Tributes: Oral Roberts' first baseball coach, former Holland Hall field hockey coach die

A farewell to people with Oklahoma ties who enjoyed the game day experience.
by Scott Munn Published: December 23, 2013
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A farewell to people with Oklahoma ties who enjoyed the game day experience:

*Lavoy Hatchett, 83, of Tulsa helped establish the math department at Oral Roberts University. He was also the school's first baseball coach, guiding the then-Titans to a 40-37 record over the 1966-68 seasons. Hatchett remained involved in the athletic department after baseball, spending 33 years as the official scorebook keeper for the basketball teams.

*Tulsa Holland Hall High School graduate Sarah Adams played field hockey at the University of Richmond. After earning a degree in sociology, she returned to Holland Hall, where she was the field hockey team's head coach and taught physical education. In 2009, Adams started missionary work in Africa, with a focus on children affected by AIDs. She died at age 32 from injuries suffered in a car accident in Zimbabwe.

*Alfred Oulds of Ponca City was a golf instructor. He served as an assistant golf pro at the Ponca City Country Club and then Pawnee Prairie in Wichita, Kan. Oulds spent several years as head pro at the Creve Coeur Golf Course in St. Louis. He was named Gateway Section Teacher of the Year while at Creve Coeur. Oulds returned to Ponca City to retire, but he continued to teach golf to adults and kids at The Practice Tee. He also attended several PGA tournaments, including The Masters in Augusta, Ga. Oulds died at age 86, and per his request, his body was donated to medical science.

*Detroit native Jeffery Jones attended Langston University, where he earned a journalism degree. He worked in several businesses by trade and spent down time officiating basketball, softball and baseball in Oklahoma. The Muskogee resident died at age 51.

*John Geitgey, 94, of Jet played college football at Northwestern State in Alva. He was a fan of both Oklahoma and Oklahoma State, often traveling to bowl games with wife Jane and friends. John Geitgey was a farmer by trade. A World War II veteran who rode on gliders that delivered heavy equipment to Allies in Europe.

*Marvin Baker, 88, of Oklahoma City won the State Fair Senior Stroll seven consecutive years. The World War II veteran prepared for the 2-mile speed-walk by walking hundreds of miles each year. Baker's last win was in 2001.


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by Scott Munn
Sports Assistant Editor
Scott Munn joined The Oklahoman/Oklahoma City Times sports staffs in October 1982. He spent a year as a formcharter, three years on the desk and 16 as a reporter. Scott has spent the last nine years as an evening assistant sports editor. Scott's...
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