OKLAHOMA SPORTS HALL OF FAME
Induction Sponsored by Oklahoma State University
Bob Kurland was basketball’s first true big man when he joined the Oklahoma State University (Oklahoma A & M) basketball team in 1942. He played for Henry Iba and led the Aggies to two national championships. He helped the Aggies compile a 99-22 record during his college career and set several collegiate scoring records. He remains the only three-time OSU Basketball All-American and earned Olympic gold medals in 1948 and 1952. Kurland had a chance to join the NBA, then in its early years, but he opted out to play with the
Induction Sponsored by Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club
Harold Keith was the first sports publicist at the University of Oklahoma, serving from 1930 to 1969. Keith used his experience on the Hutchinson, Kansas News to put together the Sooner Football Program for each home game. In addition, he began composing a weekly sports newsletter. Some of his honors include: the Helms Foundation Sports Publicist of the Year in 1950; President of College Sports Information Directors of America in 1964-65; member of the NCAA Public Relations Committee from 1957 until his retirement; and recipient of the University of Oklahoma's Distinguished Service Citation in 1987.
Charles Coe is considered to be one of the greatest amateur golfers in history. Born in Ardmore, Oklahoma, Coe was the U.S. Amateur champion in 1949, 1958 and runner-up to Jack Nicklaus in 1959. He also won the Western Amateur in 1950 and won four Trans-Mississippi Amateurs (1947, 1949, 1952 and 1956). During his career, he was on seven Walker Cup teams between 1949 -1963, and in 1957 as non-playing captain. Coe made nineteen Masters appearances, and holds the record for the best finish by an amateur (finishing second in 1961), tied with Arnold Palmer. In 1964, he received the Bob Jones Award in recognition of distinguished sportsmanship in golf.
Induction Sponsored by the University of Oklahoma "O" Club
Class of 1987 Inductees