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. In 60 times at bat, he had 20 hits, for a .333 batting average; batted in 15 runs, and scored 16 runs. As a sophomore in 1959, he was an outfield starter for the Bears. In 1955, Byron was a leading member of the first group of Garland Little League players who earned berths on the Garland H.S. varsity baseball team. Playing first base for the district champions, he batted .363 and was named first team All-District. As a junior in 1956, Byron was second in the district with a .425 batting average, led the league with 17 hits and 16 runs batted in, and again was named the All-District first baseman. In Byron's senior season in 1957, Garland won district, bi-district, and regional championship, before losing to Bryan Adams in the state tournament. Team captain Byron had a .333 batting average and for the third consecutive year, was named the All-District first baseman, as Garland completed its outstanding season with 17 wins and only six losses. Byron also earned second team All-District honors as a guard for the 1956 Garland H.S. state Class 3A champion football team and played varsity basketball. A long-time administrator with the GISD, Byron currently serves as the principal of the Sam Houston Middle School.