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Oklahoma Centennial Top 100 Greatest Oklahoman Baseball Players

Oklahoma Centennial Top 100 Greatest Oklahoman Baseball Players

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1. Mickey Mantle*: "The Commerce Comet" lived up to the hype that surrounded him when he debuted with the New York Yankees in 1951 as the heir apparent to Joe DiMaggio, who was in his final season. He was a speedy, powerful switch-hitting outfielder who had 536 career homers and a .298 batting average in 18 major league (ML) seasons, all with the Yankees. He played on 12 pennant winners in his first 14 seasons, including seven World Series champions. Won the American League's Triple Crown in 1956. Named after Hall of Fame catcher Mickey Cochrane.

2. Warren Spahn*: Baseball's all-time winningest left-hander with 363 victories, primarily with the Braves. Was a 13-time, 20-game winner. Threw a no-hitter at age 39 and another a year later. The New York native was drafted into the Army during World War II and was sent to Oklahoma's Camp Gruber. An Oklahoman, living in Hartshorne and Broken Arrow, until he died in 2003. Managed the Tulsa Oilers from 1967-71. 3. Johnny Bench*: Named by The Sporting News as baseball's greatest catcher in 1998. The Binger native's 389 career homers were the most of any catcher when he retired after 17 seasons with Cincinnati from 1967-83. Won the National League's Most Valuable Player award in 1970 and '72. Was the 1976 World Series MVP. Helped the Reds win four pennants and two world titles from 1970-77. Honored with a statue outside Oklahoma City's Bricktown Ballpark. 4. Paul Waner*: "Big Poison" won three National League batting titles and had a .333 lifetime average from 1926-45. Born in Harrah. Was a Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder with his brother, Lloyd, for 14 years from 1927-40. Urged the Pirates to sign Lloyd. Named the 1927 NL's MVP after helping the Pirates win the pennant. Also played and coached for the Braves. Learned to bat by swinging at corncobs pitched by their father, who turned down an offer by 19th-century great Cap Anson to play for the White Sox. 5. Willie Stargell*: The Earlsboro-born slugger claimed to be a descendant of the 19th-century Seminole war chief Osceola. Socked 475 career homers from 1962-82 with Pittsburgh, helping the Pirates win World Series titles in 1971 and '79. "Pops" was the ringleader of the '79 "We Are Family" Pirates, winning the World Series MVP award and sharing the NL's MVP award that year with ex-Tulsa Oilers first baseman Keith Hernandez of St. Louis. Started career as an outfielder before moving to first base. 6. "Bullet" Joe Rogan*: Could play any position for the Negro League's Kansas City Monarchs from 1920-38. Many Negro League players considered Rogan to be a better pitcher than Satchel Paige. Played second base and outfield when he wasn't on the mound. According to the Baseball Hall of Fame, he had a .338 career batting average and a pitching record of 116-50 with a 2.89 ERA. Also managed the Monarchs and was an umpire. Born in Oklahoma City. 7. Carl Hubbell*: The New York Giants screwball master gained fame in the 1934 All-Star Game when he struck out five consecutive greats -- Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Jimmie Foxx, Al Simmons and Joe Cronin. Won 24 in a row over the 1936-37 seasons. Won 253 major league games from 1928-43. Pitched Meeker to the state high school title (non-OSSAA) in 1923. 8. Dizzy Dean*: A 30-game winner in 1934 as he combined with brother, Paul, to pitch the St. Louis Cardinals' "Gashouse Gang" to the World Series title. Had a 150-83 record in injury-shortened career, primarily pitching from 1932-40. Received nickname "Dizzy" from his Army sergeant. Born in Arkansas, but lived in Spaulding, near Holdenville, from age 14-to-16. Once struck out 49 in a high school tripleheader. Pitched for Tulsa Oilers. 