Texas Best Sports

Texas Best Professional Baseball Team

  • Texas Rangers
    Arlington, Texas
  • Houston Astros
    Houston, Texas
    Expansion team 1962.

Texas Best Female Athelete

  • Babe Didrikson Zaharias
    Beaumont, Texas
    Voted woman of the year six times by the associated press. She won every major golf championship at least once. Three time All American in basketball. Held or tied world records in four track and field events. Babe died of cancer in 1956. She has a memorial museum at 1750 I 10E, Beaumont, Texas 77704. 409-838-6681.

Texas Best Baseball Pitcher Hall of Fame 


  • Nolan Ryan
    Refugio, Texas.
    Born 1-31-1947
    Nolan Ryan broke the record for setting records in major league baseball. He holds over 50 major league records. Nolan is the only player to have his number retired by three professional teams California Angels, Houston Astros and Texas Rangers. Records include 319 wins, Most seasons pitched at 27, most strikeouts 5714 and most no-hit games at 7.

Texas Best Pro Baseball Players Hall of Fame 


  • Ted Lyons
    1923-1946, Chicago Whitesox, 260-130 lifetime pitching record.
  • Roger Hornsby
    St. Louis, with batting records of .401 1923, .424 1924 and .403 1925
  • Ross Youngs
    New York Giants. Admitted to the Pro Baseball Hall of Fame, 1972.
  • Tris Speakers
    Cleveland Indians on the 1920 World Series team. .344 lifetime batting average.
  • Ernie Banks
    1958 and 1959 National league MVP. Pro Baseball Hall of Fame, 1977.
  • Don Baylor
    19 year major league career. Current manager of the Colorado Rockies. Admitted to the Texas Sports Hall of Fame 1996.

Texas Best College Baseball Coach Hall of Fame 

  • Cliff Gustafson
    University of Texas. 21 Southwest Conference Titles and 17 College World Series.

Texas Best Professional Basketball Team 

  • Houston Rockets
  • San Antonio Spurs.
  • Dallas Mavericks

Texas Best Pro Basketball Player Hall of Fame 

  • Elvin Hays
    Played in 12 NBA All Star Games.
  • George Gervin
    Ranks 8th in the NBA all time scoring list in 12 years with the San Antonio Spurs.

Texas Best College Basketball All Americans 

  • James Krebs
    SMU, 1957.
  • Elvin Hays
    Houston, 3 time All American, 1965-1968.
  • Dick O’Neal
  • Robert Kinney
    1942 and 1943
  • Jackie Robinson
    Baylor, 1948

Texas Best High School Basketball Coach Hall of Fame 

  • Jimmy Kitts
    Athens High School, 1929-1930. Won a National High School Title.

Texas Best College Basketball Coach Hall of Fame 

  • W.J. Wisdom
    Tarlton Jr. College, 1921-1942. Won 86 consecutive Games and went undefeted for 4.5 years winniing 111 out of 112.
  • Don Haskins
    UT El Paso, 26 seasons. The only Texas coach to win a NCAA Division 1 National Title.
  • Floyd Wagstaff
    Tyler Jr. College for 30 years. 743 Wins- 225 Losses.

Texas Best Professional Football Team Hall of Fame 

  • Dallas Cowboys, Texas, USA
    One Cowboy Parkway, Irving, Texas 75063

Texas Best Pro Football Hall of Fame 

  • Yale Cary
    11 seasons with Detroit, 4 time all NFL defensive back. Pro Football Hall of Fame 1979
  • Roger Staubach
    Dallas Cowboys, 1969-1979. Pro Football Hall of Fame, 1985
  • Slinging Sammy Baugh
    Washington Redskins, 1937-1952. Pro Football Hall of Fame, 1963.
  • Bulldog Turner
    Chicago Bears, 1940-1952. Pro Football Hall of Fame, 1966.
  • Tom Landry
    New York Giants, 1950-1955. Pro Football Hall of Fame, 1990.
  • Doak Walker
    Detroit Lions, 1950-1955. Pro Football Hall of Fame, 1986.
  • Bob Lilly
    Dallas Cowboys, 1961-1974. Pro Football Hall of Fame, 1980.
  • Mean Joe Green
    Pittsburg Steelers, 1969-1981. Pro Football Hall of Fame, 1981.
  • Bobby Lane
    Chicago Bears, 1948, NY Bulldogs, 1949, Detroit Lions, 1950-1958, Pittsburg Steelers, 1958-1962. Pro Football Hall of Fame, 1987
  • Randy White
    Outland Trophy and Lombardi Award. Eight time All Pro with the Dallas Cowboys.
  • Bobby Dillon
    All American Safety at U.T. and four time Pro Bowler with the Green Bay Packers. Admitted to the Texas Sports Hall of Fame 1996.

