Each Tuesday, Oklahoma Sports Milestones will salute athletes, coaches, support staff and fans — the essential people it takes to produce the game day experience.
*PROMOTED: To director of player development for the Chicago White Sox, former Oklahoma Sooners baseball player Nick Capra. He is beginning his 17th season with the Sox organization, previously serving as a minor league manager or scout. Capra, 53, spent parts of nine seasons as an outfielder in the Texas Rangers system, mostly for the Oklahoma City 89ers of the old Triple-A American Association. Capra is considered one of the best base stealers in Oklahoma City professional baseball history.
*DIED: At age 90, former Tulsa Oilers left-handed pitcher Cliff Chambers. As a Chicago Cubs farmhand, he won six games with a 2.01 earned run average for the Oilers in 1942. Chambers returned from World War II duty and was a 10-game winner in 1949 and 1950 for the Pittsburgh Pirates and 1951 for the St. Louis Cardinals. Before he was traded to the Cardinals in '51, Chambers threw a no-hitter as the Pirates beat the Boston Braves 3-0. Chambers was a part of two trades during his career, one involving Anadarko native Cal McLish.
*WORTHWHILE: Addition to the Phoenix Coyotes roster, former Oklahoma City Barons forward Gilbert Brule. He was placed on waivers earlier this month by the Barons' NHL affiliate, the Edmonton Oilers, and Brule was claimed by Phoenix. Through seven games for the Coyotes, Brule has three goals and four points. He had eight goals and 18 points in 27 games for Oklahoma City.
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42: Total number of national team championships won by Oklahoma City University athletics. The most recent came Saturday in Bristol, Tenn. OCU dominated the Women's College Wrestling Association tournament, setting school records with 141 total points and six individual champions in Emily Webster, Joey Miller, Michaela Hutchison, Jennifer Page, Kristie Davis and Brittany Delgado. The OCU women's program has won four consecutive national team championships.