First OSU Baseball All-American Dies

Tuesday, July 10th 2007, 7:03 pm
By: News On 6

ALTUS, Okla. (AP) -- The first baseball player for what is now Oklahoma State to receive All-America honors has died.

OSU officials say Joe Buck died Sunday in Altus in southwestern Oklahoma at the age of 76.

In 1951, the second of his two seasons at then-Oklahoma A&M, Buck was named to the American Baseball Coaches Association's first-team All-America list.

Buck, a catcher, led the team known then as the Aggies with a .382 batting average, 22 R-B-Is, 6 home runs and 6 doubles. Oklahoma A&M finished 9-8.

He hit .306 in 1950 as Oklahoma A&M went 15-7 and won the Missouri Valley Conference's Southern Division title.

After college, Buck signed a pro contract with the Boston Red Sox.

His funeral is planned for Wednesday in Altus.