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OKLAHOMA SPORTS HALL OF FAME



John Smith 

Induction Sponsored by the Oklahoma State University Department of Athletics and Dr. Sean F. Kelly

 

Neill Armstrong was a football All-American at Oklahoma State University (A&M), leading the nation in pass receptions in 1943 and 1946. He lettered in three different sports: football, 1943-1946; track, 1943-1946, and basketball, 1944. The first pick by the Philadelphia Eagles in the 1947 NFL Draft, Armstrong played on two National Football League championship teams in five seasons (1947-51) with the Eagles. He was a two-time All-Star in three years with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers (1951, 1953, and 1954) of the Canadian Football League. After his playing days were over, Armstrong had a successful coaching career in both the NFL and Canadian Football League.

Class of 1997 Inductees

Greg Pruitt

Induction Sponsored by the University of Oklahoma Department of Athletics

 

John Smith is the only American wrestler to win six world titles. He won the 1991 James E. Sullivan Award as America’s outstanding athlete. Smith was a three-time All American at Oklahoma State University and won back-to-back NCAA championships in 1987-1988. He finished his career at OSU with a 154-7-2 record. His six consecutive world titles, beginning with the World Freestyle in 1987, included gold medals at the 1988 and 1992 summer Olympics and three more World Freestyle championships in 1989, 1990 and 1991. He was the 1988 Amateur Wrestling News “Man of the Year” and USA Wrestling’s 1989 Athlete of the Year. In 1992, he became OSU’s seventh head wrestling coach.

Greg Pruitt made a name for himself while playing halfback at the University of Oklahoma. His 9.41 yards per rushing attempt in 1971 is an NCAA record. He earned consensus All-American honors in 1971 and 1972, and finished third in the Heisman Trophy voting in 1971 and second in 1972. Pruitt was drafted in the second round by the Cleveland Browns in the 1973 NFL Draft. He also played for the Los Angeles Raiders during his professional career.

Harry "The Cat" Brecheen was one of baseball's best left-handed pitchers in the 1940's and early 1950's. He became the first left-hander to record three wins in a World Series, doing so against the Red Sox in 1946. His career ERA of 2.92 and Winning Percentage of .589 are among the best in baseball for the past 75 years. After his playing days, he was known to be one of the best pitching coaches in all of baseball.

Harry Brecheen

Induction Sponsored by Ada Chamber of Commerce

 

OKLAHOMA SPORTS HALL OF FAME

John David Roberts was an interior lineman for the University of Oklahoma from 1950-1953. Roberts won the Outland Trophy and was the leading vote-getter among lineman on the Paul Williamson rating system All-American team. He played for the Hamilton Tiger Cats, Hamilton, Ontario under Carl Voyles, and captained the Quantico football team and made the all-service team while serving in the Marines. He coached at the college and professional level with the New Orleans Saints.

Neill Armstrong

Induction Sponsored by INTEGRIS Jim Thorpe Rehabilitation


J.D. Roberts

Induction Sponsored by the University of Oklahoma Department of Athletics