9. Lloyd Waner*: Held the major league record for most hits by a rookie, 233, until Ichiro Suzuki had 242 for Seattle in 2001. "Little Poison" was born in Harrah. Despite health problems, had a .316 career batting average from 1927-45. Helped Pirates win pennant in '27. Born in Harrah and died in Oklahoma City. 10. Joe Carter: Ended the 1993 World Series with a homer to help lead Toronto to its second straight title. Had 396 career homers from 1983-98. The Oklahoma City Millwood graduate was primarily an outfielder. A five-time All-Star who has a street named after him near Bricktown Ballpark. College player of the year in 1981 at Wichita State. 11. Allie Reynolds: "The Super Chief" was baseball's most clutch pitcher in the decade following World War II for Cleveland and the Yankees. Had seven World Series wins. First American League pitcher to throw two no-hitters in a season. In 1951, won Hickok Belt as the nation's top pro athlete. Born in Bethany. Oklahoma State's baseball stadium is named after him. 12. Pepper Martin: "The Wild Horse of the Osage" was the sparkplug for the great Cardinals teams in the early 1930s. Batted .418 in 15 World Series games. A third baseman and outfielder. Okayed in four of the first five All-Star games. Led the National League in stolen bases three times. Coached for the Tulsa Oilers, who played him in one game at age 54. Born in Temple and died in McAlester. 13. Joe "Iron Man" McGinnity*: Had 247 wins in 10 major league seasons from 1899-1908, primarily with the New York Giants. Came to Krebs, Indian Territory, when he was a teenager to work as a coal miner. Received nickname because he worked in his father-in-law's Oklahoma foundry. Pitched shutout in 1905 World Series. Buried in McAlester. 14. Ferguson Jenkins*: In 1991, became the first Canadian inducted into Baseball's Hall of Fame. Lived on a ranch near Guthrie for more than 15 years after he came to be a pitching coach for the Oklahoma City 89ers. His six straight 20-win seasons from 1967-72 are the most by a pitcher since Warren Spahn from 1956-61. Career record of 284-226 from 1965-83, primarily with Cubs. 15. Carl Mays: Compiled a 207-126 record in 15 major league seasons from 1915-1929. Delivered the only pitch that ever killed a player (Ray Chapman) in a big-league game. Last Red Sox hurler to win a complete game in a World Series clincher (in 1918). Moved with his family to a farm near Kingfisher when he was 14. 16. Alvin Dark: Was the first National League shortstop to twice reach 20 homers in a season. Was the 1948 NL Rookie of the Year with the Boston Braves. Helped lead the New York Giants to two pennants. Had 2,089 career hits and a .289 average from 1946-60. Born in Comanche, but moved at a young age to Louisiana. Managed the San Francisco Giants to the 1962 pennant and the Oakland Athletics to the 1974 World Series title. 17. Bobby Murcer: The Oklahoma City native was a five-time All-Star outfielder. Began and ended his career with the Yankees, who touted him as the next Mickey Mantle. Just as Mantle did, he started his career as a shortstop. Batted .273 with 252 career homers in 17 ML seasons between 1965-83. 18. Harry Brecheen: "The Cat" won three games for the Cardinals in the 1946 World Series. Posted a 133-92 record from 1940-53. Born in Broken Bow and pitched for Ada's American Legion state champions in 1931. 19. Jerry Adair: The Sand Springs native was one of the American League's top fielding second basemen in the 1960s, primarily with Baltimore, but helped Boston win a pennant in '67. Batted .254 with 57 homers in the majors from 1958-70. A basketball and baseball standout for OSU. Also played for the Tulsa Oilers. A coach on Oakland's World Series champions from 1972-74. 20. Mike Moore: The Eakly native had 161 wins in the majors from 1982-95. Won twice in Oakland's four-game World Series sweep in 1989. The No. 1 overall choice in the 1981 June draft by the Seattle Mariners after pitching three years at Oral Roberts University. 21. Bill Russell: The former Broken Arrow resident was a shortstop for most of his 18 seasons as a player with the Los Angeles Dodgers from 1969-86. Had 1,926 career hits and a .263 batting average. Played in four World Series. Also managed the Dodgers. 