OKLAHOMA TENNIS HALL OF FAME

      

HISTORIC PICTURES AND ARTICLES
 

PICTURES

 

ARTICLES

     


Don McNeill from Chickasha coming back from two sets down to
defeat Bobby Riggs 7-5 in the fifth set in the finals of the 1940 U.S. Open.
Don also won the 1939 French Open Singles and Doubles.
 


Tom McSpadden (middle) and Bobby Riggs (right)
1942, Hawaii
 


1934 picture of Ray, Tom, and Vance McSpadden
 


Jack Kisner playing in the 1940
Arkansas City Invitational Tennis Tournament



Billy Buckley winning both the
Adult and Junior Texas Sectional in 1959
 


Central High School Tennis Team - 1960
Muskogee, Oklahoma
 


Phil Carter - Francis Baxter   8-26-1961
Oklahoma Closed Tennis Tournament



Ponca City East Junior High School Tennis Team - 1962
Back row coaches L-R:  Wally Smith, Steve Larimer
Middle row L-R:  Bill Meek, Robin Riley, Jimmy Hill, Bill Cramer, Phil Landauer
Front row L-R:  Lee Armstrong, Bruce Barger, Daryl Hess



Harding High School Tennis Team - 1962
Back row:  Doug Handel, Clark Musser, David Longmire, Rod Palmer, Bill Vernon
Front row:  Ralph Redwine, Tom Hilborne, Jerry Guffey, Jens Drolshammer, Rusty Franklin
 


L-R:  Sandy Barger, Pat Mehring, Jimmy Hill,
Sheryl Barger, Bruce Barger, Becky McNeese, Bill Meek
1963 Ponca City Open



L-R:  John Hampton, Dickie Smith, Jimmy Hill
Ponca City State Junior Champions:  1962-1964



Top Picture - Ponca City East Junior High School Tennis Team
L-R:  Wally Smith, Steve Skidmore, Bill Meek, Buddy Robertson,
Robin Riley, Dickie Smith, Terry Snow,  Jim Hill, Bill Cramer, Steve Larimer

Bottom Picture - Ponca City High School Tennis Team
L-R:  Mike McNeese, Charles Meek, Rodney Bucker,
Wally Smith, John Hampton, Kennis Smith, Bill Ashbaugh   1964



Northwest Classen High School Tennis Team - 1964
Roger Dabney, Joe Walcher, Coach David Hoke, Richard Perry, Jim Cobb
 


Ray Morris, Francis Baxter, Ellen Scheer  12-3-1964
 


Debbie Boring, Francis Baxter, and Lynn Davis
Oklahoma Open Tennis Tournament  6-2-1965



L-R:  Randy Matthews, Andy Martin, Maureen Quinn, Lynn Davis
Tulsa Open Tennis Tournament  6-15-1965



Jimmy Hill, far court, playing Daryl Hess
16 and Under,  1965 Ponca City Open



Mayor Shirk signing proclamation marking this "Oklahoma City Sports Week"
L-R  Leon Penn, Treasurer of the All Sports Association; Stanley Morris;
Mike Allison, Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce Sports;
Debbie Moss; Francis Baxter   8-8-1965



Sheryl Barger, top seed in Girls 16s
Oklahoma State Closed Tennis Tournament, 8-22-1965



1966 Seminole High School Invitational
Francis Baxter, Bob Williams, Dewey Allen, Gene Land, Wally Smith



Harding High School Tennis Team - 1966
L-R:  Francis Baxter, Jim Thompson, Steve Boudreau,
Drew Moore, Blaine McCown, Bill Gonso, Brian Mitchell



Ponca City High School Tennis Team - 1966
L-R:  Jim Hill, Dickie Smith, John Hampton, Wally Smith, Terry Snow, Rod Bucker, Chuck Meek



The University of Oklahoma Tennis Team - 1966
L-R:  Mike McSpadden, Vance McSpadden,
Steve Stockton, Hal McCoy, Jim Cobb, Dick Gilkey, Coach Jerry Keen



Oklahoma City University Tennis Team - 1966
L-R:  Gerald Schlief, David Dinelle, Roger Dabney, Jim Merrick,
Richard M. Perry, Joe Walcher, John Aitken, Jim Henson, Eddie Blackmon



Harding High School Tennis Team - 1967
L-R:  Francis Baxter, John Holt, Blaine McCown,
Frank Thompson, Chris Walker, Steve Boudreau, Brian Mitchell



Oklahoma City University Tennis Team - 1968
Back Row:  Richard M. Perry, Jim Hill, Ray O'Keefe, Jim Merrick, Colin Robertson
Front Row:  Roger Dabney, Brian Wilkerson, John Burkman, Karl Coombs
 


Oral Roberts University Tennis Team - 1968
L-R:  Ian Baudinet, Pekka Saila, Oral Roberts, Bernis Duke, Peter Van Lingen, Jose Brandi
 


