Farewell to people with Oklahoma ties who enjoyed the game day experience:
*Colby Sartin, 33, of Oklahoma City helped Heritage Hall High School take the boys state tennis championship in 1998, while also winning the No. 2 doubles title. He was on The Oklahoman's All-City team and Oklahoma Coaches Association All-State squad. The University of Oklahoma graduate, who had degrees in accounting and marketing, liked to golf on the side.
*Marvin Hamilton, 80, was a basketball, track and football coach at several Oklahoma schools, including Terrell, Davenport, Randlett, Healdton, Cache, Lone Grove and his alma mater, Tishomingo. A family obituary said the Southeastern Oklahoma State alum kept in touch with many of his former athletes throughout his life.
*Dr. Susan Kennedy won the Oklahoma State Junior Golf Championship in 1964 and 1965. Qualified for the USGA Women's Amateur in '64 and 1984. The Muskogee High graduate was inducted into the school's athletic hall of fame. The dermatologist, who was born in Oklahoma City, was a Tucson, Ariz., resident at the time of death at age 65.
*Maysville resident Tommy Stephens III died at age 45. Stephens was a bull-rider since high school. He raised greyhounds and bucking bulls. One of Stevens' bulls, Tommy Boy, was among the livestock in a recent PBR event.
*Jay Ford, 79, of Bartlesville was a competitive shooter who hand made his rifles.
*Stonewall native Benny Sharp was a state runner-up wrestler in 1953 for Classen High School. The award-winning engineer for Lucent Technologies died at age 78 after a short battle with cancer.
*Mustang resident Harrison Stephens was a standout football and baseball player for Geary High. He coached youth sports for Southside Optimists. The avid OU sports fan held season football tickets for 57 years — and often traveled to away games. The Tinker retiree died at age 80.
*Oklahoma City native Louis Gonzales III, 39, played semipro football for the Oklahoma Badboys. ... Vernon Cooley, 76, of Edmond coached Little League football. ... Yukon veterinarian Mark Elwell, 56, played high school football and basketball at Fairview. ... Joan Stevens, 85, was the wife of late OU men's basketball coach Bob “Go-Go” Stevens. ... Teddy Hall, 59, played varsity basketball at Wagoner High School. ... Nyayapathi Venkata Vykuntha Jagannadha Swamy, a retired physics professor at Oklahoma State, was instrumental in founding the Tennis Club of Stillwater. He was 89. ... Edmond resident Sheila Orf Straehla, 55, played high school basketball at Amber-Pocasset. ... Carolyn Reynolds Hitt, 82, of Oklahoma City was a staunch Thunder fan; she starred in basketball and volleyball as a high schooler in Wichita Falls, Texas.
Catching up with: Garrett Buechele
The former University of Oklahoma baseball standout is playing for the Lardeo Lemurs of the independent American Association. Buechele, the son of former Texas Rangers star Steve Buechele, spent two seasons in the San Francisco Giants organization before landing in Laredo this summer. He's batting .262 with six doubles and 17 RBIs. Normally a third baseman, Garrett Buechele has played part-time at catcher for Laredo.
Major League Baseball records for trivia buffs:
Career grand slams: Lou Gehrig, 23 (1923-39)
Career triples: Sam Crawford, 312 (1899-1917)
Career doubles: Tris Speaker, 793 (1907-28)
Career hit by pitch: Craig Biggio, 285 (1988-2007)
Career strikeouts by batter: Reggie Jackson, 2,597 (1967-87)
Source: MLB Record Book