The Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame has six new members after its induction ceremony on Monday night, including southern Oklahoma legends Perry Maxwell and Jesse “Cab” Renick.
Former Oklahoma defensive lineman Dewey Selmon and ex-Oklahoma State head football coach Pat Jones were among those honored at a ceremony in Oklahoma City. Former Chicago Cubs ace Ferguson Jenkins and Jim Thorpe Association founder Lynne Draper joined them in this year’s class.
Maxwell, the legendary golf course architect, and Renick, a former Oklahoma State basketball player and U.S. Olympian, were inducted posthumously.
Maxwell is the most renown golf course designer in Oklahoma history, soley responsible for Dornick Hills Golf and Country Club, as well as dozens of other acclaimed courses across the state and nation during the early 20th century. His most famous contributions include Southern Hills in Tulsa and a colaborative development of Augusta National in Augusta, Ga. — home of The Masters.
Maxwell, who moved to Ardmore in 1897, died in 1952 is buried on Dornick Hills’ No. 7 hole.
Renick, who was born in Abner in 1917, carved out a basketball career first at Murray State in the mid-30s, where he was an All-Conference player, before going to Oklahoma A&M (now Oklahoma State) in Stillwater. Renick was A&M’s first two-time All-American in any sport.
Following service in the Navy during World War II, Renick won three AAU national championships with the Phillips 66ers and played on United States’ 1948 Olympic gold medal winning team — becoming only the second Native American at the time to win a gold medal.
Renick, who passed away in 1999, adds the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame distinction to a resume that includes induction into the Chickasaw Nation Hall of Fame in 1996 and the Murray State College Hall of Fame in 2007.
Murray State public information officer Erin Knight contributed to this report.