Francis Baxter and the Missouri
Valley Leadership  10-8-1968



Oklahoma City University Tennis Team - 1969
Back Row L-R:  Jim Hill, Lindsay Straney, Colin Robertson, Karl Coombes
Front Row L-R:  Arturo Rojas, Brian Wilkerson, John Burkman



Francis Baxter - Andy Rheinberger
Oklahoma Closed Tennis Tournament   8-24-1969
 


Oral Roberts University Tennis Team - 1970
Back Row - Evan Phillips, Mario Pakozdi, Peter Van Lingen, Bernis Duke
Front Row - Kiyoshi Tanabe, Josef Solc, Eric Ulleberg



John Marshall High School Tennis Team - 1970
Back Row - Francis Baxter, Bill Brown, Lew Allman, Tra Pippin, Doug Howard, Jay Shanker
Middle Row - Pat Kempf, Peter Binstock, Tim Sprague, Bob Howard
Front Row - Dan Stroud, Don Houchin, Mark Shanker, Bill Thetford, Marty Feldman



John Marshall High School Girls Tennis Team - 1970
Back Row - Mary Endres, Kathy Carter, Barbie Bagwell, Mary Kemp
Front Row - Debbie West, Kathy McGuire, Pam Fleming, Jan Heller



Southeastern Oklahoma State University Tennis Team - 1970
L-R:  Larry Horn, Mark Milligan, Dwight Nuckolls, Clarence Dyer, David Bryant, Phil Carter, Kim Ketelson



John Marshall High School Tennis Team - 1971
Back Row - Jay Shanker, Tra Pippin, Doug Howard, Bob Howard
Front Row - Don Houchin, Tim Sullivant, Peter Binstock, Tim Sprague



Central State University Tennis Team - 1973
L-R:  Rich Fleet, Steve Tipton, Stan Wheeler, Bill Nelson, Marcus Kobe, Francis Baxter
 


1973 Executive Committee of the
United States Lawn Tennis Association (USLTA),
now called the United States Tennis Association (USTA).

Francis Baxter in center of third row up.
 

1974 Executive Committee of the
United States Lawn Tennis Association (USLTA),
now called the United States Tennis Association (USTA).

Francis Baxter in back row, third from right.
 


Left to Right:  Leonard Scott, Bill Nelson, Dick Peters, Kip Walls
Oklahoma Open Tennis Tournament   5-29-1975



Francis Baxter directing the 1976 Sooner State
Open Tennis Tournament at Ada, Oklahoma



Central State University tennis team - 1976
Back Row - Gerald White, Marcus Jobe, Jake Jones, Francis Baxter
Front Row - Kirk Waite, Dick Villaflor, Dee Brown



Central State University tennis team - 1977
Front Row - Larth Keinzle, Charlie Bible, Mike Heppler, Rick McClain
Back Row - Mike Fernandez, Jake Jones, Francis Baxter, Dee Brown, Philip Steward



1978 Boys Intersectional Team
L-R  Garth Haynes, Rick Cowden, Francis Baxter, Paul Batten, Martin Davis




Central State University District Champion tennis team - 1979
L-R:  David Moore, Scott Schropp, Raymon Docadou,
Lonnie Phillips, Rod Cabato, Keith Williams, Francis Baxter



Francis Baxter and Kerryn Whittaker, Aussie All-American    5-31-1987




Francis Baxter receiving the new Volunteer Award
from the United States Tennis Association -   April, 1988
 


Francis Baxter - 1989 Olympic Festival Tennis Coordinator



L-R  Fred Shuey, Peter Bronson, Jimmy Parker, David Bryant
August, 1996:  David Bryant and Jimmy Parker win the National 50 Grass Courts



David Bryant and Doug Rodwell ranked # 1 nationally in Men's 35 Doubles in 1997
 


Dick Gilkey, Dewey Allen


Francis Baxter, Dewey Allen
 


Keith Marshall


Bill Nelson, Dewey Allen, Kenny Nelson
 


Dick Gilkey, David Bryant, Patsy Rippy-Bond, Gend Land  -  December, 2000
 


2010 - Reunion of All-American Players
L-R:  James Wadley, Southeastern; David Bryant, Southeastern; Steve Prosser, Southeastern;
Jerry Hirst, East Texas; Curtis Richmond, Southeastern; Wayne Hirst, East Texas;
Front Row:  Steve Roemer, Southeastern
 

 
  1. Click here to view the May 1, 1938, article from the Muskogee Daily Phoenix newspaper on the McSpadden and Kisner families' tennis participation at Northeastern State Teachers College.

  2. Click here to view the results of a junior tournament with Vance McSpadden Sr. believed to have been held in the 1930s.

  3. Click here to view the results of a junior tournament with Tom McSpadden believed to have been held in the 1930s.

  4. Click here to view the results of a tournament with Ray McSpadden and Vance McSpadden Sr. believed to have been held in the 1930s.

  5. Click here to view the dual match results between Northeastern State Teachers College and Central Teachers College believed to have been held in the mid 1930s.

