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All-Around Athlete Receives Additional Honor

Laura Nelson on 07/10/2012 Hamilton, in the white jersey, blocks a shot.—OPSU photo Hamilton, in the white jersey, blocks a shot.—OPSU photo Goodwell, Okla.—Named one of Oklahoma's Greatest Athletes in 2003 by the Tulsa World, one of the most celebrated all-around athletes in the region will be inducted into the 2012 class of the Aggie Hall of Fame in September.

In 1951, Goodwell native Carl Hamilton earned All-State honors in basketball his senior year in high school. In the fall of that same year, he earned New Mexico Conference (also known in later years as the Frontier Conference) honorable mention at Panhandle A&M College as a back on the Aggie football team in his hometown.

Competing in one sport in college requires a high level of commitment from student athletes, but Hamilton was a rare player who was an active contributor in three collegiate sports, starting at least three years in football, basketball, and baseball.

During his Aggie football career, the team secured the conference championship in 1953 and 1954 and tied for the top spot in 1952. In 1954, his senior year, Hamilton was named to the all-conference first team and was also an All-American honorable mention.

On the basketball court, he was a top scorer, playing center and forward for the Aggies and he also pitched 3 years on the baseball team. In 2004, Hamilton helped celebrate the opening of the new OPSU baseball complex by throwing out the first pitch.

He also played American Legion baseball in Guymon, and according to his wife, Carol, the Boston Red Sox offered Carl a pitching contract, but a professional career was not to be. At 17, Hamilton was too young to sign and his dad refused to sign for him, insisting that the young man stay home and help farm. Instead, Hamilton finished a bachelor of science in social studies and coached high school football and taught history in Hardesty and Stratford before moving to California. He returned to Goodwell in the early 80s, continued to coach and teach and then retired in 1996. He and Carol still make their home in Goodwell.

Other 2012 inductees include Bernard Hill, Julian (Pee-Wee) Miller, and the 1993-1994 women's basketball team. The induction ceremony will be Fri., Sept. 7 at 7 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom on the OPSU campus. Banquet tickets may be reserved by contacting Jerry Olson at 580.206.0184 and cost $20 per person. Seating is limited, so reserve your spot soon!