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Lyndall “Lindy” McDaniel pitched for the University of Oklahoma for one year before signing a $50,000 contract with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1955. McDaniel began his professional career as a starting pitcher, and in 1959 he was moved to the bullpen. As a closer he led the National League (NL) in saves in 1959 (15), 1960 (26) and 1963 (22). He was named NL Reliever of the Year twice in 1960 and 1963, and was an all-star selection in 1960. McDaniel played a total of 21 years in the major leagues.

Jack " Indian Jack" Jacobs 

Induction Sponsored by the University of Oklahoma Department of Athletics

Class of 2002 Inductees

Jacobs played for the University of Oklahoma as a quarterback, defensive back, tailback and halfback from 1939-1941. He also set a record for punting average per season (47.8 yards) at OU. In all, he played 22 years in high school, college and pro-ball without missing a season. In 1963, he was enshrined in the Canadian Football Hall of Fame and later in the American Indian Athletic Hall of Fame. In 1940, he was selected to play in the Shrine game and was a College All-Star. 

Mike Holder

Induction Sponsored by Oklahoma State University Department of Athletics


Wayman Tisdale

Induction Sponsored by the University of Oklahoma Department of Athletics


Art Griffith

Induction Sponsored by Amateur Wrestling News, USA Wrestling, National Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum and Oklahoma State University Wrestling

Shannon Miller

Induction Sponsored by David Holden, M.D.

Shannon Miller won more Olympic and World Championship medals than any other male or female gymnast in U.S. history. She won five medals at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, Spain more than any other U.S. athlete at the 1992 games. Four years later at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia, Miller lead the U.S. women to its first team gold medal and earned an individual gold on the balance beam. Miller earned seven Olympic medals, eight World Championship medals, and won an astounding fifty-eight International and forty-nine National competition medals.

Lindy McDaniel

Induction Sponsored by the University of Oklahoma Department of Athletics


Art Griffith's coaching career spanned two great dynasties, first for 15 years at Central High School in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and then for 13 seasons at Oklahoma State University. He took over the wrestling program at Oklahoma State in 1941 and amassed eight NCAA championships. His teams produced 78 victories against seven losses and four ties, and 10 times went undefeated. His wrestlers won 27 individual NCAA titles. Griffith coached the U.S. Olympic wrestling team in 1948.

Wayman Tisdale was a three time consensus basketball All-American, and a three time Big Eight Conference player of the year at the University of Oklahoma. He also was named Big Eight tournament MVP twice. Tisdale became the tenth player in NCAA history to record 2,000 career points and 1,000 rebounds. He set the OU single-season scoring record with 932 points in 1984-1985. Tisdale played twelve seasons in the NBA with the Indiana Pacers, Sacramento Kings and Phoenix Suns, and averaged 15.3 points per game over his career.

Mike Holder won a total of eight team national championship titles during his thirty-two years as head golf coach at Oklahoma State University. He coached more than 110 All-Americans, including 38 first-team selections. Holder is one of five coaches in NCAA history to win a national championship in four different decades His vision and fundraising abilities resulted in the creation of Karsten Creek golf course, selected as the Best New Public course in 1994 by Golf Digest. Holder was named Vice President for Athletic Programs and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics at OSU on September 16, 2005.