22. Steve Rogers: Compiled a 158-152 record with the Montreal Expos from 1973-85. Started and won 1982 All-Star Game at Montreal. Helped the University of Tulsa reached the College World Series final three in 1969 and '71. The Missouri native lived in Tulsa after going to TU until he became the special assistant to Major League Baseball Players Association executive director Donald Fehr. 23. Brad Penny: The Broken Arrow native is having another stellar season for the Los Angeles Dodgers after posting a career-high 16 wins and starting the All-Star Game in 2006. Has an 82-63 career record. Helped the Florida Marlins win the 2003 World Series with two wins and also won Game 7 of the 2003 NLCS. 24. Jesse Barnes: Had 25 wins for the New York Giants in 1919 and ended the year by winning the fastest nine-inning game in major league history, 51 minutes. Had a career record of 153-149 from 1914-1927. Won twice in the 1921 World Series. Pitched a no-hitter in 1922. Born in Perkins. 25. Lindy McDaniel: The ordained minister in the Church of Christ went 141-119, primarily as a reliever, in 21 ML seasons from 1955-75, breaking in with the Cardinals. The Hollis native's brother, Von, also pitched for St. Louis. 26. Willis Hudlin: "Ace" had a 158-156 record from 1928-44, primarily with the Cleveland Indians. Was a Yankees nemesis. Born in Wagoner. 27. Jeff Suppan: The dependable right-hander is having another solid season after signing with Milwaukee last winter. A big-game ace, he helped pitch St. Louis to Game 7 wins in the 2004 and '06 NLCS. Entered the season with a 106-101 record. On his way to pitching at least 185 innings for the ninth straight year. Born in Oklahoma City. 28. Milt Wilcox: The graduate of Crooked Oak High School was only 20 when he was the winning pitcher in Cincinnati's 1970 pennant clincher. Also won the 1984 pennant clincher and a World Series game for Detroit. Had a record of 119-113 in the majors from 1970-86. 29. Ralph Terry: Was the 1962 World Series MVP, winning twice for the Yankees, including 1-0 in Game 7 at San Francisco. Gave up Bill Mazeroski's Game 7 homer in '60. Went 107-99 from 1956-67. The Chelsea graduate became a golf pro after retiring from baseball. 30. Cal McLish: His full name was Calvin Coolidge Julius Caesar Tuskahoma McLish, making him the only major leaguer to be named for a president, emperor and a Choctaw Indian chief. Born in Anadarko. Went 92-92 in the majors from 1944-64. Was a major league coach for 18 years and remains a special assignment coach for the Seattle Mariners at age 81. 31. Hank Thompson: The Oklahoma City-born third baseman made baseball history on July 20, 1947, when he and Willard Brown were in the lineup for the St. Louis Browns -- the first time two black players for the same team played in a major league game -- three months after Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier. Batted .267 in 10 seasons from 1947-56. Also played in the Negro Leagues. Helped the Giants win pennants in 1951 and '54. 32. Darrell Porter: Was the 1982 World Series MVP for the Cardinals. In 1979, was only the second catcher in major league history to reach 100 runs, RBIs and walks in a season. The Oklahoma City Southeast graduate hit 188 career homers from 1971-87. 33. "Indian" Bob Johnson: Batted .296 with 288 homers during 13 ML seasons from 1933-45. Played his first 10 seasons with the Philadelphia Athletics. An eight-time All-Star outfielder. Born in Pryor. 34. Eddie Fisher: The knuckleballer went 85-70, primarily as a reliever, in the majors from 1959-73 after pitching for OU. Led Friendship to Oklahoma's Class C state baseball title in 1954. 35. Johnny Callison: Belted a walkoff three-run homer to win the 1964 All-Star Game. Finished as the NL's MVP runner-up that year to Ken Boyer. Played 10 of his 16 ML seasons with the Phillies. Born in Qualls, he had 226 career homers from 1958-73 and also was known as a strong defensive outfielder. 36. Paul Blair: Was the American League's top defensive outfielder in the 1960s and '70s, winning eight Gold Gloves. Played in four World Series with Baltimore and two with the Yankees. A hero of the '66 Series with the winning homer in Game 3 and saving catch in Game 4 of the Orioles' sweep. "Motormouth,", born in Cushing, also was a great bunter. Played in the majors from 1964-80. 