Class of 2011 Inductees
A native of Oklahoma City, Jim Bolding was a star track athlete at Oklahoma State University (OSU) as well as the national level. While at OSU, Bolding won two NCAA championships in the 400 meter and 400 yard hurdles, set OSU records in 400 yard hurdles at 49.5 seconds in 1972, and was named Oklahoma State’s Athlete of the Year in 1972. During his collegiate career, he was a seven-time Big Eight Conference Champion and a two-time All-American. In 1974, Bolding set the world record for 440 yard hurdles, and was named the US Olympic Committee’s Male Athlete of the year.
Called up by the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1956, Oklahoma City native Don Demeter was sent in to pinch hit during a game with the St. Louis Cardinals. He hit a home run with his first swing in the major leagues. It was only the beginning of an eleven-season career during which he set a Major League record of 266 consecutive errorless innings, and posted a .265 batting average with 163 home runs and 564 RBI in 1,109 games played. He twice hit three home runs in one game. Demeter played with the Brooklyn Dodgers (1956), Los Angeles Dodgers ( 1958-1961), Philadelphia Phillies (1961-1963), Detroit Tigers (1964-1966), Boston Red Sox (1966-1967), and the Cleveland Indians (1967).
Induction Sponsored by Jackie Sandefer
A legend in the University of Oklahoma’s (OU) wrestling program, Tommy Evans was an accomplished wrestler and coach for more than 20 years. Evans won two NCAA wrestling championships in 1952 and 1954 while wrestling at OU. He qualified for the US Olympic team twice, winning the silver medal in 1952. He went on to coach the Sooners to two NCAA titles, in 1960 and 1962, and seven top-three finishes. He was named College Wrestling Coach of the Year in 1963. His 140 career victories rank as the third most in school history and he is the all-time career winning percentage leader at .775. Evans was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in 1976, being recognized as both a wrestler and a coach.
Induction Sponsored by Dave Deardeuff and Tom Blanton
After playing only one year of high school basketball at Tulsa Central, John Starks played at four different colleges in four years, spending his final season at Oklahoma State University. Undrafted, Starks worked his way onto the New York Knicks, eventually becoming a key player from 1990-1998. Starks is the Knicks’ all-time leader in three point field goals with 982 and was the first player in NBA history to make 200 three-pointers in a season. He retired in 2002 with 10,829 career points.
OKLAHOMA SPORTS HALL OF FAME
A consensus All-American in 1973, Lucious is the oldest of the three Selmon brothers who made a lasting impact on the University of Oklahoma (OU) football program. A product of Eufaula High School, Selmon came to OU in 1970. He was named the Chevrolet/ABC National Defensive Player of the Year and Big Eight Conference Athlete of the Year in 1973. Following his playing career, Selmon served as an assistant coach at OU for 19 years, under both Barry Switzer and Gary Gibbs. Selmon also coached in the NFL, including an eight year stint with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Induction Sponsored by the New York Knicks
Named as one of The Oklahoman’s State Centennial Top 100 Athletes, Crystal Robinson has excelled at every level of women’s basketball. A native of Atoka, Robinson played collegiately at Southeastern Oklahoma State, shattering numerous records while there. She was named an NAIA All-American in 1994, 1995, and 1996 as well as being named Player of the Year in 1996. She played for two years in the American Basketball League before being drafted sixth overall into the WNBA by the New York Liberty in 1999. Robinson led her team to four WNBA Finals appearances in the seven seasons she spent with the Liberty.
T. Boone Pickens
Induction Sponsored by Friends of Don Demeter
Induction Sponsored by Tommy's Guys
Induction Sponsored by Southeastern Oklahoma State University