Induction Sponsored by Flint Industries
Induction Sponsored by the Jim Thorpe Association
Bud Wilkinson created a football empire at the University of Oklahoma (OU). Under his leadership, the Sooners won 14 conference championships, seven of nine bowl games and three national titles. Wilkinson had a career record of 145-29-4 over the span of 17 seasons at Oklahoma. He won 31 straight games from 1948-1950 and 47 consecutive games from 1953-1957, and Oklahoma finished in the top ten of the Associated Press Poll 11 consecutive years under Wilkinson. He left OU following the 1963 season, but returned to coaching as Head Coach of the NFL St. Louis Cardinals in 1978. Bud Wilkinson retired from coaching the following year.
Induction Sponsored by Dr. David Cheatham & Dr. G.W. Schoenhals
Mickey Mantle came out of Commerce, Oklahoma, and went on to become one of the greatest switch hitters in Major League Baseball history. After graduating from high school in 1949, the “Commerce Comet” signed with the New York Yankees and went on to play eighteen years with the club. Mantle hit 536 home runs over the span of this career. He hit a record eighteen home runs in World Series games, and still holds the series record for runs batted in (40), runs (42), walks (43), extra base hits (26) and total bases (123). Mantle was a three-time MVP during his 1951-1968 career and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1974.
Henry Iba began his basketball coaching career at Classen High School in Oklahoma City, and posted a 51-5 record. He then went to Northwest Missouri Teachers College in Maryville, Missouri, and had a four-year record of 101-14. He coached one year at the University of Colorado before landing at Oklahoma State University in 1935. He led Oklahoma State to two national championships and numerous league titles. Iba won 767 college basketball games in his career and Olympic gold medals in 1964 and 1968. He was named National Coach of the Year twice and is a member of the Missouri Hall of Fame, Oklahoma Heritage, Oklahoma Sports Halls of Fame and the National Basketball Hall of Fame.
OKLAHOMA SPORTS HALL OF FAME
Induction Sponsored by Oklahoma State University Posse Club
Allie P. Reynolds
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Carl Hubbell, the New York Giants screwball-throwing left hander from Meeker, Oklahoma, had a brilliant 16-year (1928-1943) professional baseball career. Hubbell won 253 games, and led the National League in ERA three times, in wins three times, winning percentage twice, and with ten shutouts in 1933. He pitched 3,589 innings, registered 1,678 strikeouts and had a 2.98 ERA during his career. The nine-time All-Star won 21 or more games five years in a row, and was the first National League player to have his number retired. He was selected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1947.
Jim Thorpe began his athletic career at Carlisle Indian Industrial School in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. He competed in numerous sports and earned football All-American honors in 1911 and 1912. Thorpe led Carlisle to the National College Football Championship in 1912. The Native American from Oklahoma gained international fame when he won both the decathlon and pentathlon in the 1912 Olympics. A member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Thorpe is known simply as “The Legend." He also played professional baseball finishing his career with a .252 average over 289 games and toured with a professional basketball team called the “World Famous Indians."
Inaugural Class of 1986 Inductees
While playing for the Cleveland Indians, Allie Reynolds became one of the best strike out pitchers in the Major Leagues. Traded to the New York Yankees in 1946, the “Superchief” finished the 1947 season with the league’s highest winning percentage and a World Series championship. He won 16 games in 1948 and 17 in 1949, and was a key factor in the Yankees six world championships in 1947 and 1949-1953. His combined seven wins and four saves are still a World Series record over 50 years later. In 1951, he threw two no-hitters and the New York chapter of the Baseball Writers Association named him the “Player of the Year." He also received the Hickock Award as the “Professional Athlete of the Year."
C.B. "Bud" Wilkinson
Induction Sponsored by the University of Oklahoma "O" Club