OKLAHOMA CITY - The Oklahoma Sports "Hall of Fame" increased by seven new members after a ceremony held here in the city earlier this week.
Former Sooner legendary quarterback Jimmy Harris, who never lost a game during the glory Bud Wilkinson years in the mid-to-late 1950's, former Oklahoma City University football star Leroy "Ace" Gutowsky and former OSU and NFL offensive lineman John Ward were all enshrined posthumously.
The four living members inducted were: Clay Bennett, the majority owner of the Oklahoma City Thunder NBA team and former organizer of the 1989 U.S. Olympic Festival here in the city. Current Kansas head basketball coach Bill Self enters the local "Hall of Fame" after a standout high school career at Edmond Memorial and then his days as a player and assistant at OSU and his head coaching stops at Oral Roberts, Tulsa, Illinois and now KU.
The first gymnast to score a perfect "10" in Olympic competition is a member of the Class of 2013. That would be Nadia Comaneci, the wife of former Sooner legend and fellow perfect "10" Olympic gold medalist Bart Conner. Comaneci was humbled by her induction, saying she can't recall another athlete from a foreign country enshrined in the Oklahoma "Hall" (she's from Romania).
And finally, former OU wrestling great Wayne Baughman was also inducted after a brilliant career on the mat under the rugged late, great former Sooners head coach Port Robertson.