Lloyd Waner

Induction Sponsored by John Madden, AT&T

 

Paul Glee “Big Poison” Waner came out of Harrah, Oklahoma, to become one of the greatest hitting outfielders in major league history. During his rookie season with the Pittsburgh Pirates, he hit 22 triples and batted .336, while playing right field with only eight errors. The following year, he helped lead the Pirates to the National League pennant with a .380 batting average, 237 hits and 131 RBIs. Waner finished his 20-year major league career with a .333 batting average, 3,152 hits, and ranks in the top ten all-time players in career doubles (603) and triples (190). He also scored 1,626 runs, walked 1,091 times and only struck out 376 times with 9,459 career at bats. Paul Waner was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1952.

Tommy McDonald

Induction Sponsored by Brothers of Sigma Nu

 

Susie Maxwell Berning joined the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) in 1964, and earned the title "Rookie of the Year." She collected tour wins at the Muskogee Citivtan (1965), Louise Sugga Invitational (1967), U.S. Open (1968), Lady Carling and Pabst Classic (1969) and the Lady Keystone Open in 1976. Berning is one of three women to win the U.S. Open three times and one of four women to have recorded consecutive Open victories (1972, 1973). She was inducted into the Oklahoma City University Sports Hall of Fame in 1982 and the National Golf Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1986.

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All-American running back Tommy McDonald led the University of Oklahoma to two National Championships in 1955 and 1956. During his time at OU, McDonald never played in a losing game. He won the Maxwell Award in 1956 for Best Collegiate Player, and set an NCAA record for scoring touchdowns in 20 of 21 games as a Sooner. McDonald was the Heisman Trophy runner up in 1956 and a consensus All-American in 1955 and 1956. He spent twelve years in the NFL, and was selected to six Pro Bowls.

Steve Owens shattered 13 school records, nine Big Eight records and seven NCAA marks while playing football at the University of Oklahoma. He held a three-year OU career rushing record with 3,867 yards, as well as, the most points in a year and most points in a career. He set the NCAA career record for rushing attempts with 905, and his 56 career touchdowns were also an NCAA record. He was a consensus All-American and Big Eight Back of the Year in 1968 and 1969, and was also named All Big Eight Conference from 1967-1969. In 1969, Owens became the second Sooner to win the Heisman Trophy. He was the Detroit Lion’s number one pick in the 1970 NFL draft, and was the first Lion to rush for over 1,000 yards.

Class of 1991 Inductees

Susie Maxwell Berning

Induction Sponsored by Roger, Bill and Jerry Maxwell


Lloyd James “Little Poison” Waner was an outfielder for the Pittsburgh Pirates. During his rookie year in 1927, he hit .355, scored a league-high 133 runs, and had 223 hits, which remains a major league rookie record. He also set, and still holds, the modern National League season record of 198 singles to help the Pirates win the 1927 National League pennant.  He led the league in hits in 1931 with 214 and in singles in 1927, 1928, 1929 and 1931, setting another modern league record. Waner had a career batting average of .316, with 2,459 hits, 1,201 runs and 598 runs batted in. Striking out only 173 times in 19 major league seasons, Waner ranks as one of the best lead-off hitters of all time. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1967.

OKLAHOMA SPORTS HALL OF FAME



OKLAHOMA SPORTS HALL OF FAME

Paul Waner

Induction Sponsored by John Madden, AT&T

 

Steve Owens

Induction Sponsored by Family and Friends of Steve Owens