1989 Inductees

Dr. Williard Brown

The late Dr. Williard Brown, founder and organizer of the Garland Little League and Baseball Commissioner for Garland youth baseball for nearly a decade, was selected for the Garland Sports Hall of Fame in recognition of his outstanding service to the community and his unselfish contributions to youth baseball. Dr. Brown moved from Chicago to establish his medical practice in Garland in 1941 and became a faithful and enthusiastic supporter of local school sports teams. In 1951, Dr. Brown was a leading figure in establishing the Garland Little League baseball program, which had begun a dozen years earlier on the East Coast.

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Laurie Corbelli

Laurie Flachmeier Corbelli achieved recognition as an outstanding world-class volleyball player, winning a silver medal with the United States team in the 1984 Olympic Games and being named the most valuable player in professional Major League Volleyball in 1987. Laurie was all-state for three years, playing on Berkner High School teams that were state finalists twice and semi-finalist one year. At Texas Lutheran College, she played on two NAIA national championship teams and was selected most valuable player in the two national tournaments. She also was selected for the 1977 U.S. Volleyball Association All-American team.

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Chuck Dicus

Chuck Dicus grew up a prominent part of Garland's Sports scene as an all-around athlete. Whether participating as a little league all-star or making a lay up in basketball, Chuck could be found giving it his best. As a senior at Garland High School in 1966, Chuck played quarterback for the Owls and was the team's top scorer with 59 points. But Chuck went on to achieve his greatest accomplishments as wide receiver for the University of Arkansas Razorbacks. During Chuck's sophomore season at Arkansas, he ranked seventh in the entire conference with 38 pass receptions for 589 yards and eight touchdowns.

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Homer B. Johnson

Homer B. Johnson's 27 years of outstanding service as Athletic Director of the Garland Independent School District beginning in 1963 is recognized by his induction into the Garland Sports Hall of Fame. He has guided the district athletic program as it has grown from the original Garland High School to encompass four additional high schools, plus numerous middle schools. Homer's involvement in Garland athletics began when he moved to the community during the WWII period. He was a member of the 1942 Owl bi-district champion football squad and a center for the undefeated 1943 regional champions.

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