37. Johnny Ray: The slick-fielding second baseman from Chouteau was the 1982 NL Rookie of the Year for Pittsburgh. Batted .290 in 10 ML seasons. A 1983 Silver Slugger winner and a 1988 All-Star. 38. Mickey Tettleton: A three-time winner of the Silver Slugger Award as the American League's top hitting catcher. Played for Oklahoma City Southeast, OSU and the Tulsa Drillers. Had 245 career homers from 1984-97. 39. Al Benton: The only pitcher to face both Babe Ruth and Mickey Mantle. Born in Noble, he was 98-88, used often as a reliever, in 11 ML seasons between 1934 and '52, primarily with Detroit. 40. Harlond Clift: Had the misfortune of playing for perennial losers, the St. Louis Browns and Washington Senators, during his career (1934-45). The third baseman from El Reno had 178 career homers, 1,578 hits and a .272 batting average. 41. Al Brazle: Pitched 10 seasons with the Cardinals, primarily just after World War II and was close friends with Harry Brecheen. Career record of 97-64. 42. Jose Cardenal: The outfielder lived in Tulsa for much of his ML career (1963-80) after moving to the United States from Cuba. Became a U.S. citizen in Tulsa in 1973. Had 1,973 hits with a .275 average and ended his career with Kansas City by playing in his only World Series. Also was a long-time major league coach. 43. Rip Radcliff: The outfielder batted .311 in 10 ML seasons from 1934-43, primarily with the White Sox. Born in Kiowa and died in Enid. Influenced minor league homer king Joe Bauman when they were Navy Skyjacket teammates in Norman during World War II. 44. Don Demeter: Socked 163 homers with a .265 batting average over 11 ML seasons (1956-67). The Oklahoma City-born outfielder helped the Los Angeles Dodgers win the 1959 World Series. 45. Jim Brewer: Pitched in three World Series and an All-Star Game for the Los Angeles Dodgers, with whom he spent much of his 17-year career (1960-76). Had an ML record of 69-65 with 132 saves. Lived in Broken Arrow. Coached for the Montreal Expos and Oral Roberts University, which retired his uniform number 29. 46. Matt Holliday: Just named as a NL All-Star outfielder for the second straight year. The Stillwater native had career average of .310 over his three previous ML seasons with Colorado. Played for the Drillers in 2003. 47. Dale Mitchell: Best known by many outside Oklahoma for striking out to end Don Larsen's World Series perfect game in 1956, the outfielder batted .312 in 11 ML seasons and was on three pennant winners. Played all of his ML career with Cleveland before going to Brooklyn near the end of '56. Also played for OU and the Sooners' ballpark is named after him. Died in Tulsa. 48. Ival Goodman: A two-time NL All-Star outfielder for the Cincinnati Reds, he helped them win pennants in 1939 and '40. A .281 career hitter from 1935-44. Carl Albert State College's ballpark is named after him. 49. Jim Thorpe: The world's greatest athlete from the 20th century's first 50 years, he was known mainly for his football and track and field feats, but was an outfielder for six ML seasons from 1913-19. May have achieved more success if he hadn't clashed with his Giants manager, John McGraw. A career .252 hitter, he batted .327 in his final year before quitting to play in and become the president of the newly formed league that would soon be known as the NFL. Born in Prague. 50. Hank Wyse: The last Chicago Cub to throw a World Series pitch. Had a 79-70 record in the majors from 1942-51. Was a two-time, 20-game winner with the Tulsa Oilers and roommate of Dizzy Dean. Lived in Pryor. 51. Gene Conley: The 6-foot-8 pitcher from Muskogee played on world champions in baseball (Milwaukee Braves) and in the NBA (Boston Celtics). Won the 1955 All-Star Game. Had a ML career record of 91-96 from 1952-63. 52. Carl Morton: The Webster graduate was The Sporting News 1970 NL Rookie Pitcher of the Year as he went 18-11 for the Montreal Expos. Had an ML record of 87-92 from 1970-76. Started pro career as an outfielder. 