1997 Inductees

Elaine Baker

Elaine Harwell Baker, assistant to the Athletic Director of the Garland Independent School District for more than a quarter of a century, is recognized by her induction into the Garland Sports Hall of Fame for her achievements in the Garland Schools Athletic Department, as the first woman athletic administrator in Texas. In 1985 this accomplishment resulted in her being the first woman inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame of Greenville High School, from which she was graduated in 1949. An employee of the Garland Independent School District for 34 years, Elaine came to the office of the Athletic Director after serving on the administrative staff at Bullock Elementary School for six years.

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Aurel Bittle

Aurel Bittle was a multi-sport athlete for Garland H.S. in the mid 1940s whose achievements brought him and his teams extensive recognition. Aurel's prowess in baseball greatly contributed to the Garland Owls winning the championship of the Dallas County Class A League in both 1945 and 1946. As a junior in 1945, Aurel won six league games, as the Owls took the league title with ten victories and no losses. When not pitching, he played third base. At the end of the season he was an unanimous choice for the all-league team selected by the coaches. The Owls, as league champions, were invited to the Texas State H.S. Baseball Championship Tournament in Dallas...

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Dr. Byron Landress

Dr. Byron Landress has completed a half-century of service as the team doctor for the Garland High School varsity football team, and his volunteer service is recognized by his induction into the Garland Sports Hall of Fame. Soon after Dr. Landress moved to Garland to begin his family medical practice on October 1, 1947, he began serving as the team doctor for the Owl team, coached at the time by Jerry Sellers. Through the reigns of 10 additional coaches: Bill Ellington, Homer Johnson, Chuck Curtis, Ernie Cunningham, Russell Coffee, Bob Boyd, Joe Boring, Scott Smith, Dennis Harris, and present mentor Joe Martin, Dr. Landress...

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Byron Willis

Byron D. Willis played 23 errorless games for Baylor University in 1961, handling 200 chances flawlessly. In 74 times at bat, he had 23 hits, for a .311 batting average; batted in 11 runs, and scored 16 runs. Byron was co-capital and first baseman of the outstanding Baylor team, which narrowly missed winning the Southwest Conference championship. Over the full season, the Bears won 18 games, lost only four, and had one tie. As a junior in 1960, Byron was the starting first baseman for another outstanding Baylor baseball team, which had a full season record of 15 wins and seven losses, and also was SWC runner-up.

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