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Tributes: Former Roosevelt High, Tulsa Oilers standouts die

BY SCOTT MUNN Published: June 17, 2014

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.

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