Texas Best Heisman Trophy Winner 

  • Davey O’Bryan, 1938, TCU
  • Doak Walker, 1948, SMU
  • Roger Staubach, 1963, Navy
  • Earl Campbell, 1977, University of Texas
  • Andre Ware, 1989, Houston

Texas Best All Time Football Coach 

  • John Heisman

Texas Best High School Football Coach Hall of Fame 

  • Chuck Moser
    Abilene High School 1953 to 1959. Also coached at McAllen High School from 1946 to 1952. In the hayday of awsome West Texas football, Chuck Moser had a 55-20-0 record with three consecutive State championships and a 49 game winning streak.
  • Milburn Catfish Smith
    Did most of his coaching at Mt. Vernon, Texas, High School where he posted a record of 60-5-1
  • Gordon Wood
    Brownwood High School among others where he posted an amazing lifetime record of 405-88-12 with 9 state championships.
  • Pete Shotwell
    Did the majority of his coaching at Breckenridge High School and posted a lifetime record of 262-90-18 and retired in 1969.

Texas Best College Football Coach 

  • Darrell Royal ( Honorary Texan, Hollis, Ok. )
    Born 7-6-1924
    University of Texas 1957 to 1976. 11 SW Conference Championships. Actually born in Hollis Oklahoma.
  • Gene Stallings
    Paris, Texas
    Born 3-2-1935
    Played for Bear Bryant, coached under Tom Landry at Dallas for 14 years, and took over at Alabama in 1990 where he retired in 1996.

Texas Best Pro Football Coach Hall of Fame 

  • Tom Landry
    Misson, Texas
    Born 9-11-1924
    Dallas Cowboys, 1960-1988. Won 2 Super Bowls (1971 and 1977) out of 5 appearances. Admitted to the Pro Football hall of Fame, 1990.
  • Jimmy Johnson
    Port Arthur, Texas
    Born 7-16-1943
    Coach of the Dallas Cowboys 1983-1988. Won 2 Superbowls in 1992 and 1993. Jimmy is currently coaching the Miami Dolphins.
    Mail: 7500 W. 30th St., Davie, Fl. 33329.
  • Jack Pardee
    Washington Redskins
  • Forest Gregg
    Cleveland, Toranto and Cincinatti
  • Buddy Parker
    Detroit, 1951

Texas Best Boxer Hall of Fame 

  • George Forman
    Houston, Texas
  • Jack Johnson
    Galveston, Texas
    Born 3-31-1878
    The first black to win the heavyweight boxing championship. The search for the great white hope started as a result. Admitted to the Texas Sports Hall of Fame 1971 and the International Boxing Hall of Fame 1990

Texas All Time Best Golfer Hall of Fame 

  • Ben Hogan
    Won 4 US Open, 2 Masters, 2 PGA and the British Open
  • Lee Trevino
    Dallas, Texas
    Born 12-1-1939
    Won 2 US Open, 2 British Open and 2 PGA.
    Mail: 5757 Alpha Road, 620, Dallas, Texas 75240.
  • Byron Nelson
    From 3-11-1945 to 8-4-1945 Byron won 11 tournaments in a row. He also won a US Open and the Masters.
  • Don January
  • Ben Crenshaw
    Austin, Texas
    Born 1-11-1952
    Won the Masters in 1995.
  • Miller Barber
    The only three time winner of the U.S. Senior Open. He was admitted to the Texas Sports Hall of Fame 1996.

Texas Best Female Golfer Hall of Fame 

  • Betty Jameson
    LPGA Hall of Fame, 1968.
  • Kathy Whitworth
    Monahans, Texas
    Born 9-27-1939
    Won at least one tournament a year for seventeen consecutive years with eighty eight career victories.

