Slingin' Sammy Baugh Named to Texas High School HOF

Saturday, May 8, 2010  |  Updated 8:11 PM CDT
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Slingin' Sammy Baugh Named to Texas High School HOF

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Slingin' Sammy Baugh

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Sammy Baugh, Koy Detmer, Peter Gardere and six others have been named to the Texas High School Football Hall of Fame.

Seven of the nine inductees were introduced Saturday during a news conference at the Texas Sports Hall of Fame. The inductees will be honored at a ceremony Saturday night.

"To go down the list and see some of the inductees -- some of the names, some great people who have come through the high schools of Texas -- it's just a real honor," Gardere said.

Baugh, who died in December 2008 at age 94, was represented by his son, David. Another inductee, former Oklahoma standout Thomas Lott, was delayed in traffic and couldn't make it to the news conference.

Sammy Baugh was the last surviving member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame's first class in 1963. In college, he led TCU to a 29-7-3 record and wins in the Sugar and Cotton bowls.

In 15 years with the Redskins, Baugh led Washington to two NFL titles. In 1943, he led the NFL in passing, punting and interceptions. In one game, he threw four touchdowns and intercepted four passes. He threw six touchdowns passes in a game twice. His 51.4-yard punting average in 1940 remains the NFL record.

Detmer played at Mission High School, where he threw for more than 8,221 yards and 82 touchdowns. At the University of Colorado, he holds the record for most touchdown passes in a year with 22. Detmer spent 10 seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles, starting a handful of games. He is now an assistant coach at Somerset (Texas) High School where his father, Sonny Detmer, is the head coach.

"I'm getting a taste of Texas high school football from a little different angle now, but I love it," he said.

Gardere threw for 5,754 yards at Houston's Robert E. Lee High School and was named an all-state punter. He was drafted by the Chicago Cubs but instead went to Texas, where he remains the only quarterback to lead the Longhorns to four wins over Oklahoma in the Red River Rivalry. He played two years in the Canadian Football League and is now in the commercial real estate business in Austin.

Other inductees are:

-- Dr. Mark Bing, Katy High School's team physician since 1982.

-- Joe Clements, who led Huntsville High School to a state championship in 1953 with a 15-0 record.

-- Bert and Bill Gravitt, twins who starred for Denver City in its 1960 state championship run with a 15-0 record.

-- Lott, who had three consecutive 1,000-yard rushing seasons at San Antonio's Jay High School and was a first-team Parade All-American in 1974. He later led Oklahoma to three Big 8 titles.

-- Theo C. "Cotton" Miles, who compiled a 211-79-9 record in 25 years of coaching, with stops at Dallas Skyline, Dallas Wilson and White Oak.

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