>> 1950: Youth and experience were facing off in the 36-hole final of the Odessa Invitational golf tournament at the Odessa Country Club. Calvin Rhodes, a 38-year-old from Dallas would go up against 19-year-old Tommy Roberts of Hobbs. Rhodes advanced to the tournament’s final when he defeated Dick Martin after being down four at the nine-hole turn. Roberts knocked off West Texas champion Bob French and Bill Roden to book his spot. … Odessa High football coach Joe Coleman scheduled 11 games for the following season. The Bronchos’ home opener would be against San Jacinto of Houston.
>> 1987: The Wichita Pilots knocked off the Midland Angels 4-2 despite coming off a 12-inning game and a 12-hour bus ride from Kansas the night before. Wichita’s Chris Knabenshue was eager to play the Angels, hitting a two-run triple in the win. The result put the Angels at 2-5 in the second half of the Texas League’s Western Division. … SMU president A. Kenneth Pye was pushing for an investigation into rules violations in all sports on the university’s campus. The school was placed on probation in August 1985, any violations occurring after then would leave athletic programs vulnerable to the death penalty. SMU’s 1987 football season had already been canceled.
>> 1995: Chris Roberson was named All-Permian Basin Baseball team MVP for the 1995 season. He was set to continue his playing career at Hill College in Hillsboro, but before that he moved to Grapevine to play in the Dallas Connie Mack League over the summer. The former Permian catcher was looking forward to playing every day before starting the next step of his career.
>> 2015: Richmond Champion was shifting his season into high gear, starting at the West of the Pecos rodeo at Buck Jackson Arena in Pecos. A year before, Champion had pocketed $1.1 million by winning the bareback competition at The American rodeo in Arlington. He called the rodeo in Pecos a great way to get the motor running. … Karl Anthony-Towns and Jahlil Okafor were viewed as some of the top prospects in the 2015 NBA Draft. Towns, who starred at the University of Kentucky, wound up being selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves with the first pick, while Duke’s Okafor went to the Philadelphia 76ers at No. 3.