A farewell to people with Oklahoma ties who enjoyed the game day experience:
*Vey Alonzo of Portland, Maine, grew up in Roosevelt in southwestern Oklahoma. He played for the high school baseball team and pitched the program’s first no-hitter. A Navy veteran who served five tours during the Vietnam War.
*Billy McCool, 69, of Summerfield, Fla., played part of the 1970 baseball season with the Tulsa Oilers. He was 2-3 with a 5.25 earned-run average and 36 strikeouts for Tulsa, then the St. Louis Cardinals’ Triple-A farm team. In 1966, then with the Cincinnati Reds, McCool was a National League All-Star. He was 8-8 with a 2.48 ERA and 18 saves. McCool was left unprotected in 1968 and was drafted by the new San Diego Padres. He later authored a book — “The Billy McCool Pitching Digest: A Guide to Effective Baseball Pitching.”
*Jim Livingston, 92, of Muskogee was an all-around sportsman. He was a flight instructor for the Army Air Corps during World War II. Livingston was a fitness buff and set several records at bases he was assigned. He later helped two softball teams win national championships and carried a 210 bowling average. An avid golfer who had tee times in ports such as Alaska, Scotland, England, France, Singapore and Bali.
*Martha Clark Alford, 81, of Hobart attended Leon High School. She played varisty basketball and softball and also ran track. A devoted fan of the Hobart Bearcats, Oklahoma Sooners, Texas Rangers and Oklahoma City Thunder.
*Tomasene McAlister Ingram played basketball at Fay High School in the mid-1950s. She attended Oklahoma State, where she participated in intramural field hockey, basketball and ping pong. Later coached softball.
*Chris Pierce, 62, of Oklahoma City was a longtime baseball fan, with a special interest in the Los Angeles Dodgers. One of Pierce’s most memorable baseball moments was attending Game 6 of the 2011 World Series between the St. Louis Cardinals and Texas Rangers. The banker was also a diehard OU Sooners fan. Pierce attended many OU-Texas football games at the Cotton Bowl.
*Don Walston, 77, of Ada was a longtime bowler and golfer. He spent 20 years as secretary for the Ada Bowling Association and rolled two perfect 300 games after age 60. On the golf course, he sank a hole-in-one at age 62.
*Bill Burns, 51, of Tecumseh was an auto parts salesman who was an exceptional bowler. He had two 300 games to his credit.
*Cameron Williams, 30, of Anadarko was a martial arts enthusiast who had a third-degree blackbelt.
*JoAnne Selleck Woolsey, 87, of San Antonio was once the archery coach at Casady School in Oklahoma City.
*Bobby Estell, 83, of Vacaville, Calif., raced stock cars as a young man. The Gotebo native was an OU athletics supporter.
*Mark Dale, 63, of Oklahoma City was a cheerleader for Duke Blue Devil athletic teams while working toward a civil engineering degree. He was a homebuilder in Nichols Hills, Gaillardia and other northwest Oklahoma City locations.
*Johnny Mack Shephard, 55, played baseball and basketball at Arpaho High School. He was a commercial airline captain at the time of death.
*Robert Waring, 85, of Oklahoma City made annual fishing trips to Alaska.
*Worth Crosswhite, 85, of Edmond enjoyed drag racing. He won a national race in 1958. Crosswhite was an exceptional target shooter. He also enjoyed OU sports, particularly football. He attended several Sooner football games over the years with friends and family.
*Larry White of Oklahoma City died eight days shy of his 65th birthday. White attended the University of Central Oklahoma, where he captained the Bronchos’ golf team. He was a teaching professional at Kickingbird Golf Course. A classic cars enthusiast who worked in the insurance, brokerage and web design fields.
*Mable Goodrich Craun, 95, of Edmond played varsity basketball in the 1930s for Arcadia High School. A state champion singer.
*David Polk, 55, of Ardmore worked in insurance. Off time was spent volunteering at Fellowship of Christian Athletes camps. He led the Ardmore High School FCA chapter for four years.
*Lester Vogt III marched on football Friday nights with the Glenpool High School band. A longtime fan of the San Francisco 49ers and Oakland A’s. He died at age 34.
*Dr. Orland Lee, 90, wrestled in the 1940s for Blackwell High School and competed in the state tournament. He became an accounting professor, teaching at Lamar and Southwest Texas. Lee retired to Stillwater and was an avid OSU Cowboys fan. Many years ago, he helped provide transportation for OSU wrestlers, driving several to out-of-town matches when the program had a small travel budget.
*Jimmy Hollis, 68, of Muskogee was a mechanical draftsman. He attended an Oktaha Tigers basketball game — where he met his future wife, Judy Fuller.
*Dwain Stehr, 77, spent 10 years working for the Clinton Golf Course.
*Robert Zucker, 86, of Shawnee raced stock cars as a young man. He remained a racing enthusiast and followed NASCAR. By trade, Zucker built Arby’s restraurants throughout the country.