Ward To Be Inducted Into OSU Baseball Hall of Fame

STILLWATER, Okla. (http://www.okstate.com) — Gary Ward, the architect of 16 straight Big Eight Conference championships spanning three decades, will be the newest inductee into the Cowboy Baseball Hall of Fame.

The Hall of Fame banquet is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 12 at 7 p.m., in the Wes Watkins CITD building on the campus of Oklahoma State. Tickets for the event are $150 and people interested can RSVP through the Cowboy Baseball office at (405) 744-5849.

Ward was Oklahoma State's head baseball coach from 1978 through 1996 and guided the Cowboys to an unprecedented 16 straight conference titles, 17 NCAA regional appearances and 10 trips to the College World Series. Seven of OSU's world series appearances (1981-87) were in consecutive years, an NCAA record.

He compiled a record of 953-313-1 in 19 seasons in Stillwater, before retiring prior to the 1997 campaign. Ward came out of retirement and was the head coach for two seasons at his alma mater New Mexico State in 2001 and 2002, leading the Aggies to the Sun Belt Tournament championship and an NCAA appearance in 2002. Ward's career record of 1,022-361-1 (.739) is 13th best all-time in win percentage and 24th in the NCAA record books in wins.

Ward recently agreed to head Oklahoma State University's Homerun Club as well as assist with fundraising efforts to improve Allie P. Reynolds Stadium. Funds from the banquet will go toward those efforts.

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