53. Roy Johnson: Older brother of "Indian" Bob Johnson. Born in Pryor. An outfielder, he batted .296 in 10 ML seasons from 1929-38. Led AL with 45 doubles as a rookie for Detroit in 1929. 54. Rube Foster: Not the former Negro League star. This Foster won twice in the 1915 World Series, including the decisive Game 5 for the Red Sox. Had ML career record of 58-34 from 1913-17. ML career ended when he refused to report to Cincinnati after being traded. Born in Lehigh and died in Bokoshe. 55. Paul "Daffy" Dean: Dizzy's brother won 19 during the regular season and two in the World Series for the Cardinals in 1934. Also won 19 in 1935 before injuries curtailed career. Directed the Tulsa Oilers baseball camp in '76. 56. Jim Gentile: "Diamond Jim" was a good fielding first baseman who set an Orioles record with 141 RBIs in 1961, a year he finished third in the AL's MVP voting behind Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle. Became the third player in ML history to hit grand slams in consecutive innings. Had 179 homers from 1957-66. Moved to Edmond after playing for the Oklahoma City 89ers. 57. Bob Muncrief: Pitched for 12 ML seasons with an 80-82 record, primarily with the St. Louis Browns. Appeared in two World Series. A 1944 AL All-Star. Born in Madill. 58. Frank Linzy: One of the majors' top relievers from 1965-74, compiling a 62-57 record with 111 saves and a 2.85 ERA, primarily with San Francisco. A basketball and baseball standout at Porter. 59. Bob Thurman: The Kellyville-born outfielder was the first major leaguer to homer on his 40th birthday. Played in Negro Leagues and is a member of the Puerto Rican Baseball Hall of Fame. Debuted in majors at age 37 and played five seasons with the Reds from 1955-59. Had 35 ML homers in 663 career at-bats. 60. Randy Bass: The first baseman from Lawton only played briefly in the U.S. majors, but is a legend in Japan, winning the Triple Crown there in 1985-86. Had 449 pro homers. Elected to the State Senate in 2004. 61. Ray Burris: The Idabel-born right-hander had 108 ML wins from 1973-87. Had one win and an 0.53 ERA in two starts for Montreal in the 1981 NLCS. Spent first six-plus seasons with Cubs. 62. Charlie O'Brien: Two 300-game winners, Roger Clemens and Greg Maddux, wanted O'Brien behind the plate when they pitched. Caught Cy Young winners in four straight years from 1994-97 (Maddux twice, Pat Hentgen and Clemens). Played for Atlanta's World Series champs in 1995. The Bishop Kelley graduate pioneered the hockey-style catcher's mask and played in the majors from 1985-2000. 63. Braden Looper: The Mangum graduate went 9-3 as a reliever last year for the champion Cardinals and closed out two World Series wins. Had 28 saves and a World Series win for Florida in '03. In the majors since 1998, entered year with 34-32 record. 64. Wilcy Moore: A pitching standout as a rookie for the 1927 "Murderers' Row" Yankees. Led AL with a 2.28 ERA and had a 19-7 record, mainly as a reliever. Won the final games of both the '27 and '32 Yankees' World Series sweeps. Went 51-44 from 1927-33. Died in Hollis. 65. Ted Power: The Guthrie right-hander went 68-69 with eight ML teams from 1981-93. 66. Gene Stephens: Shares with Johnny Damon the modern ML record for hits (three) in an inning. An outfielder for 12 ML seasons from 1952-64. Was used often by the Red Sox during the first half of his career as late-inning replacement for Ted Williams. Was a long-time Oklahoma City resident. 67. U.L. Washington: Remembered by many for playing with a toothpick in his mouth, the Stringtown native played primarily shortstop and spent most of his 11 ML seasons (1977-87) with Kansas City. Helped Royals win first pennant in 1980. Had a career .251 batting average. 68. Cy Blanton: led the NL with a 2.58 ERA as a rookie for Pittsburgh in 1935. Had 68 wins from 1935-41. Born in Waurika and died in Norman. 