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The official commemorative book of West Texas A&M athletics.

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  • t h e e a r l y y e a r s \

    The AThleTic TrAdiTion of

    W e s T T e x A s A & M U n i V e r s i T Y

  • / B u f f a l o t h u n d e r / B u f f a l o t h u n d e r 2008 by the Booksmth Groupall rghts reserved. no part of ths publcaton may be reproduced n any form or by any means, electronc or mechancal, ncludng photocopyng and recordng, or by any nformaton storage or retreval system, wthout pror wrtten permsson from the publsher.

    Publshed n the unted states of amerca by

    an mprnt of

    a wholly owned subsdary of southwestern/Great amercan, Inc.P. o. Box 305124nashvlle, tn 372301-800-358-0560www.thebooksmthgroup.com

    Publsher: stephen d. GddensPublshng Consultant: leeanne seelyManagng edtor: Jennfer dawn dayassocate edtor: hed l. t. tueyPhoto edtor: Bobby sagmller, VsbltyCreatve.comtext: dr. Blly smth; Jm hannafordBook desgn: susan Browne desgnPhotography: Jeremy enlow; Bobby sagmller, VsbltyCreatve.com, and unversty archvesstock Photography: front cover / Buffalo larry Jacobsen, 2007. used under lcense from stockphoto.com. leather texture selahattn BayraM, 2007. used underfront cover / Buffalo larry Jacobsen, 2007. used under lcense from stockphoto.com. leather texture selahattn BayraM, 2007. used under lcense from stockphoto.com. / Buffalo Matt nebuhr, 2007. used under lcense from shutterstock.com. 1 (and others) / old photo frame legh Prather, 2007. used under lcense from shutterstock.com. chapter openers / old paper wth frame dmtry Kosterev, 2007. used under lcense from shutterstock.com. thunder clouds Xtuv Photography, 2007. used under lcense from shutterstock.com. scalloped edge photo frame (here and others) robyn Mackenze, 2007. used under lcense from shutter-stock.com. 4 (and others) / tattered edge old paper texture najn, 2007. used under lcense from shutterstock.com. 8 / gold nugget steffen foerster Photography, 2007. used under lcense from shutterstock.com. 10 / spurs Jm Parkn, 2007. used under lcense from shutterstock.com. 16 / vntage baseball Patrca hofmeester, 2007. used under lcense from shutterstock.com. 18 (and others)/ old book pages Iwona Grodzka, 2007. used under lcense from shutterstock.com. 23 / vntage football Photodsc. 25 / WWII era helmet Jeremy swnborne, 2007. used under lcense from shutterstock.com. 26 / push pn Kmtu, 2007. used under lcense from shutterstock.com. 29 / flowers Brand X Pctures. 30 / tape measure Quaysde, 2007. used under lcense from shutterstock.com. 34-35 / normandy amercan Cemetery robn Jr., 2007. used under lcense from shutterstock.com. 40 / trophy Photodsc 50 / vntage crank telephone thomas Moens, 2007. used under lcense from shutterstock.com. 52 / stopwatch Photodsc 53 / perodc table Mchael d Brown, 2007. used under lcense from shutterstock.com. 54 / mercury statue tony Carr, 2007. used under lcense from shutterstock.com. lqud mercury argus, 2007. used under lcense from shutterstock.com. 55 / photo edge tatana53, 2007. used under lcense from shutterstock.com. 58 / box of sports gear Photodsc 61 / moon llustraton adam hcks, 2007. used under lcense from shutterstock.com. two footballs enko Balogh, 2007. used under lcense from shutterstock.com. 66 / chargng bson lee Prnce, 2007. used under lcense from shutterstock.com. 70 (and others) / plad book cover franssonkane, 2007. used under lcense from shutterstock.com. 71 and others / textured paper lumnouslens, 2007. used under lcense from shutterstock.com. 73 (and others) / polarod frame wth maskng tape samantha grandy, 2007. used under lcense from shutterstock.com. 75 / deckled photoedge dense Kappa, 2007. used under lcense from shutterstock.com. 79 / basketball net alexey averyanov, 2007. used under lcense from shutterstock.com. 81 / aged paper shevelev Vladmr, 2007. used under lcense from shutterstock.com. 83 / Polarod wth maskng tape samantha grandy, 2007. used under lcense from shutterstock.com. 94 / red whstle terekhov gor, 2007. used under lcense from shutterstock.com. 94 / paper texture olena savytska, 2007. used under lcense from shutterstock.com. 95 (and others) / strped fabrc argus, 2007. used under lcense from shutterstock.com. 100 / bowlng ball httng pns demd, 2007. used under lcense from shutterstock.com. 101 / bowlng trophy Photodsc. 103 / bowlng shoes Photodsc. 104 / softball bats and fence andrew Mcdonough, 2007. used under lcense from shutterstock.com. 108 / box-ng gloves Photodsc. 108 / target Photodsc. 108 / paper texture antonna Murawa, 2007. used under lcense from shutterstock.com. 109 / frame adam radosavljevc, 2007. used under lcense from shutterstock.com. 110 / stadum lghts debbe Vnc, 2007. used under lcense from shutterstock.com. 112 / band nstru-ments Paul Cowan, 2007. used under lcense from shutterstock.com. buffalo Mchelle radn, 2007. used under lcense from shutterstock.com. 50 yard lne aceshot1, 2007. used under lcense from shutterstock.com. 116 / folded newspapers Mkael damker, 2007. used under lcense from shutterstock.com. 117 / soccer ball n net Peafactory, 2007. used under lcense from shutterstock.com. 119 / soccer ball wth people altso, 2007. used under lcense from shutterstock.com. 123 / basketball court wth markng yulyan Velchev, 2007. used under lcense from shutterstock.com. 129 / square photo frame dense Kappa, 2007. used under lcense from shutterstock.com. 130 / buffalo John Krnc, 2007. used under lcense from shutterstock.com. 131 / vntage mcrophone Kameel4u, 2007. used under lcense from shutterstock.com. 134 / farmer and tractor n field GoodMood Photo, 2007. used under lcense from shutterstock.com. 138 / red wallpaper sam nadr, 2007. used under lcense from shut-terstock.com. 143 / sttched leather frame elnur, 2007. used under lcense from shutterstock.com. 144 / soccer ball Photodsc. 145 / soccer field wth markngs sabno Parente, 2007. used un-der lcense from shutterstock.com. 146 / crcles on squares background lus stortn sabor aka CVadrat, 2007. used under lcense from shutterstock.com. 147 / basketball close-up djapeman, 2007. used under lcense from shutterstock.com. 149 / antque texas map part steven Wrght, 2007. used under lcense from shutterstock.com.

