Class of 1996 Inductees
OKLAHOMA SPORTS HALL OF FAME
Bart Conner was the first American to win gold medals at every level of national and international competition. He won the 1972 U.S. Junior National Championship (AAU). In 1975, he became the youngest gymnast to win the U.S. Gymnastics Federation All-Around championship and in 1976, was the youngest member of the U.S. Olympic team. During his time at the University of Oklahoma, Conner dominated U.S. gymnastics, winning several national titles. He won two gold medals at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles and is a member of the International Gymnast and U.S. Olympics Halls of Fame.
Induction Sponsored by The Daily Oklahoman and The Sunday Oklahoman
Induction Sponsored by INTEGRIS Jim Thorpe Rehabilitation
Induction Sponsored by Oklahoma City Golf Commission and Oklahoma City Public Golf Courses
Volney Meece, a native of Tonkawa, Oklahoma, joined the Oklahoman and Times sports department in 1950, serving as a sports columnist from 1952 until his retirement in 1991. He was Sports Writer of the Year in 1962, received the College Sports Information Directors Association “Jake Wade Award” in 1974 for contributions to college athletics and, in 1990, won the “Contributor to Amateur Football Award” from the Oklahoma chapter of the National Football foundation. He was President of the Football Writers Association of America in 1971, and served as that organization’s executive director from 1973 until his death in 1995.
Induction Sponsored by the Oklahoma State University Department of Athletics
Urban Clarence Ferguson Jr. began working at Lincoln Park Golf Course in Oklahoma City as a caddie in 1928, and left as its head pro 61 years later. He was the father of Oklahoma City's junior golf program, and was instrumental in helping start Oklahoma City University's golf program. He held several PGA offices and was honored by the Professional Golfers of America. The winner's trophy for The Greens Junior Invitational golf tournament was named in his honor. The U.C. Ferguson/All College Classic, featuring some of the top small-college golf teams, also bears his name.
Eddie Sutton was part of the 1958 Oklahoma State University (A&M) team that advanced to the NCAA tournament before becoming a basketball coach at Tulsa Central High School. His college coaching career began in 1967 at Southern Idaho, followed by a move to Creighton in 1969, Arkansas in 1974, Kentucky in 1985, and Oklahoma State in 1990. He was the first coach to take four teams to the NCAA tournament (Creighton, Arkansas, Kentucky and OSU), and has the rare distinction of taking two teams to the Final Four (Arkansas and Oklahoma State). He was named the Associated Press National Coach of the Year in 1978 and 1986, and led OSU to postseason play 14 times in his 17 seasons, including 13 NCAA tournaments and two Final Fours.