Texas Best Professional Baseball Team
- Texas Rangers
- Houston Astros
Expansion team 1962.
Texas Best Female Athelete
- Babe Didrikson Zaharias
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
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
- Elvin Hays
Houston, 3 time All American, 1965-1968.
- Dick O’Neal
- Robert Kinney
1942 and 1943
- Jackie Robinson
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. )
University of Texas 1957 to 1976. 11 SW Conference Championships. Actually born in Hollis Oklahoma.
- Gene Stallings
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
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
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
- Forest Gregg
Cleveland, Toranto and Cincinatti
- Buddy Parker
Texas Best Boxer Hall of Fame
- George Forman
- Jack Johnson
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
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
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
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
- Prestonwood, Dallas
- The Quary Golf Club
San Antonio, Texas
Texas Golf Hall of Fame Museum
18th green, tournament players’ course
Texas Best Olympic Track and Field, Gold Medalist Hall of Fame
- Carl Lewis (Honorary Texan, Birmingham, Al.)
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
2 gold for sprints and 1 for the 4 x 100 relay in 1956.
- Walter Davis
1952 gold for high jump.
- Jill Sterkel
First woman to make 4 Olympic swim teams in 76,80,84, and 88.
- Jim Montgomery
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
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
Sunday matches in the spring and fall.
- Willow Bend Polo Club
5845 W. Park Blvd.
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
Won four Indy 500’s.
Mail: 6514 Toledo, Houston, Texas 77008
- Johnny Rutherford (Honorary Texan, Coffeyville, Kansas)
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
Eagle Pass, Texas
Bullfights are across the border in Piedras Negras, Mexico
- La Fiesta Bullring
Bullfights are across the border in Old Mexico.
Texas Best Bowling Alley
- Don Carters All Star Lanes
6343 E. Northwest Hwy.
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.