The Henry G. Bennett Distinguished Service Award

 

Mr. Allie Pierce Reynolds
Businessman, Civic Leader, Reknowned Sports Personality

Allie Pierce Reynolds

Allie P. Reynolds began a remarkable athletic career at Capitol Hill High School in Oklahoma City, where he played under Coach Jim Lookabaugh. Although he accepted a football scholarship to Oklahoma State University, he starred track as well and excelled in baseball under the legendary coach, Mr. Henry P. Iba.

After leaving OSU, Mr. Reynolds pitched in the major leagues for the Cleveland Indians and New York Yankees. Over an eleven-and-a-half-year period, in a dual role as a reliever and starter, he amassed an amazing 182 wins and 48 saves. In nine World Series starts, he won seven games while compiling a 2.79 earned run average. In 1951, he became the third pitcher in major league history to pitch two no-hit games in one season.

After retirement from the Yankees in 1954, he built an equally successful career in business. He currently serves as president of both Reynolds Petroleum and Atlas Mud Companies. He is a stockholder and director of the Oklahoma City Eighty-Niners Triple-A baseball franchise and served as president of the American Association Baseball League from 1968 through 1971.

Mr. Reynolds has received recognition for work in civic affairs and humanitarian concerns. He serves as president of the American Indian Hall of Fame. In 1986, he received the Creek Nation's Medallion Award and was honored by the Center of the American Indian in a special recognition banquet. The Oklahoma Veterans of Foreign Wars have recognized him for service in promoting youth activities. Other civic duties include service with the YMCA, Muscular Dystrophy, Big Brothers, and the United Fund.

He has maintained close ties with OSU and has been a major benefactor of the baseball program. He and his late wife, Earleen, were honored in 1982, during dedication ceremonies for the Allie P. Reynolds Baseball Stadium.

He is a member of the OSU Alumni Association Hall of Fame, the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame, the OSU Centennial Advisory Commission, and was the 1986 OSU Homecoming Parade Marshal.

Through achievements in athletics and humanitarian activities, Allie P. Reynolds has brought prestige, honor, and national acclaim.

Year of Award: 1988