  6. Click here to view the newspaper article on the Muskogee Tennis Club Tournament believed to have been held in the mid 1930s.

  7. Click here to view partial results of the fifth annual Eastern Oklahoma Open Tennis Tournament believed to have been held in the 1930s.

  8. Click here to view more results of the fifth annual Eastern Oklahoma Open Tennis Tournament believed to have been held in the 1930s.

  9. Click here to see the dual match results between Northeastern State Teachers College and Arkansas University believed to have been in the 1930s.

  10. Click here to view partial results of the 1940 Arkansas City Invitational Tennis Tournament.

  11. Click here to see Jack Kisner playing in the 1940 Arkansas City Invitational Tennis Tournament.

  12. Click here to see the dual match results between Central High School in Muskogee and Seminole in the early 1960s.

  13. Click here to see more dual match results between Central High School in Muskogee and Tahlequah and Tulsa Rogers in the early 1960s.

  14. Click here to see partial results of the 1961 Oklahoma Closed Tennis Tournament.

  15. Click here to see results of Patsy Rippy and the 1961 Oklahoma Closed Tennis Tournament.

  16. Click here to see Patsy Rippy and other 1961 Henryetta Open results.

  17. Click here to read an article where the Ponca City East Junior High School wins the 1962 state championship.

  18. Click here to see partial results of the 1963 State High School Tennis Tournament.

  19. Click here to see the results of the 1963 Ponca City Open Tennis Tournament.

  20. Click here to see partial results of the 1963 Oklahoma City University Invitational Tennis Tournament.

  21. Click here to see the seedings for the 1965 State High School Tennis Tournament.

  22. Click here to read a June 15, 1965, Tulsa World article on the 1965 Tulsa Open Tennis Tournament.

  23. Click here to see results for the 1965 Oklahoma State Closed Tennis Tournament.

  24. Click here to read a November, 1965, article on Oklahoma tennis.

  25. Click here to see the results of the 1966 Norman Open Tennis Tournament.

  26. Click here to read a 1966 article on Janet Thomas winning the Sugar Bowl Tennis Tournament.

  27. Click here to read a 1967 article on Harding High School winning the Capitol Conference tennis championship.

  28. Click here to read a 1967 article on the Annual USLTA meeting in Puerto Rico where several Oklahomans including Patsy Rippy, Kathleen Kraft, and Janet Thomas were being considered for national rankings.

  29. Click here to see Richard Perry and other 1967 Oklahoma City Closed Tennis Tournament results.

  30. Click here to see the 1968 Oklahoma City University Tennis Team Brochure.

  31. Click here to see the results of the 1968 Norman Open Tennis Tournament.

  32. Click here to read an article where David Bryant and Steve Prosser upset OU and OSU players, Bruce Barrett and Cliff Price, to win the 1969 Norman Rotary Open Tennis Tournament.

  33. Click here to see the results of the 1969 Oklahoma Closed Tennis Tournament.

  34. Click here to see the 1970 Oklahoma City University Tennis Team Brochure.

  35. Click here to see the results of the 1970 Missouri Valley Sectional Tournament.

  36. Click here to read a 1970 article on Janet Thomas winning three age divisions at the Southern Tennis Tournament.

  37. Click here to read the article on the 1970 accidental shooting death of Oklahoma City University Tennis Coach Ray O'Keefe.

  38. Click here to see the 1971 Oklahoma City University Tennis Team Brochure.

  39. Click here to read an April, 1971, Oklahoma City University newspaper article on the tennis team.

  40. Click here to read a spring, 1971, Oklahoma City University newspaper article on the tennis team.

  41. Click here to read a 1971 article on Janet Thomas considering foregoing turning pro to attend college.

  42. Click here to read an April 16, 1971, Oklahoma City University Campus newspaper article on Dale Power and the OCU tennis team.

  43. Click here to read a May 7, 1971, Oklahoma City University Campus newspaper article on Karl Coombes and the OCU tennis team.

  44. Click here to read the 1971 Oral Roberts University Tennis Team Brochure.

  45. Click here to read a 1972 article on Janet Thomas being accepted into the Tulsa Tennis Club Invitational Tournament.

  46. Click here to read two articles on Janet Thomas being selected for the Junior Wightman Cup in 1973.

  47. Click here to read an article where Francis Baxter coached the United States team in the Von Cramm Cup.

  48. Click here to read a 1977 article and box scores where Central State defeated Southeastern to end their streak of sixteen years without losing to an Oklahoma tennis team.

  49. Click here to read a 1980 article on fourteen year old tennis phenom, Andrea Jaeger, competing in the Avon Tennis Futures Tournament at Central State University.

  50. Click here to read a 1996 article about Charl Bornman from the University of Central Oklahoma winning the NCAA Division II National Singles Title.

  51. Click here to read the results from four National tournaments in 1996 where David Bryant won four Gold Balls.

  52. Click here to see a 2009 picture of Oral Roberts University Tennis Coach Bernis Duke's 80th birthday gathering with former players.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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