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William Henry Greason
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OKLAHOMA SPORTS HALL OF FAME
Class of 2017 Inductees
Bryant Reeves came out of the small town of Gans, Oklahoma and attended Oklahoma State University (OSU). The seven foot center was a two-time Big Eight player of the year and a three-time NCAA All-American during his time in Stillwater. Reeves led the conference in scoring in the 1992-1993 season, and led the conference in rebounding all four years he was at OSU. Reeves guided OSU to four straight NCAA tournaments from 1991-1995, including the 1995 Final Four his senior year. He holds the OSU record for most points scored in a season. He also ranks second in career points, second in career rebounds, and fourth in career blocks. Reeves was drafted sixth overall, in the first round of the 1995 NBA Draft by the Vancouver Grizzlies. He spent his entire NBA career with the Grizzlies. He averaged 12.5 points and 6.9 rebounds per game while in the NBA, and is the 8th leading scorer for the Grizzlies with 4,945 career points.
David James (DJ) was an All-American and two-time national champion wrestler at the University of Central Oklahoma (UCO). The Del City native was UCO’s first four-time All-American. He became the head wrestling coach at UCO in 1982. DJ ranks second among all college coaches at any level in national championships with 12. James won seven in NCAA Division II, and five in NAIA, and was named national Coach of the Year seven times. UCO compiled 24 top-four national tournament finishes under James, including five runner-up showings, and the Bronchos won 19 Division II regional titles. DJ coached 48 national champions and 182 All-Americans at UCO, and his career dual record includes a 329-63-1 mark against non-Division I teams. David was named MIAA Coach of the Year in 2015-2016, and is a member of five halls of fames.
Bryant "Big Country" Reeves
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Born in Perry, Oklahoma, Bill Krisher was a high school All-State and All-American football player at Midwest City. Krisher attended the University of Oklahoma, (OU), where he was a two-time All-American in 1956 and 1957. As an offensive lineman, he was a large contributor to the offense that led the country in rushing offense, and total offense in 1955 and 1956. His play on both offense and defense was a large part of the Sooners' 1955 and 1956 national titles. The two-time all-conference selection was selected in the third round of the NFL Draft in 1958 by the Pittsburg Steelers. He became one of the inaugural players on the newly organized Dallas Texans in 1960. Bill was All-AFL in 1960 and an AFL Western Division All-Star in 1961 while playing for the Texans. He left football following the 1961 season to serve full time with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
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Jason White attended Tuttle High School, where he was an all-state quarterback as a senior. White attended the University of Oklahoma (OU) on a football scholarship. He played in a reserve role his true freshman season, and redshirted his sophomore season. White was a reserve in 2001 until the starting quarterback went down with an injury. Jason led OU to several victories until his season was cut short with an ACL tear. White overcame his injury and became the starting quarterback in 2002. In the second game of the season, White again tore his ACL in the opposite knee. After suffering from consecutive ACL tears, Jason White led the sooners to an undefeated regular season in 2003, and the 2003 BCS National Championship game. White won the Heisman Trophy in 2003, and set school records for touchdown passes in a season. In addition to winning the 2003 Heisman Trophy, Jason was named the Associated Press Player of the Year, unanimous All-American, consensus Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year, and the Davey O'Brien Award winner. White was again a finalist for the Heisman Trophy in 2004, and led OU to the 2004 BCS National Championship Game. He finished 2004 with a 159.4 quarterback rating, and completed 65.4 percent of his passes for 3,205 yards on his way to winning his second Davey O’Brien Award and the 2004 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award. White finished his collegiate career as the University of Oklahoma's all-time leader in career passing yards and touchdown passes.
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Bill Greason was born in Atlanta, Georgia, and served in the United States Marine Corps in the 66th Supply Platoon, an all-African-American unit during World War II. He took part in the Battle of Iwo Jima. After the war Greason played professional baseball in the Negro Leagues for the Nashville Black Vols, Asheville Blues and Birmingham Black Barons, where he was a teammate of Willie Mays. In 1952, Bill Greason broke the Oklahoma City baseball color barrier and became the first African-American member of the Oklahoma City Indians of the Double-A Texas League. Known as Oklahoma City’s Jackie Robinson, Greason won nine of his ten decisions and posted a 2.14 earned run average in 1952. After another successful year in Oklahoma City in 1953, Greason was acquired by the St. Louis Cardinals of Major League Baseball, where he became the team's second African-American player, first African-American pitcher.
Doug Blubaugh competed on the Ponca City High School wrestling team. He won the 141-pound state title in 1953. Doug then wrestled at Oklahoma State University (OSU), from 1955-1957, where he was a three-time NCAA All-American. Blubaugh compiled a 27-3-1 collegiate record. He was third at the NCAA Championships in 1955, second in 1956 and won the 157-pound NCAA title in 1957. Blubaugh won two National AAU freestyle titles and gold at the Pan-American Games in 1959, and earned a place on the 1960 U.S. Olympic Team, where he won the gold medal at 160.5 pounds in freestyle. He was named the World's Most Outstanding Wrestler in 1960. Blubaugh served as coach, and clinician at wrestling camps across the nation. He was an assistant wrestling coach at a number of colleges before becoming head wrestling coach at Indiana University. He also was head coach of the U.S. Team at the 1971 Pan American Games, and was awarded the Wrestling Coach of the Year by the U.S. Wrestling Coaches Foundation. A member of three national champion wrestling teams at OSU, Blubaugh was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame as a Distinguished Member in 1979.
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Jeff Bennett was the state champion in the pole vault during his senior year at Vinita High School. Bennett attended Oklahoma Christian College, 1966-1970, and won the NAIA championship in the decathlon in 1969, 1970. In 1968, he was the NAIA champion in the 400-meter intermediate hurdles. The four-time NAIA All-American still holds Oklahoma Christian records in the 400 hurdles and the decathlon. Bennett was inducted into the NAIA Hall of Fame in 1976 and the Oklahoma Christian Athletic Hall of Fame in 1991. He was drafted by the U.S. Army in 1970, where he competed in the army track and field. He won the International Military Games decathlon in 1971 and qualified for the U.S. Olympic Team in 1972, where he placed fourth in the decathlon. He set a personal record of 8,121 points when he won the American Amateur Union's national decathlon championship in 1973. Bennett served as Oklahoma Christian’s assistant track and field coach from 1974 to 1985. Jeff began a second stint as an Oklahoma Christian assistant track and field coach in 2003, and continues to coach track and field at Oklahoma Christian University.