Oklahoma City, OK 73105
For Immediate Release:
February 27, 2008
Sen. Eason McIntyre introduces Marques Haynes on Senate floor.
Marques Haynes addresses State Senate alongside Sen. Eason McIntyre
and Rep. Shelton.
Senate Honors Basketball Legend and Native Oklahoman Marques
The State Senate on Wednesday honored former Harlem Globetrotter
and Oklahoma native Marques Haynes with the passage of Senate Concurrent
Resolution 54, praising Haynes for his achievements and designating
February 27, 2008, as Marques Haynes appreciation day in the state
Haynes graduated from Booker T. Washington High School in Sand Springs
in 1942, after leading his team to two state championship victories.
He would then go on to star for Langston University where he was
a four-time all-state and all-conference selection. After receiving
his bachelor degree in industrial education in 1946, he then embarked
on a 51-year professional basketball career that would see him compete
and perform all over the world.
Haynes credited his education at Langston University for not only
his professional success, but the success throughout his life.
“Without Langston and the state of Oklahoma, of course, I
doubt that there would have been any possibility at all for me to
have achieved those things I achieved during my professional career,”
Haynes said. “When I was first offered the contract with the
Globetrotters, I looked at it this way I could play basketball as
long as I wanted to probably without getting fired or hurt or whatever
but there was always that possibility that someone could take that
ball away from me, but there was one thing they couldn’t have
possibly ever taken away from me and that was my education at Langston
Sen. Judy Eason-McIntyre, author of SCR 54, said Haynes' on-court
exploits and off-court leadership were instrumental in bringing
about the integration of professional basketball and eventually
all American professional sports.
"Marques Haynes has long been known as the world's greatest
dribbler and his athletic skills have made him a household name
for basketball fans all over the world," said Eason-McIntyre,
D-Tulsa. "However, it was his leadership skills and social
conscience that helped bring about the integration of professional
basketball in America, and for this we owe him a tremendous debt
In 1948, Haynes led the Harlem Globetrotters to a 61-59 victory
over the Minnesota Lakers in a contest that would later be regarded
as the game that perhaps had the greatest impact in integrating
American professional basketball. Haynes also served as President
of the player's union for the Harlem Globetrotters. During his collegiate
career, Haynes once led the Langston Lions to a victory over the
visiting Globetrotters. He then declined a contract offer from the
professional club, choosing instead to complete his university education.
Haynes was the first Globetrotter to be inducted into the Basketball
Hall of Fame and the New York All Sports Hall of Fame.
"Marcus is one of the world's greatest basketball players and
he casts a shadow over the game eclipsed by few to have ever stepped
on a court," Eason-McIntyre said. "His career story is
a testament to selflessness, dedication and all the qualities needed
to achieve greatness in any field. Marques is a great Oklahoman,
and we take tremendous pride in his achievements."
Haynes is also a member of the Langston University Hall of Fame,
the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame and the Jim Thorpe Hall of Fame.
His career saw him play in over 12,000 professional games, scoring
more than 250,000 points. Throughout his career, he traveled more
than 4 million miles, played in all 50 states and approximately
100 countries on six continents.
For more information contact:
Senator Eason McIntyre's Office: (405) 521-5598