Famous People from Midland County Texas
Born March 3, 1922, Tony Peyton, the last surviving
member of the original Harlem Globetrotters basketball
team lived 13 years in Lubbock Texas before moving to
Midland to be near his sons, Tyler and Terrance for the last six years of his life.
Shortly after graduating from Scott
High School in Toledo, Ohio, Tony was asked to join the Harlem
Globetrotters. This was long before the team became known primarily
for its comical antics. In the early 1940s, the Globetrotters played
and defeated many of the country's top professional basketball teams. His basketball success would now be considered unusual in that
he was only six feet tall.
Tony also played briefly for the Chicago Studebaker Flyers later
known as Chicago Studebaker Champions, a former professional team in
the National Basketball League. As a part of the Studebaker
Champions, He was a member of the first professional basketball team
that included both black and white players. He retired from
basketball in 1956.
After his basketball career, Tony worked for twenty-eight years in
the beverage industry.
In 1988, Peyton moved to Lubbock, Texas, where he was active in
youth basketball. He was a High Priest in The Church of Jesus Christ
of Latter-day Saints. In 2001, he moved to Midland, Texas. The last
member of the original Harlem Globetrotters Tony Peyton died at the age of 86,
in Midland, Texas July 23, 2007.