69. Bob Shirley: The Cushing-born lefty and Tulsa resident had 67 ML wins from 1977-87, spending his first four seasons with San Diego and most of his last five with the Yankees. Also pitched for OU. 70. Jerry Walker: The St. Louis Cardinals' vice president of player personnel was the youngest pitcher to start and win an All-Star Game at 20 in 1959, two years after representing Byng in Oklahoma's All-State Game. Went 37-44 from 1957-64, primarily with Baltimore and the Kansas City Athletics. 71. Les Moss: A catcher for 13 ML seasons from 1946-58, mainly with the St. Louis Browns, batting .247 with 63 homers. Had two brief ML managerial stints. Born in Tulsa. 72. Joe Bauman: The Welch-born first baseman had 72 homers in the minors for Roswell (N.M.) in 1954 -- an Organized Baseball record until Barry Bonds hit 73 in 2001. Also had 224 RBIs and batted .400 for Roswell in '54. Never played in majors. 73. Tim Flannery: A utility infielder for San Diego from 1979-89. Career batting average of .255. Helped San Diego win 1984 pennnant. A San Francisco Giants coach. Born in Tulsa. 74. Gary Geiger: An outfielder for 12 ML seasons (1958-70), primarily with the Red Sox. Had 77 career homers. Collected the first hit at the Busch Stadium that opened in 1966 in St. Louis. Played for the Tulsa Oilers in 1968 and '71 and was briefly their manager. Lived in Tulsa. 75. Steve Sparks: The Holland Hall graduate had 59 ML wins as a knuckleballer from 1995-2004. 76. Ryan Franklin: Excelling as a set-up man for Cardinals closer Jason Isringhausen. The Spiro graduate has 44 ML wins. Member of 2000 U.S. Olympic gold-medal winning team. 77. George Frazier: The Colorado Rockies announcer was a reliever in the majors from 1978-87. Had 35 career wins and 29 saves. Helped OU reach the CWS. Born in Oklahoma City and lives in Tulsa. 78. Mark Redman: The Catoosa resident has 64 major league wins. Went 14-9 for the world champion Marlins in '03. Led OU to the 1994 CWS title. Trying to return to majors, currently with the Oklahoma RedHawks. 79. Jamey Wright: The Westmoore graduate, currently with the Texas Rangers, has 69 ML wins since breaking in with Colorado in 1996. 80. Butch Huskey: The Lawton Eisenhower product had 86 homers as an outfielder in the majors from 1993-2000, primarily with the Mets. 81. Don Carman: The Oklahoma City-born lefty went 53-52 with the Phillies from 1983-90. Played briefly in the majors the next two years and with the Drillers in '92. 82. Dave Rader: Not the former TU football coach-quarterback, who was a baseball standout at Rogers. This Dave Rader is from Claremore and was a catcher for 10 ML seasons, his first six with San Francisco. The Sporting News' NL Rookie of the Year in 1972. Had .257 career batting average. 83. Steve Crawford: The Salina native went 30-23 as a reliever for the Red Sox and Kansas City from 1980-91. Won the pivotal Game 5 of the 1986 ALCS that sparked the Red Sox comeback. Also had a World Series win that year. 84. Dave Nelson: A second baseman for 10 ML seasons from 1968-77, primarily with the Texas Rangers. Had 94 stolen bases over the '72-73 seasons. Born in Fort Sill. 85. Junior Spivey: Played in the 2002 All-Star Game and helped Arizona win a world title in '01. The Oklahoma City Douglass graduate has a .270 career batting average as a second baseman in five seasons. Helped the Drillers win a pennant in 1998. Making a comeback with the independent Bridgeport Bluefish. 86. Bobby Morgan: Was an infielder for the Brooklyn Dodgers and played in the 1952 and '53 World Series. Had 53 homers in nine ML seasons from 1950-58. An Oklahoma City Classen graduate. 87. Lu Clinton: The outfielder from Ponca City had 65 homers in eight ML seasons from 1960-67, primarily with Boston. 88. Kelly Stinnett: The savvy catcher from Lawton is considering retirement after being assigned (but did not report) to the minors by St. Louis in late June. Has 65 homers in 14 ML seasons. 89. Danny Thompson: A courageous shortstop who spent most of his career (1970-76) with the Minnesota Twins. A career .248 hitter. Battled leukemia during his last four seasons. Died at 29, two months after the '76 season. A Capron and OSU graduate. 90. Tommie Sisk: Posted a 40-49 record in nine ML seasons from 1962-70, mainly with Pittsburgh. Born in Ardmore. 