    IsBn (standard): 978-1-934892-20-6IsBn (Premum): 978-1-934892-21-1

    lbrary of Congress Control number: 2008934423

    Prnted n the unted states of amercafrst prntng 2008

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  • introduction ...................................... 1

    chapter 1: The early Years................3

    chapter 2: The 1960s .......................39

    chapter 3: The 1970s .......................63

    chapter 4: The 1980s....................... 77

    chapter 5: The 1990s ..................... 107

    chapter 6: The 2000s .................... 133

    conclusion..................................... 159

    introduction

    chapter 1: The

    contents...................................... 1

    3

  • introductionAlmost from the first day students arrived at WT in 1910, sports wove a brilliant

    tapestry throughout the fabric of student life. Certainly no one then envisioned the

    packed crowds at Kimbrough Stadium that would watch the Sun Bowl-bound Buffs

    rewrite the record books in 1951 and send a ripple into the professional ranks.

    No one predicted that twins Earl and Myrl Goodwins transition

    from WT football to the professional ranks in 1928 would be only

    the start of WTs contribution to professional football.

    The Pottsville Maroons was a long run from the Miami Dolphins,

    Baltimore Colts, Dallas Cowboys, and Los Angeles Rams. Yet

    decades later, Mercury Morris, Duane Thomas, Jerry Don Logan,

    and Jerry Richardson would grace the prairie campus of WT and

    make their own headlines in the National Football League in

    the 1960s and 70s.

    No one prophesied the dominant athleticism of womens

    volleyball or the Boxs packed house that would watch the

    Lady Buffs deliver three-point salvos.

    Nonetheless, sports began at WT even before throngs

    of early Texas Panhandle settlers descended on Canyon to

    dedicate what students now call Old Main.

    No one predicted that twins Earl and Myrl Goodwins transition

    from WT football to the professional ranks in 1928 would be only

    The Pottsville Maroons was a long run from the Miami Dolphins,

    Baltimore Colts, Dallas Cowboys, and Los Angeles Rams. Yet

    decades later, Mercury Morris, Duane Thomas, Jerry Don Logan,

    and Jerry Richardson would grace the prairie campus of WT and

    make their own headlines in the National Football League in

    No one prophesied the dominant athleticism of womens

    volleyball or the Boxs packed house that would watch the

    I n t r o d u C t I o n \ 1

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    Chapter 1:

    The Early Years

    t h e b e s t t h a t i s i n u s

    t a l l e s t t e a m i n t h e w o r l d

  • The confines of early WT athletics were primitive by todays standards, even oddly melancholy.

    for nearly a century, athletes straned under the shadows of

    West texass old Man. they clashed on football fields wth and

    wthout helmets, on prckly prare grass and eventually smooth

    synthetc turf. Women lofted set shots wth first sx, then five

    players on the basketball court. (Modern-day basketball fans would find the juxtaposition of a grass court shared with distant herds of grazing cattle both amusing and unsettling.)

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