Oklahoma State basketball: Trainer 'Pee Wee' Williams, OSU legend Bob Kurland once made their home under Gallagher Hall

Bob Williams served as the student-trainer for all sports, and Kurland was soon to be Henry P. Iba’s greatest player. And the two would be roommates in Gallagher Hall.
by John Helsley Published: March 2, 2014

“Pee Wee” Williams’ first encounter with Bob Kurland came on the Oklahoma State football practice field.

Bob Williams served as the student-trainer for all sports, and Kurland was soon to be Henry P. Iba’s greatest player.

And the two would be roommates in Gallagher Hall… despite a bit of initial resistance by Williams.

“Kurland came out to the field and asked me for the key to where we were staying,” said Williams, now 89 and living in Earlsboro. “I said, ‘I’m not going to give you a thing, because I don’t know you.’ He said, ‘Coach Iba said to give me the key to the room.’ I said, ‘I’m not going to give you anything.’

“He was 7-foot, and I was 4 feet and 11 inches.”

Still, Kurland and Pee Wee soon saw eye to eye, growing a friendship that would last a lifetime, built in the bowels of Gallagher Hall.

While the other athletes stayed on campus in dormitories, Williams and Kurland roomed together in the basement of the arena, sharing a room first with Tom Jaquet, then Joe Halbert — other basketball players. Williams worked with the teams, and Kurland swept the court and locked the doors at night.

“And make sure there wasn’t any messing around in the building,” Williams said.

Time has faded Williams’ memory on why they were the only players living in Gallagher, but he assumes it’s because it put him conveniently right next to the trainer’s room on the west side of arena in what is described as the basement.

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by John Helsley
OSU Reporter Sr.
John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was...
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