A salute to people with Oklahoma ties who enjoyed the game day experience.
*Army Airman Wiley Bell returned from World War II with a Bronze Star for heroism. He soon started a career with a cattle commission company based in the Oklahoma City Stockyards. Bell would then join an investment group that in 1959 opened 66 Bowl. The bowling alley sat along original Route 66, which is now known as NW 39 Expressway. Bell was manager of 66 Bowl from 1964 through 1978; he told The Oklahoman in a 2009 interview that the house remained open 24 hours “in the early years” because bowling was so popular and everyone wanted to learn how to play.
Bell was quite the player himself — in 1962, he pursed $1,000 for rolling the first perfect game (300) in the 30-year history of the Men's Singles Classic at the Hilander Bowling Palace. He was inducted into the Oklahoma City Bowling Hall of Fame's performance division in 1983. The Drumright native also fished for bass in the waters of Mexico, Canada and South America.
Bell was a resident of Oklahoma City when he died at age 95, two years after 66 Bowl closed.
*Ray Bond starred as a sophomore catcher for Oklahoma State's 1959 College World Series championship team. The Cowboys were not expected to contend that season but finished 27-5 after defeating Arizona for the title. He helped OSU reach the 1960 Series and caught Jim Wixson's no-hitter, which is just one of two thrown in CWS history.
Bond graduated from Capitol Hill High School, where he helped the Redskins win the Class A state baseball championship in 1957. Bond's single in the 10th inning drove home the winning run as Capitol Hill beat Northwest Classen 3-2 in the final. The 1957 All-Stater also played summer baseball for Herman's Sporting Goods in Oklahoma City.
Before working in the oil field service business by trade, Bond had a brief professional baseball career. He played the 1961 and 1962 seasons with the Tulsa Oilers, then the Texas League affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals. “I caught a few Grapefruit League games and got to meet people like Mr. (Stan) Musial, Ken Boyer, people like that,” Bond told The Oklahoman in a 1988 interview. “I could catch, but I couldn't hit. They threw too hard. I can identify with Bob Uecker.”
Bond died Sept. 24 in Oklahoma City at age 73.
*Thomas Whitaker worked for Oklahoma City Public Schools. As a young man, he played minor league baseball in the New York Giants organization. Whitaker and son Larry made a formidable duo in bowling. Thomas Whitaker was an Oklahoma City resident at time of death at age 85.
*Jack Welsh of Oklahoma City was a gastroenterologist by trade. He also authored books on medical practices during the Civil War. Sandwiched between research, he raced Hobie Cat catamarans throughout the U.S. Welsh died of cancer at age 83.
*Austin Hunter was an award-winning Little League Baseball player in Midwest City. He had a brief stay in Salt Lake City, Utah, where he won two medals as a wrestler. Hunter, who planned to join the Marine Corps after graduation, was a Carl Albert High School student at the time of death at age 15.
*Viola McDougal was an accomplished bowler who participated in local and traveling leagues. She was a member of the Women's International Bowling Congress. McDougal also played softball and tennis — she met her husband, Richard, on the tennis court at Huron College in South Dakota. Viola was a registered nurse by trade at St. Anthony and South Community hospitals. The Oklahoma City resident and mother of six died at age 87.
*Adam Steele was a land surveyor who recently married Jennifer, an Oklahoma City police officer. Adam excelled in academics and athletics at Antlers High School, where he was an honorable mention All-State defensive lineman. Adam stayed in shape through running, which included a love for marathons. He died from injuries suffered in a motorcycle accident. Adam, 34, was an organ donor.
*Former Oklahoma City Blazers star Marty Standish has decided to play a 14th season. The 34-year-old center signed with the Tulsa Oilers of the Central Hockey League. Standish, who will be in his fourth season with the Oilers, had 36 points last season. He's become more of a defensive player compared to his days with the Blazers, where he often skated on a line with the great Joe Burton. During the Blazers' 2000-2001 championship season, Standish and Burton were a nasty 1-2 punch. Burton had 110 points in 69 games, and Standish added 87 points in 63 games. During the offseason, Standish remains an Oklahoma City resident who flips houses.
0: The Seiling High School football team struggled in its Class B district game Friday against No. 5-ranked Garber, losing 46-0. The week before, on Sept. 21, the Wildcats' offense mimicked a runaway train. Seiling scored 90 points in its victory over Waukomis.