BY: Wann Smith
Proud To Be A Sooner
Historically, Breckenridge, Texas has been known for several things. Named after President James Buchanan's Vice President John Breckenridge, the city was established in 1857 when Stephens County residents designated and appointed Breckenridge as its county seat.
Breckenridge originally flourished as a cattle trade center and continued this way through the turbulent Civil War years and on into the 20th century. When oil was discovered in nearby Ranger in 1917, the population skyrocketed from just under 1,000 to more than 50,000 in a matter of 18 months as the town developed into a major hub for the oil industry.
Norman, Oklahoma -- Oklahoma became the 46th state on Nov. 16, 1907, which is why the Sooner State is celebrating its centennial this week. But there was little celebrating when the state observed its golden anniversary 50 years later, on Nov. 16, 1957.
MIAMI, Fla., Jan. 1 (AP)- Oklahoma's alert Sooners, with generous help from Lady Luck, turned six Duke mistakes into touchdowns today and smashed the Blue Devils 48-21 in the 24th annual Orange Bowl football game.
The late Dr. Prentice Gautt may not have been the greatest football player ever at the University of Oklahoma, although he was pretty darned good. Others before and since may have been stronger or faster or more talented; they would chalk up the school records and claim the Heismans. Still, in the history of the University, no one ever donned the crimson and cream who made a greater difference.
By Bob Hersom - The Oklahoman
Dr. Prentice Gautt, whose distinguished career included being the first black football player at the University of Oklahoma, died Thursday morning after a brief illness. Gautt's strides reached beyond football field.
He was a swift and elusive halfback on the legendary Breckenridge High School football teams of the Oil Boom '50s, in the University of Oklahoma backfield as it won a national collegiate championship and stretched a winning streak to a then-unprecedented 47 in a row, then went on to financial success as a Houston-based oil man.