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Leamon King


Inducted February 16, 1967

Graduate of Delano High School where he won the State 220 yard dash as a freshman. Won both the 100 and 220 as a junior. Equalled the world record in the 100 yard dash (9.3) at 1956 West Coast Relays in Fresno, running for university of California. Ran on the United States Olympic teams in 1956, member of Olympic record setting 400 meter relay team. Pacific Coast conference 100 and 220 yard champion in 1957 and National AAU 100 yard champion. Equalled existing world record of 10.1 for 100 meters twice in October, 1956. Wilda (Willie) Mae Turner One of the world’s greatest female softball pitchers. Played for Mears Lumber Company in Bakersfield at age of 11 and for Coca-Cola and the Progressive Optical team at age of 14, competing in the World Softball Tournament. Had consecutive winning streaks of 102 and 46 games for World Amateur Alameda team in 1938 at the age of 16. Turned professional with Parichy Bloomer Girls of Chicago and won 153 games in six years. Was voted to All-Star team each year. Pitched a perfect game in 1946 (no runs, no hits, no walks, no runner reached first base). Pitched 104 consecutive scoreless innings in 1948. Became first professional manager after retirement in 1952, closing active career with an overall earned run average of 0.14. Now lives in the Chicago area.