Texas Black Sports Hall Of Fame To Induct Ten Members To Mark 10th Anniversary

By Off the BASN Sports Wire
Updated: November 28, 2005

StallworthDallas-The Texas Black sports Hall of Fame at the African American Museum in Fair Park will add ten new members at its annual banquet December 3, 2005.held at the Wyndham Anatole Hotel in Dallas.

The Texas Black Sports Hall of Fame was established to chronicle the contributions made by African Americans who were born, lived, or played in Texas, to the history of sports. Each year ten athletes and /or coaches are recognized. Nominated athletes must have been retired from sports for at least five years and must possess exemplary sportsmanship and citizenship records. There is no retirement requirement for coaches. The general public submits the nominees, and a panel of judges makes the final selection.

Over the past few years the Hall of Fame has included legendary Dallas Cowboy Stars Tony Dorsett and Drew Pearson. The list of sports luminaries also included the late Dick “Night Train” Lane, NFL Hall of Famer; Rafer Johnson, who is a charter member of the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame, the Hillsboro, TX, native competed in the Decathlon and won the Gold at the Rome Olympics in 1960. He went on to become an actor and successful businessman; Elvin “Big E” Hayes, the first player selected in the 1968 NFL college draft, he was a three time All American player at the University of Houston where he twice led the Cougars to the NCAA Final Four; Barbara Jacket, head coach of the 1992 Olympic women’s track team in Spain; Ernie Banks, former player with the Chicago Cubs; and Bill Blair, former player with the Indianapolis Clowns, both were former Negro Leagues Baseball players.

The 2005 Inductees to the Texas Black Sports Hall of Fame are:

Hon. Royce West (Football): State Senator Royce West of Dallas started his football career at Pearl C. Anderson Jr. High School. He went on to play football and basketball for the Wilmer Hutchins Eagles and received a football scholarship to the University of Texas, Arlington where he was a wide receiver. West went on to the University of Houston where he received his law degree. He was elected to the Texas State Senate in 1992 and is the senior partner of the law firm of West and Gooden, P.C.

Dave Bethany (Coach): Dave Bethany, a Toledo Ohio native, joined the teaching and coaching staff at Texas Southern University in 1968. Shortly thereafter, Bethany became the head track and field coach, a position he held for 27 years. During that time his teams went to the Southwestern Athletic Conference Championships to bring home 46 titles between 1972 and 1994. Bethany’ won more team championships than any coach in the history of the SWAC and was named SWAC Track Coach of the year 18 times and National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics National of the year four times. His teams won 6 NAIA Championships. During his coaching career Dave and his assistant coach Porter Robinson developed 20 Olympic athletes and 50 International competitors. The highlight of Bethany’s career was his teams third place finish in the 1985 Women’s NCAA Championship. Coach Bethany died February 2, 2000.

Leon H. O’Neal II (Football): In 1968 the Killen TX native was the first African American recipient of a football scholarship to the University of Texas. He only attended the school for a year and was sidelined by injuries. O’Neal transferred to Southwest Texas where he was a member of one Championship team. O’Neal played professionally with the San Antonio Toros, and the San Antonio Bulls. He left pro football to get married and to complete his education at Prairie View A&M University. After graduation he taught and coached for the Hensley Sapenter School District in San Antonio. He then went on to be Head Coach of Varsity Soccer at Killen’s Ellison High School where he coached several championship teams. He stayed with the Killen school system for 25 years before retiring.

Charles L. “Tank” Marshall (Football): Marshall, a Dallas native, lettered in football and basketball at Roosevelt High School, where he played on the 1972 State High School Basketball Championship Team and earned an All State Honorable Mention in football as a senior. He played as a defensive end for four years at Texas A&M and was the 1977 Aggie Heart Award winner. Marshall also earned 1st All Southwestern Conference Honor in his junior and senior years and an All American 3rd Team Honor. In 1977 he was drafted in the third round by the New York Jets. O’Neal played one year in Canada with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and completed his professional football career with the Houston Oilers. He is currently the Manager of the Public water Supply Program for the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. He maintains his contact with football working with coaches and athletes during football camps at Texas A&M.

