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OKLAHOMA SPORTS HALL OF FAME



Tony Casillas was a consensus first team All-American for the Oklahoma Sooners and won the Lombardi Award in 1985 as the nation’s top lineman.  Casillas finished college with 18 sacks and 213 tackles. He led the Sooners to the 1985 national championship and was selected as the College Defensive Player of the Decade for the 1980s. He played 13 seasons in the NFL, twice being named All-Pro and helped the Dallas Cowboys win back to back Super Bowls XXVII and XXVIII.

Eddie Fisher

Induction Sponsored by INTEGRIS Jim Thorpe Rehabilitation

 

Jack VanBebber

Induction Sponsored by INTEGRIS Jim Thorpe Rehabilitation

Caesar Felton “Zip” Gayles joined the Langston University faculty in 1930 as instructor of social science, head football, basketball and baseball coach and athletic director. In 36 years, he carved a permanent place for himself in American athletic history. He guided his basketball teams to a 571-281 record and his football teams to a record of 146-78-18. From 1944-1946, his basketball teams won 51 games in a row. His teams won or tied ten Southwestern Athletic Conference championships and two National Negro championships. He was inducted into the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame in 2008.

Eddie Fisher was an outstanding relief pitcher during a fifteen-year major league career. His .600 winning percentage was the highest of any relief pitcher for the 1960s. He made his major league debut with the San Francisco Giants and played for the Chicago White Sox, Baltimore Orioles, Cleveland Indians, California Angels and St. Louis Cardinals. He finished his career with 1,538.2 innings pitched, 812 strikeouts, an ERA of 3.41, and a career record of 85-70 with 81 saves.

Jack VanBebber wrestled at Oklahoma A&M College (Oklahoma State University) from 1929-1932. He went undefeated in the freestyle 155-pound weight class. He won the first of three NCAA titles in 1929. VanBebber moved up to the 165-pound class in 1931 and 1932 and went undefeated both years. In addition to the NCAA championships, he also won four AAU titles and gold at the 1932 Olympics.

Robert “Bob” Bass was a head basketball coach at the high school level, the NAIA, NCAA, ABA and the NBA levels.  After 25 years as a full-time head coach, he spent 28 years as an NBA executive with the San Antonio Spurs. He took Oklahoma Baptist University to the NAIA District 9 playoffs 13 straight years.  He won the District 9 championship six times, and advanced to the NAIA National Basketball championship game three times. OBU won the title in 1966. Professionally he coached the Denver Rockets, Miami Floridians and the San Antonio Spurs. 

Drew Pearson 

Induction Sponsored by the University of Tulsa Department of Athletics

Drew Pearson played wide receiver at the University of Tulsa before playing eleven years for the Dallas Cowboys. Known as “Mr. Clutch,” Pearson became one of the best wide receivers in the NFL. He led the Cowboys to three Super Bowl appearances, including a win in Super Bowl XII. He earned All-Pro honors and played in Pro Bowls in 1974, 1976 and 1977. He finished his career with 489 receptions, 7,822 receiving yards, 189 rushing yards, 155 kickoff return yards and 50 touchdowns.

Caesar F. "Zip" Gayles

Induction Sponsored by Gayles Basketball Endowment Association

 

Class of 2008 Inductees

OKLAHOMA SPORTS HALL OF FAME

Tony Casillas

Induction Sponsored by the University of Oklahoma Department of Athletics


Robert E. Bass

Induction Sponsored by Oklahoma Baptist University