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2003, April 16
HARMON COUNTY ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME
CHARTER MEMBERSHIP INDUCTION BANQUET
This event was held at the Hollis Civic Center on 16 April 2003 at 5 pm.
Members of the Harmon County Sports Hall of Fame are:
Joe B Metcalf
Willie "Sprout" Seddon
Raymont "Pat Patton
Career Record at Texas: 167-45-5
Career Bowl Record: 8-7-1
National Champs: 1963,69,70
SWC Champs: 1959,61,62,63, 68,69,70,71,72,73,75
The man who led The University of Texas Longhorns to three National Championships and continues to remain the state of Texas' most legendary football coach -- Darrell Royal!
In 1956 Coach Royal became head coach of the Texas Longhorns bringing his folksy sense of humor called "Royalisms" and an innovative style of football that produced almost instant success.
As an innovator, Royal is credited with two major changes in collegiate football, the "flip-flop" and the famed wishbone formation backfield.
Royal assumed the dual role of athletics director and head football coach in 1962, positions he held for 14 years. After retiring from football, Royal accepted his present position of special assistant to the president on athletic programs.
A native of Southwest Oklahoma, Royal began his life in football as a high school star in the early 1940s. He was an all-American quarterback at the University of Oklahoma. He served as head coach at Mississippi State University and the University of Washington.
He took Texas from a 1 - 9 season in 1956 to a 6-3-1 finish in 1957. A trip to the Sugar Bowl started the Longhorns on the first of 16 bowl appearances they would make over the next 20 years. Under Royal's leadership, Texas won three national championships and 11 Southwest Conference championships.
In his more than 20 years as head coach, Royal's Longhorns carried the best record in the nation over that period. They finished in the top 10 nationally 11 times, and he coached 77 all-Southwest Conference players and 26 all-Americans.
Born July 6, 1924, Darrell K. Royal has a middle initial but no middle name. The "K" is in honor of his mother, Katy, who died when he was an infant. She succumbed to cancer, but because of the taboo then surrounding the disease, Royal was led to believe until he was grown that she had died giving birth to him.
When Royal started as a tailback for his hometown high school in 1941, he weighed only 124 pounds. During his first season at UT, he made an estimated $17,000 a year. A native of Hollis, Oklahoma, Royal was made an honorary Texan by the Texas House of Representatives after his first UT season.
Submitted by Kelly Fox
Dean Wild coached football in my hometown of Hollis, Oklahoma. But he was much more than a coach to me. In fact, in many ways, he was like a compass.
In 1938 my dad loaded up the family in our old truck, and we left the Oklahoma Dustbowl for California. But I never took to living in California and was pretty homesick for Hollis from the beginning. The folks out there made fun of the way I talked. They called me "Okie" (and they didn't mean it as a compliment). Worst of all, the local football coach wouldn't even let me try out for the football team because he said I didn't weigh enough.
Then one day, out of the blue, I got a letter from Coach Wild. He told me if I came home to Hollis and played football for him, he'd see to it that I had a job and a free lunch every day. It was just what I wanted to hear. And I didn't waste any time hitchhiking back to Hollis where, true to his word, Coach Wild had a job and a position on the team waiting for me.
I've been blessed with more than my share of "somebodies". I sure didn't do it alone. But I've often wondered what might have become of me if Coach Wild hadn't taken the time to write a homesick boy and point him back home.
Submitted by Kelly Fox
Though occasionally used as a starting pitcher, Wilcy Moore was among the first to gain fame as a reliever. He developed a sidearm sinkerball after hurting his shoulder in the Sally League. As a 30-year-old rookie with the 1927 Yankees, he went 19-7 and led the league with 13 relief wins and 13 saves (his 2.28 ERA would also have led, had he qualified with the then-necessary ten complete games). After saving the opener of the 1927 World Series against the Pirates, he started and won the fourth and final game. He later claimed that overwork in 1927 caused the arm problems which sidelined him in 1928 and hampered his career. Even so, his 10 saves for the Red Sox in 1931 were the AL high. He returned to the Yankees in 1932, his relief win in the World Series closing out another four-game sweep, this time of the Cubs.
Played 52 games- won 19- saved 13 and lost 7.
In 1927 World Series- won one and saved one.
Learn more about Wilcy Moore at this website or this one from the baseball library
Submitted by Kelly Fox
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