As the Harlem Globetrotters took notice of Langston University standout Marques Haynes in 1946, hoops collectors are certain to be similarly impressed with this Kansas City Stars jacket worn by the ball handler extraordinaire just prior to his tenure (1947-1953) with the Globetrotters. His hardwood wizardry apparent at Langston, Haynes led his club to an aggregate 112-3 mark and a victory over the touring Globetrotters. Immediately, the Globetrotters recruited the 6-foot guard and signed him to their Kansas City Stars affiliate. There, Haynes donned this gold-colored satin-like zippered jacket. As loud as Haynes’ hoops antics, this vintage apparel item features stretch ribbed cotton panels lining the shoulders. Additionally, the waistline and sleeve endings are lined with stretch ribbed cotton panels with colorful striped patterns. Sewn to the back of the collar, a 16x13 hood-like flap features “KANSAS CITY STARS” in black twill block-style characters with four red twill five-point stars and red-and-black trim accenting the display. There are two front pockets and the collar’s interior is home to a partially frayed “Wilson” label. Solid wear is evident on this all-original garment from the earliest days of hoops showmanship.
In the realm of both Negro League basketball keepsakes and Kansas City Stars memorabilia, this is the lone example we have ever seen. That detail, combined with the item's stellar preservation, make this a priceless hardwood artifact.