91. John Russell: Was the catcher for Nolan Ryan's sixth no-hitter. Played nine ML seasons -- the first five with the Phillies. Also played for OU and the Drillers. Will be a manager in the Triple-A All-Star Game on Wednesday. 92. Ray Starr: Had a 37-35 record with five teams in a ML career that spanned from 1932 to 1945. Born in Nowata. 93. Jackie Brown: The Holdenville native had 47 ML wins from 1970-77, primarily with the Rangers. 94. Cliff Mapes: An outfielder in two World Series during his stint (1948-51) with the Yankees. Both his Yankee uniform numbers were retired. Was wearing No. 3 when Babe Ruth was honored. Then was given No. 7, which was given to Mickey Mantle when Mapes was traded. Also played for Tulsa Oilers. Was a long-time resident of Pryor. 95. Joey McLaughlin: The McLain graduate was 29-28 as a reliever during seven ML seasons with Atlanta, Toronto and Texas from 1977-84. 96. Darryl Motley: The Muskogee-born outfielder hit the go-ahead homer for Kansas City in Game 7 of the 1985 World Series. Had 44 homers in six ML seasons (1981-87). 97. Ben Tincup: Born in Adair and died in Claremore. Pitched in 48 ML games from 1914-28. A Brooklyn Dodgers coach in 1940. 98. Roy Foster: The B.T. Washington graduate was selected as the American Rookie Player of the Year by The Sporting News in 1970 after batting .268 with 23 homers for Cleveland. Injuries, however, cut short the oufielder's career after only two more seasons in the majors. 99. George Wright : A superb defensive outfielder from Oklahoma City's Capitol Hill, he spent most of his career with the Rangers (1982-86). Played in all 162 games in 1983, batting .276 with 18 homers and 80 RBIs. Played in a Drillers record 269 consecutive games in 1980-81. 100. Jerry Tabb: The Altus-born first baseman was the College World Series MVP as a freshman for Tulsa in 1971. Played for the Cubs and Oakland.


Bobby Cox: In his 26th season (22 with Atlanta) as a major league manager and has the fourth-most wins. Has won five pennants, a World Series and 15 division titles. Entered season with 2,171 wins. Also managed Toronto. Was a teammate of Mickey Mantle with the Yankees. Born in Tulsa.


Jim Beauchamp: The Grove native was a coach on Cox's Atlanta staff from 1991-98. Was an outfielder-first baseman in the majors from 1963-73 and played five seasons for the Tulsa Oilers. Cot Deal: Coached for six ML teams between 1959 and '85. Pitched parts of four ML seasons. A long-time Oklahoma City resident. Ron Gardenhire: Won four division titles in past five seasons as Minnesota's manager after being a Twins coach from 1991-2001. The Okmulgee product was an infielder for five ML seasons with the Mets. Bobby Jones: Oklahoma's all-time winningest pro manager was a Rangers coach for three seasons. Has lived in Tulsa since the early 1990s. An outfielder in nine ML seasons. Freddie Martin: As a Cubs coach, taught Hall-of-Fame reliever Bruce Sutter the split-finger fastball. Born in Williams and pitched three years for the Cardinals. Marty Martinez: Coached four seasons for the Seattle Mariners and managed them for one game in 1986. A utilityman for seven ML seasons. The Drillers' first manager, the Cuban native lived his last 30 years in Tulsa. Al Widmar: Developed a dominant pitching staff while serving as a coach for Cox at Toronto. Was a long-time Tulsa resident who pitched and managed with the Oilers. Pitched in five ML seasons. *-Baseball Hall of Famer


World sports writer Barry Lewis selected an all-time lineup of the top players from Oklahoma:(Major League career stats unless indicated)LF Lloyd Waner* (1927-45): 2,459 hits, .316 BARF Paul Waner* (1926-45): 3,152 hits, .333 BACF Mickey Mantle* (1951-68): 536 HRs, .298 BA1B Willie Stargell* (1962-82): 475 HRs, 1,540 RBIsC Johnny Bench* (1967-83): 389 HRs, 1,376 RBIsDH Joe Carter (1983-98): 396 HRs, 1,445 RBIs2B Joe Rogan* (x-1920-38): .338 BA, 116 wins3B Pepper Martin (1928-44): First All-Star hitter, .298 BASS Alvin Dark (1946-60): 2,089 hits, .289 BAP Warren Spahn* (1942, ’46-65): 363-245, 3.09 ERA


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