LUBBOCK, Texas - Seven former Red Raider athletes are slated for induction into the Texas Tech Athletic Hall of Fame and Hall of Honor during the Texas Tech-Texas A&M football weekend Oct. 23-24.
Comprising the Hall of Fame class are women's basketball player Angie Braziel, baseball players Keith Ginter and Chuck Harrison and football players Doug McCutchen, Bake Turner and Terry Turner.
The Hall of Honor class consists of a single member, former men's basketball letterwinner and coach Charlie Lynch.
The Hall of Fame/Hall of Honor Banquet will be held Friday, Oct. 23, starting at 6:30 p.m. in the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center Banquet Hall. The new honorees will be officially recognized prior to the football game the next day. Banquet tickets are $50 each and $500 for a reserved table of eight. Contact the Double T Association at (806) 771-4000 for tickets.
The Athletic Hall of Honor has been the single entity used to honor letterwinners and non-letterwinners for their accomplishments and contributions to Red Raider athletics since 1961.
This year's induction marks the second year of the separation of the Texas Tech Athletic Hall of Honor and the Texas Tech Athletic Hall of Fame.
In 2004, the Hall of Legacy was created by the Red Raider Athletic Department to honor individuals and corporations who have provided extraordinary financial support to Texas Tech athletics.
The Athletic Hall of Fame will recognize those athletes who earned entry through outstanding athletic performances. The Athletic Hall of Honor will reward those who make significant non-financial contributions to Tech athletics.
The 150 previous inductees into the Athletic Hall of Honor have been retroactively assigned to Hall of Fame and Hall of Honor on the basis of contributions.
2009 marks the fifth year that the Double T Association, the athletic letterwinners organization at Texas Tech, is handling the Texas Tech Athletic Hall of Fame/Hall of Honor voting and induction ceremony. An organization for all varsity letterwinners, the DTA's current membership conducted the 2009 Hall of Fame/Hall of Honor nominations and voting.
Braziel was named 1st team All-American in '99 by U.S. Basketball Writers Association and WBB News Service, and 2nd team All-American by Associated Press and WBB Journal. She was the Big 12 Player of the Year, 1st team All-Big 12 and Big 12 post-season tourney MVP in '99. A 2nd team All-Big 12 performer in '98, the juco transfer from Odessa College was also named to the All-Big 12 Tourney team in '98. Her 17.4 career points per game is third in school lists. Only Sheryl Swoopes scored more points as a Lady Raider among two-year players. A '99 graduate of Texas Tech, Braziel lives in Odessa and is in her first year as head girls basketball coach at Odessa Permian High School.
Ginter came to Texas Tech from Cypress College. He was named 1st team All-American as a junior in '97 by Collegiate Baseball, Sporting News, ABCA, and NCBWA. He was the '97 Big 12 Player of the Year and was twice a member of the 1st team All-Big 12 squad. Twice named to the ABCA All-Region VI team, his career featured a then-school record 29-game hitting streak. He has played in the big leagues with Houston, Milwaukee and Oakland, and most recently spent 2009 with the Charlotte Knights, the AAA affiliate of the Chicago White Sox.
Harrison was initially attracted to Tech as a football player, but it was on the baseball diamond where he made his mark. He led the nation in home runs per game and slugging percentage in '61, and re-wrote the school record books in the process. He played in the pre-SWC era so no all-conference awards were given. However, he was considered to be the first truly great baseball player in school history as evidenced by him being the first Red Raider to play in the major leagues with Houston and Kansas City. A two-year letterwinner on the football team as a sophomore and junior, the '67 graduate of Texas Tech now resides in Abilene.
McCutchen led the SWC in rushing in '70 with 1,068 yards, becoming the first 1,000-yard rusher for the Red Raiders and only the 5th in SWC history. Named 1st team All-SWC as a sophomore in '70, his 2,222 career yardage total was second only to Donny Anderson at the time and remains 9th on the TTU career rushing yardage list. After a career as a high school football coach, the '73 graduate of Texas Tech is now the athletic director for San Angelo ISD.
Bake Turner led the Red Raiders in receiving yards as a sophomore in '59 with a school record 444 yards, before being converted to running back his last two years. He left Tech the school record-holder for career punt return yards. He also punted for three years. He played in the Blue-Gray game following his senior year before embarking on a nine-year NFL career highlighted by a Super Bowl ring with the New York Jets in Super Bowl III. A member of the Texas Tech track team as well, he finished 4th in the SWC in Long Jump and 220 Hurdles as a senior and set the school record in the javelin. He now resides in Alpine, Texas.
Jerry Turner was a consensus All-SWC center and Honorable Mention All-American in '67. In the classroom he was an honorable mention Academic All-American. As a junior, he was 2nd team All-SWC in a season marred by injury in the A&M game. A three-year starter at center, he played in the Gator Bowl as a sophomore. He was honored his senior year by being named co-captain and recipient of the Pete Cawthon Award, the Golden Helmet Award for best lineman and the team Sportsmanship Award. He was described by head coach JT King as "best blocker we've had since EJ Holub" and played in the Shriners North-South game following senior year. In '84 he was named by Dave Campbell as the center on the Silver Anniversary Texas Tech team. A '68 alumnus of Texas Tech, he later graduated from the Vanderbilt University School of Law and now practices law in Austin.
Lynch was a three-year letterwinner in basketball in the late '50s. He played on the first Red Raider Southwest Conference basketball team. He was the third leading scorer on the team as a junior and senior and for his efforts was honored with 2nd team All-District VI as a junior. He served as assistant basketball coach at TTU under Gene Gibson for much of the 1960s. Lynch passed away in January.