“The recent passing of former Harlem Globetrotter star Marques Haynes in Plano at age 89 brought back fond memories for former Wayland Flying Queens coach Harley Redin and several of his former players.
The Queens and Globetrotters were staying at the Noel hotel in downtown Nashville in 1956 when a snowstorm delayed their travels. The queens were in town to play archrival Nashville Business College and the Globetrotters for one of their famed exhibition matches.
The Globetrotters were practicing in the hotel’s ballroom when Redin, the team’s first-year coach, happened by and visited with Haynes, whom he had seen play previously.
Haynes was dubbed the world’s greatest dribbler by press agents – as well as professional basketball players who were astonished and often embarrassed by his remarkable talent. He was one of the top players of the Globetrotters in the 1940s and early 1950s, when the barnstorming team was the most popular basketball attraction in the world.
“Watching them do their tricks at the hotel made me think that was something the Queens could do and they kind of jumped at the chance to help us. Several of the Globetrotters and our traveling Squad practiced for a couple of days,” Redin recalled.