OKLAHOMA SPORTS HALL OF FAME

Bob Barry Jr. was News Channel 4’s Sports Director and weeknight sports anchor at the time of his death in June of 2015. Bob always knew he wanted to be a sports broadcaster and follow in the footsteps of his father, Bob Barry Sr. In 1980, Junior graduated from OU with a bachelor’s degree in radio/ television/ film journalism. He joined KFOR as a weekend sports anchor in 1982. In addition to Bob’s duties at News Channel 4, he hosted a talk radio show “Sports Morning” on Oklahoma City’s popular WWLS-AM/FM “The Sports Animal”. He also hosted several coaches’ shows for both the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University. Since joining the KFOR family, he was awarded “Oklahoma Sportscaster of the Year” six times by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association. He was also honored as “Oklahoma’s Sportscaster of the Year” by the American Women in Radio and TV organization.

Jimmy Houston

Induction Sponsored by the University of Oklahoma Athletics Dept.

 

Joe Dial

Induction Sponsored by Oklahoma State University Track and Oral Roberts University

 

Class of 2016 Inductees

Jimmy Houston

Induction Sponsored by Oklahoma State University Golf

 

Bob Barry, Jr.

Induction Sponsored by KFOR-TV/KAUT-TV and the University of Oklahoma Athletics Dept.


Brian Bosworth

Induction Sponsored by the University of Oklahoma Athletics Dept.


Oklahoma born, Texas raised, Brian Bosworth returned home to play for University of Oklahoma from 1983-1986. During Brian's years at OU he helped lead the Sooners to a 31-4-1 record, 3 straight Big 8 Conference Titles and a National Championship in 1985. Brian Bosworth, best known as "The BOZ," lead OU's vaulted defense during each of his 3 seasons in tackles amassing a total of 395. He was a three-time 1st team All-Big 8 conference, two-time 1st team All American, Academic All American in 1986, and the only two-time Butkus Award winner. He was selected in the first round of the NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks. The Seahawks made Brian an instant starter in 1987 during a strike shortened season. He again shined, garnering 89 tackles 4 sacks 2 fumble recoveries while helping the Seahawks return to the playoffs for the first time in 5 years. Brian's promising professional career was cut short in the 1990 season due to severe shoulder injuries. Brian is recognized as one the best linebackers to ever play college football and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2015.

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Joe Dial is a native of Marlow, Oklahoma. Dial set the current Class 2A state record in the long jump at 23’05" in 1981. He was the Oklahoma Class 2A state long jump champion in 1980 and 1981, and was a four-time state champion in the pole vault (1978-81). Dial was the first high school pole vaulter to clear 18 feet. Following high school, Dial attended Oklahoma State University, (OSU), where he was a four-time NCAA and six-time Big Eight Conference pole vault champion. He broke the Big Eight Conference record at the 1985 championships after vaulting 19’01.5”. Joe Dial was the world record-holder in the pole vault in 1986. He also held the American pole vault record for nine years (1985-94), breaking his own record nine times in that span. Dial won the bronze medal at the 1989 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary. For his efforts, Dial was inducted into the Pole Vault Hall of Fame in 2011. He was inducted into the OSU Hall of Fame in 2002. Joe Dial has been head coach of the men's and women's track and cross country programs at Oral Roberts University (ORU) since 1993. During his tenure at ORU, he has coached 20 All-Americans and has turned ORU into a powerhouse in the Mid-Continent Conference.

Born in Dallas, Texas, Scott Verplank became the star golfer on the W.T. White High School Golf Team. After graduating from high school, Verplank attended Oklahoma State University. In 1984, he won the U.S. Amateur Championship, and the 1985 Western Open, becoming one of the few amateur golfers to win a PGA Tour event.  In 1986, Verplank won the NCAA individual title and turned professional joining the PGA Tour. He has won five PGA Tour events, two Ryder Cup wins, and he has been ranked in the top 20 of the Official World Golf Rankings. Verplank turned 50 in July 2014 and made his Champions Tour debut at the 2014 U.S. Senior Open.  He was named the 2011 winner of the NCAA Silver Anniversary Award, and the 2002 Ben Hogan Award, reserved for an individual who has excelled in golf in the face of a physical handicap or serious illness.

Jimmy Houston is known for hosting his own television show, Jimmy Houston Outdoors, which is watched by 2 million people across the world. This professional angler was born on July 27, 1944, and raised in Oklahoma City. Jimmy moved with his family to Cookson, Oklahoma, near Lake Tenkiller, during his senior year of high school. Lake Tenkiller was the inspiration, which made him the professional angler he is today. Jimmy graduated from Northeastern Oklahoma State University in Tahlequah in 1966. Since winning The Oklahoma State Championship as a college senior, he has gone on to win over a million dollars in bass tournaments. He has fished 15 BASS Master Classics and won the B.A.S.S. Angler of the Year title in both 1976 and 1986. Jimmy was inducted in to the National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame in 1990 and the Professional Bass Fishing Hall of Fame in 2002. He was inducted into the IGFA Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame and the Legends of the Outdoors Hall of Fame in 2008. Jimmy was named King of Sports for Fishing in 1989, and was recently recognized as the 2013 Distinguished Alumnus of NSU.

Herman Leon Heath

Induction Sponsored by the University of Oklahoma Athletics Dept.

Leon Heath graduated from Hollis High School in 1947 as a new recruit for the University of Oklahoma’s Football program under the direction of Bud Wilkinson. Leon played fullback and linebacker at OU. He earned the nickname “Mule Train,” because no one could stop him. In 1949 he led the nation in average yards per carry with 9.12 yards per attempt. He was a 1950 Consensus All-American and was named the Outstanding Player of the 1950 Sugar Bowl.  Leon was a large part of the Sooners' 16-0 record in the conference from 1948-50, which propelled them to the first national title in OU football history in 1950.  Leon was chosen in the first round of the 1951 NFL draft, fourth overall, by the Washington Redskins. Leon interrupted his professional football career to serve as a 1st Lt. in the US Army, Field Artillery at Fort Sill. There he played football and was the head football coach. With Leon at the helm, the Ft. Sill Field Artillery team won the National Service Champs title in 1955.

OKLAHOMA SPORTS HALL OF FAME