Hall of fame basketball player and World War II veteran

Jesse “Cab” Renick was born in 1917 in Love County, Oklahoma, and grew up playing basketball from a very young age. Renick, who was of Chickasaw and Choctaw descent, went on to play for Hale’s Tire Shop — an Amateur Athletic Union team. Two years later he was selected to play on both the Murray State College basketball and football teams in Tishomingo, Oklahoma. He ended up being named an All-Star in the Missouri Valley Conference for both of these sports.

From there, the athlete went on to start for the Oklahoma A&M University Aggies basketball team in Stillwater, Oklahoma (now known as Oklahoma State University). He left Oklahoma A&M to serve in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

In 1945, Renick joined the Phillips 66ers basketball team to start back up his athletic career after leaving the Navy. Three years later, Renick and four of his teammates joined nine other players from around the United States to make up the U.S. Olympic basketball team for the 1948 Olympic Games in London, England. Renick served as the team captain and led the United States to win an Olympic gold medal. Renick became the second Native American in Oklahoma history to win an Olympic gold medal.

Upon returning from the Olympics, Renick coached basketball and taught at the Albuquerque Indian School. He was inducted into the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame, the American Indian Hall of Fame and the Chickasaw Nation Hall of Fame. He passed away on November 25, 1999, at age 82.

Accomplishments

  • Second Native American from Oklahoma to win an Olympic gold medal
  • Inducted into the Chickasaw Nation Hall of Fame in 1996
  • Inducted into the American Indian Athletic Hall of Fame in 1973
  • Inducted into the Oklahoma State University Hall of Fame in 1999