Bronze bust of baseball legend to be unveiled 12th annual golf tournament for benefit of Red Earth Recognizes accomplish

Posted on 08/14/2007

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK ­­- The Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club is the setting for the 12th Annual Allie Reynolds Memorial Red Earth Golf Tournament to benefit year-round educational programming at the Red Earth Museum and Festival in Oklahoma City. The golf tournament, scheduled Monday, August 27, is a fitting tribute to Oklahoma native and Muscogee (Creek) Indian Allie Pierce Reynolds, one of the founding fathers of the Red Earth Museum and Festival.

A bronze bust of Allie “Super Chief” Reynolds by award-winning Red Earth Festival artist Dan Brook of Waco, TX will be unveiled prior to the opening tee-off of the tournament. Red Earth, Inc. commissioned two bronze busts of Reynolds for permanent display at the Red Earth Museum in Oklahoma City, and at the Muscogee (Creek) Nation headquarters in Okmulgee.

The tournament, named in memory of Reynolds, one of major league baseball’s most feared pitchers in the 1940’s and 50’s, features five-member teams in 18 holes of scramble golf. A limited number of team sponsorships and individual player spots are available by calling (405) 427-5228.

Allie Reynolds was a Muscogee (Creek) Indian from Bethany, OK. His athletic accomplishments are legendary - college football, baseball and track all-star at Oklahoma State University; Major League Baseball pitcher for the Cleveland Indians and New York Yankees; and AAA American Association baseball commissioner.

Reynolds began his professional career with the Cleveland Indians where he notched 51 wins in five seasons. He then went on to star for the New York Yankees where he played on seven World Series Championship teams from 1947 to 1954. The six-time Major League All-Star appeared in 15 World Series games, winning seven of his nine starts for the Yankees and picking up four saves in six relief appearances.

The New York Chapter of the Baseball Writers’ Association named Reynolds as the “Player of the Year” in 1951, and the Sid Mercer Memorial Award was formally presented to Reynolds on February 3, 1952, a day after he received the Hickok Award as the “Outstanding Professional Athlete of the Year.”

Reynolds was in the first group of inductees voted into the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame in 1983. On August 26, 1989, Reynolds received the highest honor for a New York Yankee when he received a plaque in Monument Park beyond the centerfield fence at Yankee Stadium, and in 1993 he received the coveted Lifetime Achievement Award from the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame, “not just for his accomplishments in baseball, but also because of his uncountable contributions to his fellow man.”

Participants in the 12th Annual Allie Reynolds Memorial Red Earth Golf Tournament receive lunch on the golf course and the opportunity to purchase Mulligans. Prizes will be awarded for longest drive and closest to the pin. A post tournament dinner and awards presentation will follow the event.

Proceeds from past tournaments have benefited thousands of schoolchildren through year-round educational programming.

Co-chairs of the 12th Annual Allie Reynolds Memorial Red Earth Golf Tournament are Red Earth board members Bobbye Kay Reynolds Ferguson, Kathy Walker and Sharilyn Young.

Red Earth, Inc is a non-profit organization that promotes and presents the rich traditions of American Indian arts and cultures through educational programs, the annual Red Earth Native American Cultural Festival and the Red Earth Museum at Omniplex in Oklahoma City. To receive information about tournament sponsorships, or to participate, contact Red Earth, Inc. at (405) 427-5228 or [email protected].