*Before Larry Adair started a career in the mattress and upholstery business, he was a three-time Oklahoma Collegiate Conference pick at defensive line for the University of Central Oklahoma. Adair lettered for coach Dale Hamilton's teams in 1955, 1956 and 1958; Adair helped the Bronchos to a pair of OCC championships. He taught briefly at Harding High after earning an industrial arts teaching degree. Adair died Dec. 28 at age 80.
*Charles Frizzell was a horse enthusiast who participated in team roping. The Midwest City resident was 77 at the time of death.
*Bob Klopfenstein was a chemist for Kerr-McGee Corp. for 24 years. He managed the company softball teams, the Kerr-McGee Whites and Reds. Klopfenstein was an official scorekeeper for the 1996 Olympic Games' softball tournament in Atlanta. The Norman resident died at age 82.
*Boyd Bartley, 92, had part of his professional baseball career interrupted by World War II. When he returned, the Brooklyn Dodgers' shortstop prospect played and managed the Ponca City Dodgers of the Kansas-Oklahoma-Missouri League. He also managed the Shawnee Hawks of the Sooner State League. The Hyde Park, Ill., native only played nine games in the big leagues, that in 1943.
*The Baseball Hall of Fame veterans committee voted in Deacon White, a career .312 hitter who played from 1877 to 1890. White was a two-time batting champion and helped the Detroit Wolverines to the National League championship in 1887. He played catcher at a time when backstops caught the ball barehanded. White had an Oklahoma connection — after retiring as a player, he managed the McAlester Miners of the Oklahoma-Arkansas-Kansas League in 1907 and the Tulsa Oilers of the Oklahoma-Kansas League in 1908. White died in 1939 at age 91.