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Stephens had three hits in single inning for Red Sox


A farewell to people with Oklahoma ties who enjoyed the game day experience:

Glen Stephens, 86, of Granbury, Texas. The former Oklahoma resident played big league baseball for several teams. In 1953, while with the Boston Red Sox, Stephens became the first player in baseball's modern era (since 1900) to have three hits in a single inning. The mark stood for 50 years until another Red Sox alum, Johnny Damon, matched Stephens' feat in 2003. Stephens, who attended the University of Arkansas on baseball and basketball scholarships, went to work for Oklahoma-based Kerr McGee after he retired from baseball.

Susan Pena Harkness, 66, of Oklahoma City. She was the brand manager for OG&E. Known for creative sponsorship development in the sports marketing industry, which included OU, OSU, the Thunder, ASA softball and the Oklahoma River as an Olympic venue.

Tommy Greer, 84, of Ponca City. An all-around athlete at Duncan High. Greer played football, baseball and golf and ran track. He was an All-State football pick in 1951 and earned a scholarship to Oklahoma.

Doris Westfahl Dean, 95, of Oklahoma City. She played basketball at Okeene High School.

Len Erikson, 87, of Edmond. Erikson captained the high school swim team in his native Chicago.

Danny Selph, 48, of Oklahoma City. He played baseball in the Tri-City Athletic Association and the Optimist Club. The Putnam City West graduate was an electrician.

Dan Hector, 80, of Ponca City. The Air Force veteran once piloted a plane that transported the Oklahoma State basketball team to road games. He loved motocross and spent many hours helping prepare the dirt track in Ponca City.

Connie Ramsey, 85, of Depew. A longtime girls high school basketball coach who compiled more than 300 wins. Ramsey, who is in the Oklahoma Girls Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame, coached at his alma mater (Depew) as well as Inola, Latta and Maud. He guided Depew to the 1969 Class B state championship, which was one of several appearances his teams made at the Big House on the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds. As an athlete, Ramsey excelled as a high school basketball player and as a pitcher in adult league softball.

Todd Dye, 57, of Edmond. He starred at quarterback and in track for the Northeast Vikings. He started at QB over the 1978-80 seasons, then won the 800-meter state championship in 1979. Dye was also a successful amateur golfer. He competed in several Oklahoma City-area pro-ams.

Ruth Holladay Tate, 90, of Midwest City. In 1944, she and sister Helen formed the first pep squad in Midwest City High School history. Ruth was the Bombers' head cheerleader for two years. Later in life, Ruth co-founded the Midwest Ladies Golf Club at the John Conrad course.