Tulsa to Induct Three Former Athletes and the First Bowl Team into Athletic Hall of Fame
Jan. 29, 2002
Tulsa, Okla. - The University of Tulsa's first football bowl team and three former Golden Hurricane student-athletes will be inducted into The University of Tulsa Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday, February 2, 2002, at 5:00 p.m., in ceremonies at the Donald W. Reynolds Center.
The list of inductees include former basketball standout David Voss (Coweta, Okla.), baseball All-America pitcher Cliff Butcher (Tulsa, Okla.) and football star Steve August (Jeannette, Pa.). The 1941 Football Team, which made the school's first bowl appearance at the Sun Bowl, is the ninth team to be recognized by the Hall of Fame in the special Honor Team category.
A three-year letterwinner who was considered as one of the greatest shooters in the first fifty years of Tulsa basketball, David Voss (Basketball, 1957-61) was a two-time all-Missouri Valley Conference selection. He earned all-league honors in the 1959-60 and 1960-61 seasons. He completed his career with 1,074 career points for a 14.3 average, and led Tulsa in scoring both his junior and senior seasons. Voss had a 15.2 scoring average in 1959-60, and averaged 16.6 points during the 1960-61 campaign. He also led the Hurricane in free throw percentage his final two seasons by connecting on .792 and .835 percent from the charity stripe. As a senior, Voss tallied a career-best 42 points against North Texas State.
Cliff Butcher (Baseball, 1969-71) was a hard throwing right-hander who posted a career record of 22-14 and an earned run average of 2.91. He was a key member of Tulsa's 1969 College World Series runner-up team that posted a 39-5 record. Butcher earned second-team All-America merits as a freshman in 1969 after posting a 10-2 record, and was the leading pitcher in the Missouri Valley Conference in that season with a 1.49 ERA. He was an all-MVC selection in 1969 and 1971. Butcher holds the record for most appearances in school history with 56, including 39 as a starter and 17 in relief. He had a 10-6 record and 2.60 ERA in 1971, before leaving school following that season to join the San Diego Padres.
A three-year starter for the Golden Hurricane football team, Steve August (Football 1972-76) is recognized as one of the school's top offensive linemen. He earned first-team all-Missouri Valley Conference accolades in 1976 by both the Associated Press and United Press International. August was a third-team Associated Press All-American in his final season. As a senior, Tulsa's offense led the Missouri Valley Conference in total offense with 336.0 yards per game. August played in the East-West Shrine Game and Senior Bowl following his senior season, and was a first round draft choice of the Seattle Seahawks. He played in the NFL with both the Seahawks and Pittsburgh Steelers
The 1941 football team made the school's first appearance in a bowl game, as the Sun Bowl game in El Paso, Texas on January 1, 1942, began Tulsa's streak of five straight New Years Day bowl appearances. The 1941 squad, the first under the legendary Henry Frnka, posted an 8-2 record, won the Missouri Valley Conference with a 4-0 mark and closed out the campaign with a 6-0 victory over Texas Tech in that initial bowl contest. The Golden Hurricane captured regular season victories over Creighton, St. Louis, Oklahoma State, Wichita State, North Dakota State, Baylor and Drake. Tulsa's two losses came by six points in the season opener against TCU, and a seven-point loss at Arkansas.
The Athletic Hall of Fame banquet will take place at the Reynolds Center multi-purpose gymnasium prior to the Tulsa-Nevada men's basketball game on Saturday, Feb. 2. Banquet tickets are $20.00 per person and can be purchased by calling the Golden Hurricane Club at 918-631-2342 by Thursday, Jan. 31.
2001 TULSA HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES
DAVID VOSS * Basketball, 1957-61
CLIFF BUTCHER * Baseball, 1969-71
STEVE AUGUST * Football 1972-76
2001 TULSA HALL OF FAME HONOR TEAM
1941 Football Team * Sun Bowl Champions