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 L-R:  Doug Handel, Clark Musser, David Longmire, Rod Palmer, Bill Vernon
Front row L-R:  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



Paul Lockwood, second from left, wins the
National 12-under doubles title - July, 1965



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



Paul Lockwood ranked Nationally # 1 in
12 Doubles and # 4 in 12 Singles - 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



L-R:  Molly Hannas, Kathy Kraft, Patsy Rippy, Susan Kraft, Lisa Barry, Debbie Strickland, - 1966



Paul Lockwood, Doug Bromley, and Jodie Davis win the Tulsa Jaycee Tennis Tournament - 1966



18 and under National Championships - 1966
Patsy Rippy is 2nd from the right on the front row
13 year old Kathy Kraft is fourth from the left on the fourth row



L-R:  Paul Lockwood, Janet Thomas, Buz Walters (top),
Lisa Barry (bottom), Susan Kraft, Kathy Kraft - 1966



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



1967 Sugar Bowl
Janet Thomas is third from left
Janet Thomas wins the 14 Singles and Doubles



1967 Sugar Bowl
Janet Thomas wins the Sportsmanship Award



L-R:  Janet Thomas, coach Don Holden, Kathy Kraft - 1967



Paul Lockwood National ranking - 1967



L-R:  Billie Jean King, Lisa Barry, Janet Thomas, Kathy Kraft, Susan Kraft - 1967



L-R:  Kathy Kraft, Susan Kraft, Lisa Barry, Janet Thomas
Sugar Bowl - 1967



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



Missouri Valley Intersectional Team - 1968
Janet Thomas is 3rd person from the left
Kathy Kraft is on the far right



12 and 14 National Championships - 1968
Lisa Barry is on the right



12 and 14 National Championships - 1968
Janet Thomas is on the second row on the right



12 and 14 National Championships - 1968
Susan Kraft is the second from the left
 


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



18 and under National Championships - 1968
Janet Thomas is on the back row, far right
Chris Evert is next to Janet Thomas
Kathy Kraft is in the third row, third person from the left



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



Missouri Valley Intersectional Team - 1969
Janet Thomas is on the far right of the front row
Kathy Kraft is on the far right of the back row



16 and under National Championships - 1969
Chris Evert is third row up, fourth from left
Janet Thomas is second row up, second from left
Susan Kraft is second row up, sixth from left



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



18 and under National Championships - 1969
Chris Evert is on the front row, 3rd from the right
Kathy Kraft is on the front row, 4th from the right
Janet Thomas is on the third row, 3rd from the right



Paul Lockwood National ranking - 1969



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



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



John Marshall High School Girls Tennis Team - 1970
Back Row L-R: Mary Endres, Kathy Carter, Barbie Bagwell, Mary Kemp
Front Row L-R: 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



Paul Lockwood playing the Tulsa Tribune Tennis Tournament - 1970
 


16 and under National Championships - 1970
Chris Evert is third row up, eighth from left
Janet Thomas is fifth row up, eighth from left
Susan Kraft is fifth row up, sixth from left



1970 Southern Championships
Janet Thomas is on the far left



L-R:  Kathy Kraft, Janet Thomas, Susan Kraft,
Ted Daniel, Coach Bill Austin, Paul Lockwood - 1970



18 and under National Championships - 1970
Janet Thomas is on the back row, sixth person from the left
Kathy Kraft is on the third row, 18th person from the left
Chris Evert is on the front row, sixth person from the left



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


1971 Junior Wightman Cup Squad
Kathy Kraft is the fourth person from the right



Paul Lockwood winning the Missouri Valley Sectional 18s - 1971



18 and under National Championships - 1971
Janet Thomas is on second row, last person on the right
Chris Evert is on the front row, 13th person from the left



Missouri Valley Intersectional Team - 1972
Janet Thomas is the far right person



18 and under National Championships - 1972
Janet Thomas is on second row, tenth person to the right



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.



1973 Junior Wightman Cup Squad
Janet Thomas is 2nd from right on the front row
 


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.
 


L-R:  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 L-R: Gerald White, Marcus Jobe, Jake Jones, Francis Baxter
Front Row L-R: Kirk Waite, Dick Villaflor, Dee Brown



Paul Lockwood - Bjorn Borg playing doubles - 1977



Central State University tennis team - 1977
Front Row L-R: Larth Keinzle, Charlie Bible, Mike Heppler, Rick McClain
Back Row L-R: 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
 


L-R:  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 September, 1965, article on Paul Lockwood winning the Tri-State Tennis Tournament in Amarillo, Texas.

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

  26. Click here to read a 1965 article where Paul Lockwood and Lynn Davis earn National rankings.

  27. Click here to read a 1966 article where Paul Lockwood and Lynn Davis earn National rankings.

  28. Click here to read a 1966 article on Paul Lockwood winning a National Championship and the results of other Oklahomas.

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

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

  31. Click here to read a 1966 article where Paul Lockwood, Doug Bromley, and Jodie Davis win the Tulsa Jaycee Tennis Tournament.

  32. Click here to read a 1966 article on Paul Lockwood reaching the finals of the Missouri Valley Sectional Tournament.

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

  34. 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.

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

  36. Click here to see the final 1967 Oklahoma ranking of Paul Lockwood in Boys 16s.

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

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

  39. Click here to see the draw sheet and results of Kathy Kraft in the 1968 National 16 and under singles tournament.

  40. 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.

  41. Click here to read a 1969 Tulsa World article on Jimmy Connors and Kathy Kraft playing in the 12th annual Tulsa Tennis Club Invitational Tennis Tournament.

  42. Click here to read a May 30, 1969, Tulsa World article on Kathy Kraft and others playing in the 12th annual Tulsa Tennis Club Invitational Tennis Tournament.

  43. Click here to read an article on Kathy Kraft winning three events at the 35th annual Tulsa City Tennis Tournament.

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

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

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

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

  48. Click here to see partial results of the Berkeley Tennis Championships held in Berkeley, California - 1970

  49. Click here to read an article on the 1970 Tulsa City Tennis Championships.

  50. Click here to see the results of the 1970 Tulsa City Tennis Championships.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  59. Click here to read a May 20, 1971, Holland Hall article about the school tennis team.

  60. Click here to read an article about Paul Lockwood signing a national letter of intent to play tennis at the University of Oklahoma.

  61. Click here to read a 1971 article on the Tulsa City Tennis Championships.

  62. Click here to see partial results of the 1971 Tulsa City Championships.

  63. Click here to see partial results of the 1971 Missouri Valley Sectional where Rick Lashley, Paul Lockwood, and Janet Thomas competed.

  64. Click here to see partial results of the 1971 Missouri Valley Sectional.

  65. Click here to see results of the 1971 Missouri Valley Sectional where Paul Lockwood and Janet Thomas win.

  66. Click here to see another article on Paul Lockwood winning the 1971 Missouri Valley Sectional.

  67. Click here to read a July 22, 1971, Tulsa Tribune article on Paul Lockwood.

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

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

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

  71. Click here to read a June 18, 1974, article on Paul Lockwood reaching the second round of the NCAA tournament.

  72. Click here to read a March 27, 1975, article in the University of Oklahoma newspaper, The Oklahoma Daily, about Paul Lockwood.

  73. Click here to read a July 14, 1975, Norman Transcript article on Paul Lockwood winning the Open division of the Norman Rotary Tennis Tournament.

  74. Click here to read an article on the University of Oklahoma winning the 1976 Big Eight tennis title.

  75. Click here to read another article on the University of Oklahoma winning the 1976 Big Eight tennis title.

  76. 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.

  77. 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.

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

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

  80. 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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