Induction Sponsored by University of Tulsa
Glenn Dobbs was not only a star football player in high school, college and professional levels, but is considered one of the finest coaches and athletic directors in state history.
Told he was too small to play football, standing at 5-8″ and weighing 128 pounds, Dobbs did not accept being an underdog.
A graduate from Fredrick High School in Fredrick, Oklahoma, Dobbs was a tailback and punter. He continued to Tulsa University, where in 1942 he led the Golden Hurricanes to a 10-1 record and a victory in the Sun Bowl. He was chosen that year to the A.P. All-American team at tailback.
He played professionally for the Brooklyn Dodgers in the All-America Football Conference and was named All-Pro in 1946. His first year he led the conference in punting and total offense and was co-leader in passing. In 1948, he led the conference in total offense (2,942), punting average (49.1) and set a new single-season record for professional football with 369 pass attempts with 185 completions. He also set conference single-game records with 55 attempts, 27 completions, and 405 yards. By far his greatest season of his career!
One year later, he moved to the Los Angeles Dons and later was a player/coach for the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League for three years. He also received the Jeff Nicklin Memorial Trophy as most valuable player in the Western Interprovincial Football Union. He retired from playing at the end of 1953.
Dobbs returned to the University of Tulsa as football coach and athletic director. His Golden Hurricanes led the NCAA in passing for five straight years. In 1977, he became Manager of the Tulsa Drillers, a Texas League baseball club. Glenn Dobbs died in November, 2002.
Induction Sponsored by Oklahoma State University
Known as the “Blonde Bomber”, Bob Fenimore was triple threat player during the mid 1940s. As a 17-year old freshman in 1943, Fenimore led Oklahoma State University (A & M) in rushing, passing and scoring. He held a career rushing record of 2,563 yards and passed for 2,536 yards with a total offense chart of 5,099 yards.
In 1944 he led the nation in total offense and his per game average, 195 yards, was the highest record up to that time. In 1945, he led the nation in both rushing and total offense. He was an All-American back in both 1944 and 1945.
A native of Woodward, Oklahoma, Fenimore led OSU to the school’s first two bowl games. In the 1945 Cotton Bowl he scored two touchdowns in the 34-0 victory over Texas Christian. The following season he had 206 yards in total offense in defeating St. Mary’s in the Sugar Bowl. In 1945, Fenimore played one of his best games against Arkansas for 241 yards, only Thurman Thomas, Ernest Anderson, Terry Miller and Barry Sanders had rushed for more yards in a game for the Cowboys.
He played safety on defense and also punted and returned punts and kickoffs. His senior season was marred by injuries as he played in only five games due to a knee injury. Has was once said to be, “the greatest one-man offense in college football history”. When his collegiate playing days were completed he left as college football’s career all-time total offense leader. Fenimore was born October 6, 1925 in Woodward, Oklahoma were he also graduated high school.
Induction Sponsored by Mick Cornett
Warren Spahn is the winningest left-handed pitcher in baseball history with 363 victories all but seven coming with the Boston Braves and Milwaukee Braves.
Spahn holds the National League’s lifetime marks for innings pitched over his 21 year career, hurling two-no hitters and winning the 1957 Cy Young Award. He won 20 straight games 13 times, six years in a row, leading the National League in wins eight times. He was the mainstay for the Braves’ pitching staff for two decades and led the National League in strikeouts for four consecutive years.
Spahn’s career was interrupted by WWII and he did not earn his first win until 1946 at age 25. During the War, he earned a Bronze Star and Purple Heart. He relied mostly on a fastball and curve, and had a modest 8-5 record, but in 1947 he was 21-10, leading the NL in ERA (2.33).
He led the league in ERA in 1953, and failed to win 20 games only once between 1953 and 1961, as he began to master changing speeds and location to keep hitters off balance. In 1957, at the age of 36, Spahn led the Braves to the pennant with a 21-11, 2.69 record and began a string of five consecutive seasons leading the NL in wins. Spahn led the Braves to win the 1957 World Series.
In September 1960, he pitched the first no-hitter of his career against the Phillies, and the 4-0 win was his 20th of the season. The following year, he no-hit the Giants 1-0, just five days before his 40th birthday. That August, he best the Cubs in a packed Milwaukee County Stadium for his 300th victory.
Despite slumping to 18-14 in 1962, Spahn still led the NL in complete games and had a 3.04 ERA and tied his career-best record with a 23-7 mark. He did not retire from baseball until the age of 44. Spahn played for the Boston Braves, Milwaukee Braves, New York Mets and San Francisco Giants during his reign. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1973, his first year of eligibility, holding the National League record for career home runs by a pitcher with 35. Born April 23, 1921 in Buffalo, New York, Spahn was reared in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. He died November 24, 2003.