Known as the "Super Chief" for his Creek heritage, Allie Reynolds earned a reputation for super performances with his super fastball in critical World Series and pennant-deciding games for the New York Yankees from 1947 through 1954. Born in Bethany, Oklahoma, on February 10, 1917, he played football at Oklahoma A&M College (now Oklahoma State University) from 1936 through 1938. He was pitching in an intramural game when Hank Iba, then baseball and basketball coach, asked him to pitch for the college team. That led to his professional career.
Reynolds built a 182-107 record during his thirteen-year major league career, which started with the Cleveland Indians in 1942. He also saved 49 games in 125 relief appearances. Beyond that, he won seven World Series games against only two losses for the Yankees, saved another five, and pitched two no-hitters during the 1951 pennant stretch. He beat the Brooklyn Dodgers 1-0 with a two-hitter in a classic pitching duel with Don Newcomb in the 1949 series and won the final game of the 1950, 1952, and 1953 series.
He beat Cleveland with a no-hitter on July 12, 1951, defying a baseball superstition by talking about it during the game. On September 28, with the pennant on the line, he shut out Boston 8-0 with his second no-hitter of the season, an American League record. Yogi Berra dropped a pop fly by Boston's Ted Williams for what would have been the final out, so Reynolds threw another fastball, and Williams popped out again to end the game.
After baseball Reynolds founded Red Earth, an American Indian celebration held yearly in Oklahoma City. He served as president of the American Indian Hall of Fame and Center of the American Indian, housed at the Kirkpatrick Center Museum Complex in Oklahoma City, before it merged with Red Earth to become Red Earth, Inc. He participated in UNITY (United Native Indian Tribal Youth). He owned the Atlas Mud Company and Reynolds Petroleum. His wife, Earlene, preceded him in death. Allie Reynolds died in Oklahoma City on December 27, 1994.
BIBLIOGRAPHY: "Allie Reynolds," Vertical File, Archives, Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Bob Burke, Kenny A. Franks and Royce Parr, Glory Days of Summer, The History of Baseball in Oklahoma (Oklahoma City: Oklahoma Heritage Association, 1999). Daily Oklahoman (Oklahoma City), 29 December 1994.
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