Texas Best Golf Course 

  • Colonial Country Club
    Fort Worth, Texas Barton Creek Country Club – Fazio
    Austin, Texas
  • Champions
  • Prestonwood, Dallas
  • The Quary Golf Club
    San Antonio, Texas

Texas Golf Hall of Fame Museum
18th green, tournament players’ course
1800 Millbend
Houston, Texas

Texas Best Olympic Track and Field, Gold Medalist Hall of Fame 

  • Carl Lewis (Honorary Texan, Birmingham, Al.)
    Born 7-1-1961
    1984 won 4 gold, 1988 won 2 gold and in 1992 won 2 gold. University of Houston.
  • Jim Hines
    1968 2 gold.
  • Fred Hansen
    Cuero, Texas. 1964 gold in pole vault.
  • Dean Smith
    1952 gold in the 440 relay.
  • George Forman
    1968 gold in boxing.
  • Randy Matson
    1968 gold in shot put
  • Bobby Morrow
    Born 1935
    2 gold for sprints and 1 for the 4 x 100 relay in 1956.
  • Walter Davis
    1952 gold for high jump.
  • Jill Sterkel
    Born 1961
    First woman to make 4 Olympic swim teams in 76,80,84, and 88.
  • Jim Montgomery
    Born 1955
    Won 3 gold in the 1976 Olympics.

Texas Best Tennis Athletes Hall of Fame 

  • Maureen Connally Brinker
  • Dick Stockton

Texas Best Jockey Hall of Fame 

  • Willie Shoemaker
    Fabiens, Texas.
    7000 winning races for over 80 million winnings.

Texas Best Polo Team Hall of Fame 

  • Cecil Smith
    In 1939, Smith’s Texas Rangers swept every major polo title in England.

Texas Best Polo Club 

  • Houston Polo Club
    8552 Memorial Drive
    Houston, Texas
    Sunday matches in the spring and fall.
  • Willow Bend Polo Club
    5845 W. Park Blvd.
    Plano, Texas
    Sunday matches in May, June, September, October and November..

Texas Best Marksman Hall of Fame 

  • Ad Topperwein
    Set 14 world records in 36 years. In a 1907 exibition lasting 10 consecutive days, sponsered by Winchester Arms Ad Topperwein shot 2.25 inch wood blocks airborn at 25 feet and missed nine out of 72,500.

Texas Best Auto Race Track 

  • Texas International Raceway
    PO Box 970600
    Ft. Worth, Texas 76197
    This is a new track opening in April of 1997 with the Inaugural 500 on April 6th. The track has 150,000 grandstand seats and will feature NASCAR races. The Longhorn 500 indy car race will be held under lights June, 7 1997.
  • Texas World Speedway, Texas 6 at Texas 30, Bryan, Texas. 903-690-2500
    Grand Prix course and a two mile oval. Seats 26,000

Texas Best Race Drivers Hall of Fame 

  • A.J. Foyt
    Houston Texas
    Born 1-16-1935
    Won four Indy 500’s.
    Mail: 6514 Toledo, Houston, Texas 77008
  • Johnny Rutherford (Honorary Texan, Coffeyville, Kansas)
    Born 3-12-1938
    Won three Indy 500’s in 1974, 1976 and 1980. Oldest driver to win an Indy race.
  • Carroll Shelby
    Won 122 events in 7 years between 1954 and 1960.

Texas Best Boat Drivers Hall of Fame 

  • Eddie Hill
    Wichita Falls, Texas
    Drag boat driver

Texas Best Bull FightsSee the Bull Fight Museum at 5001 Almeda, El Paso, Texas 79905. 915-772-2711. 

  • Plaza De Toros
    Monumental Arizpe
    Eagle Pass, Texas
    Bullfights are across the border in Piedras Negras, Mexico
  • La Fiesta Bullring
    Laredo, Texas
    Bullfights are across the border in Old Mexico.

Texas Best Bowling Alley 

  • Don Carters All Star Lanes
    6343 E. Northwest Hwy.
    Dallas, Texas

Texas Best All Time Bowler 

  • Bill Lillard
    American Bowling Congress Hall of Fame, 1972.
  • Billy Welu
    Won 5 American Bowling Congress titles and won Masters Championships in 1964 and 1965.