John Payton (Basketball-Coach): Payton was a four-sport letterman at Dunbar High School in Livingston TX. At Prairie View A&M University he was on the football, basketball and track teams. In 1954 Payton was two time All American in football and was the second leading rusher in the school’s history. Payton started his coaching career at Scott High School in Woodville, TX in 1956; by 1970 he was on the coaching staff at Lamar University in Beaumont, TX and remains there to this day. Payton has been honored many times over the years, most recently by his induction into the Texas High School Basketball Hall of Fame and the Lamar Cardinal Hall of Honor in 2004.

Debra E. Sapenter-Christopher (Track): Sapenter -Christopher showed her superior skills both in the classroom and the athletic field from her early days as a student in the San Antonio Public School system to Prairie View A&M University, where she won two USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Ms. Sapenter-Christopher won the silver medal in the 400-meter dash at the 1975 Pan American Games and was a member of the 1976 United States Olympic Team winning a silver medal in the women’s 4 by 400 meter relay at the Montreal Olympics. She’s worked as a teacher and high profile cooperate executive, and currently resides in Austin, TX.

Dave “The Rave” Stallworth (Basketball): Stallworth, a graduate of Dallas’ James Madison High School played at Wichita State where he was the school’s first consensus All American player. In 1965 he was drafted in the first round of the NBA draft by the New York Knicks, he played with the Knicks from 65 – 71. Even though Stallworth suffered a heart attack in 1968 he came back in 1970 to help the Knicks win a world Championship. In 1971 he was traded to the Baltimore Bullets. He next played for the Washington Capitols before ending his NBA career with the Knicks in 1975. For nearly 25 years he’s worked for Boeing in Bellaire, Kansas.

William Sims (Coach): Sims played football basketball and tennis at Fredrick Douglas High School in Sherman, TX. Along with his brother T.A., Sims won the AA State Championships three years in a row (1954-1956). He went on to play on the tennis and basketball teams at Huston-Tullitson University. After college Coach Sims returned to his alma mater to lead the tennis team to several state championships. He also coached at Kirkpatrick H.S. in Fort Worth from 1967 to 1972. Sims is a member of the Texas African American Coaches Associations Hall of Honor.

Robert Brown (Coach, Track): Brown began his coaching career at Houston’s M.C. Williams Jr. High School, winning district championships from 1964 to 1967. His career continued in the Houston Independent School District until January 2001 when he retired. During his career he coached football and track and middle and high schools. From 1999 to 2004 he was the head basketball coach at St. Marks Episcopal School and led the team to the district championship in 2005.

Sam Wicks (Sports Journalism): A graduate of Lincoln High School and Texas State University (now Texas Southern University) Samuel L. Wicks has devoted more than half a century to the documentation, preservation and promotion of the African American in sports. Starting out as a reporter for the Dallas Star Post he also worked for the Dallas Express, The Post Tribune, The Star Post and as sports publicist for Bishop College. Currently he’s Circulation Director at the Dallas Post Tribune and is President of Black Dallas Remembered.

The newest members of the Texas Black Sports Hall of Fame will receive their honors at the annual banquet held at 7 p.m. on Saturday, December 3, 2005 at the Wyndham Anatole Hotel on Stemmons Expressway in Dallas. Tickets are $50.00, for information contact the African American Museum, 214 565-9026 ext 309.

Season Sponsors for the African American Museum are American Airlines, Bank of America, Blockbuster Entertainment, Bussey Trucking Company, Coca Cola Bottling Company of North Texas, The Dallas Morning News, ExxonMobil, Kimberly-Clark Corporation, State Fair of Texas, TXU Energy, Texas Instruments, The UPS Foundation, Wells Fargo, WFAA-TV and Wyndham International Hotels and Resorts.

Corporate Partners include: Albertson’s, Ben E. Keith Company, Brown Benjamin and Associates, Coca Cola Bottling Company of Texas, Content L.L.P., DCTV, Dallas Mavericks, Frito-Lay, Inc., Guaranty Bank N.A., KPMG, Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr, P.C., Neiman Marcus, 7-Eleven, Stephy’s Inc., and Wyndham International Hotels & Resorts.

The African American Museum, a Smithsonian Institution affiliate, is supported, in part, by funds from the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs, The Texas Commission on the Arts and The National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.


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