of Oklahoma sports lives here.

Curt Gowdy’s first job was as an unpaid assistant to Frank Thomas, who did play-by-play broadcasting of local high school football games. From this start, grew one of the finest broadcasting careers in sports. Gowdy has been inducted into four Sports Halls of Fame: The American Sportscasters Hall of Fame in 1985; the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1984; the Sports Writers and Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 1981; and the International Fishing Hall of Fame in 1981. He won the Peabody Award for outstanding journalistic achievement, and six Emmy Awards for ABC's American Sportsman. In 1990, Gowdy received the first Museum of Broadcasting Hall of Fame Award for outstanding achievements and contributions to the field of broadcasting. He received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 1992 Sports Emmy Award shows.

Class of 1992 Inductees

Hollis, Oklahoma, native Darrell Royal was an All-American quarterback, defensive back and punter at the University of Oklahoma. He still holds the school records for career interceptions (18) and the longest punt return (96 yards). Royal also quarterbacked OU’s first 11-0 team. He later became a University of Texas legend, coaching the Longhorns for 20 seasons without a losing record. His teams made 16 bowl appearances with a record of eight wins, seven losses and one tie. They earned three national titles and six consecutive conference titles between 1968 and 1973. Royal was named National Coach of the Year twice, and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1983.

Curt Gowdy

Induction Sponsored by John Madden, AT&T

Lee Roy Selmon anchored one of the best defenses in Sooner history, and was part of the University of Oklahoma’s 1974 and 1975 national championship teams. He won the 1975 Lombardi Award and the Outland Trophy and was a consensus All-American in 1974 and 1975.  Other college honors included National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete and Academic All-American. Selmon was the first pick of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1976, and played nine years in the NFL. Selmon finished his professional career with 742 tackles and 78.5 sacks. He was a perennial contender for the NFL Man of the Year and Byron “Whizzer” White Award for humanitarian service and was All-Pro in 1979, 1980, 1982 and 1984.

Paul Hansen was a teacher and basketball coach for more than 40 years. He was the Head Coach at Oklahoma City University (OCU) from 1974-1979, after serving as Abe Lemon's assistant for 18 years. After his stay at OCU, Hansen coached at Oklahoma State University from 1980-1986. In his second season in 1981, he was named the Big Eight Conference Coach of the Year. Hansen became the Head Coach at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma in Chickasha, Oklahoma, in 1987. He is remembered as much for his teaching as for his coaching and for his character, integrity and positive influence on all who knew him.


John "Pepper" Martin

Induction Sponsored by John Madden, AT&T


Born in Temple, Oklahoma, Leonard Roosevelt “Pepper” Martin played thirteen years for the St. Louis Cardinals. During his rookie year in the majors, Martin led the Cardinals to a World Series victory over the Philadelphia Athletics. He hit .500 for the series, scored five runs, had five RBIs and five stolen bases. Martin had another great performance in the 1934 World Series. He hit .355, had eight runs scored, three RBIs and two stolen bases. He finished his career with a .298 batting average, 1,227 hits, 756 runs scored, 501 RBIs and 146 stolen bases. During the off seasons, Martin played professional football for the Hominy Indians in Oklahoma’s Osage county, where he earned a second nickname, “The Wild Horse of the Osage."

Darrell Royal 

Induction Sponsored by Family and Friends of Darrell Royal


Paul Hansen

Induction Sponsored by Family and Friends of Paul Hansen



Lee Roy Selmon

Induction Sponsored by Family and Friends of Lee Roy Selmon