TEEGINS, eight others inducted

Tuesday, August 14th 2001, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ The late Bill Teegins, nine-time winner of the Oklahoma Sportscaster of the Year award, was one of nine people inducted into the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame on Monday.

Teegins died Jan. 27 in a plane crash in Colorado. He and seven other people associated with the Oklahoma State basketball program, as well as the two pilots, died when the plane went down about 40 miles east of Denver.

Teegins had spent 13 years as sports director for Oklahoma City television station KWTV. He was in his 11th season as play-by-play voice of Oklahoma State football and basketball.

Teegins was among five men inducted posthumously. The others were wrestling administrator and sportswriter Bob Dellinger, Oklahoma football coach Bennie Owen, Oklahoma football player Jim Weatherall and Muskogee High School football coach Paul Young.

Also inducted were former Harlem Globetrotter Geese Ausbie, former track star J.W. Mashburn, former Tulsa quarterback Jerry Rhome and former Oklahoma City University basketball star Arnold Short.

Owen is the person for whom the University of Oklahoma's football field is named. He coached the Sooners from 1905-26 and had a record of 122-54-16, with four undefeated seasons. Weatherall is the first Sooner to win the Outland Trophy and was a two-time consensus All-American.

Dellinger was former sports editor of The Daily Oklahoman. He was chief of operations at more than 300 wrestling events, including the 1984 Olympics and 22 NCAA championships. Young won 174 games in 25 years as a high school coach, and won four state titles at Muskogee.

Ausbie, a Crescent native, played for the Globetrotters from 1962-85. Mashburn ran at Oklahoma A&M from 1952-56 where he was a four-time All-American. He was part of the Olympic gold medal-winning 1,600-meter relay team in 1956.

Short was OCU's first basketball All-American. He scored 1,527 points in his three seasons and was an All-American in 1953 and '54. Rhome set 18 NCAA passing and total offense records at Tulsa, where he threw for 4,779 yards and 42 touchdowns during his career.