless future stars such as Bob Cousy, Pete Maravich, and future Globetrotter dribbling wizard Curly Neal.

Haynes later played for a similar team, the Harlem Magicians.

Haynes was inducted into the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame in 1993, and inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1998.

Haynes’ daughter Marsha married former Tulsa University and Dallas Cowboys star Drew Pearson.

Haynes lived his final years in the Dallas area.