Tributes: Former Tulsa Oilers pitcher Harry Parker passes away
Harry Parker was a right-handed pitcher for the Tulsa Oilers during the 1970 and '71 seasons. The St. Louis Cardinals prospect had an 8-6 record and 3.59 ERA in 1970.
A salute to people with Oklahoma sports ties who had a role in the game day experience.
*Harry Parker was a right-handed pitcher for the Tulsa Oilers during the 1970 and '71 seasons. The St. Louis Cardinals prospect had an 8-6 record and 3.59 earned run average in 1970; during the '71 season, Parker was 11-12 with a 3.70 ERA. He led Tulsa with 104 strikeouts and nine complete games. Parker played parts of six seasons in the majors, his best summer coming in 1973 with the New York Mets. He had an 8-4 record, 3.35 ERA, five saves and 63 strikeouts for a Yogi Berra-managed team that lost to the Oakland A's in the World Series. Parker died recently at age 64.
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*Marquis Landrum was an Ardmore native whose family moved to Hobbs, N.M., so his father, Carl, could establish a bank. Marquis played basketball for Hobbs High School, helping the Eagles win the 1956 and 1957 Class A state championships. With future NBA All-Star Bill Bridges as a teammate, Hobbs compiled a 57-5 record over those two seasons. While Bridges went on to play college ball at Kansas, Landrum opted for Yale. He completed a degree in English in 1961; spent three years in the Army; and then earned a law degree at Harvard. He would practice law and work in the family business, which is now known as Landmark Bank. Landrum died Aug. 25 at age 73.
*Murray Gullatt Jr. played high school football at Ada and remained an avid Cougars fan through life. A graduate of OU and Stanford, Gullatt worked in oil and gas exploration. He was the Oklahoma Board of Regents chairman from 1992-95, a period when David Boren was chosen as OU president. Off time was spent following Sooner sports and at Southern Hills Country Club, where he served in various capacities during PGA events at the Tulsa course. Gullatt was a Tulsa resident at the time of death at age 77.
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