2012 Honor Team

1972 Garland Owl Baseball Team

In spring of 1972, it had been 17 years since Garland High School had won a district baseball championship and this group of athletes had something to prove. The most recent district title was claimed in 1957. That team was coached by Homer Johnson when GHS competed in a 3A district. By 1972, Garland High had grown to compete in a 4A district and was coached by Gary Reeves.

The Owls finished the 8-4A season with a record of 8-2. They defeated Carrollton R.L. Turner High School in a three-game series at Reverchon Park in Dallas for the District Championship. The Owls lost the Bi-District contest to Hurst L.D. Bell, two-games-to-one. The final game was an eighth-inning rain-delayed loss.

Seven of the Owl baseball players were named either first or second team All-District, selected by the coaches of District 8-4A. Mike Brooks was selected as Player of the Year. Gary Reeves was chosen Coach of the Year. Rick Clopton was the district’s leading hitter with an average of .605. Mike Arnold hit .419.

In addition, this team included the first African American to play baseball in GISD, pitcher Don Smart.