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Oklahoma Athletes and Sports Leaders

Learn from the oral histories of Oklahoma's most influential athletes, coaches, owners, and other sports leaders and how their legacies shaped Oklahoma.

Learn From These Influential Oklahomans

Allan Trimble

Allan Trimble

Jenks High School Football Coach

Beloved high school coaching legend who won championships, battled ALS, and left an incredible legacy of leadership.

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Barry Switzer

Barry Switzer

Football Royalty

This football legend rose from an unconventional childhood to Super Bowl royalty.

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Bart Conner

Bart Conner

Gold Medalist American Gymnast

Our nation's most accomplished male gymnast, the only American to win gold at every level of competition.

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Bill Rollings

Bill Rollings

Tulsa Baseball

Bill Rollings saved professional baseball for the city of Tulsa. He tells of the rocky history of the Oilers and the Drillers.

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Bob Barry, Sr.

Bob Barry, Sr.

Sportscaster

For half a century, his voice was synonymous with Oklahoma football.

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Bob Kurland

Bob Kurland

Basketball Player

Oklahoma's own "7-footer" Olympic medalist.

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Bud Wilkinson

Bud Wilkinson

Football Coach

American football coach, broadcaster, and politician.

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Dale McNamara

Dale McNamara

Golfer and Coach, TU

Dale built the TU women's golf program from the ground up and it grew to be the gold standard in the sport.

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Dave Whitlock

Dave Whitlock

Fly Fisherman

World-renowned fly fisherman whose talents include painting, illustrating, writing, photography, fly tying, and lecturing.

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David Morgan

David Morgan

Race Car Driver

A Tulsa insurance executive during the week with a very successful 10-year weekend racing career.

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Eddie Sutton

Eddie Sutton

Basketball Coach

With 804 career wins, he has earned a place in Oklahoma college basketball history.

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Johnny Bench

Johnny Bench

Baseball Player

The small-town Oklahoman who grew up to be "Baseball's Greatest Catcher."

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Ken Trickey

Ken Trickey

ORU Basketball Coach

An influential leader who brought national attention and competitive success to ORU basketball.

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Marques Haynes

Marques Haynes

Harlem Globetrotter

A unique talent for basketball took him from small-town America to the world.

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Porter Reed

Porter Reed

Baseball Player, Negro League

As an athlete in the Negro Leagues, he played baseball with the greats.

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Reuben Gant

Reuben Gant

Football Player

After a successful career in the NFL with the Buffalo Bills, Gant returned to Tulsa and became a community leader.

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Ted Owens

Ted Owens

Basketball Coach

With nine Big Eight tournament titles, he's widely recognized as one of the top collegiate coaches in the country.

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Voices of Sports Legends

Voices of Sports Legends

A collection from Wayne McCombs

This collection of events and interviews from sports historian Wayne McCombs is a treasure trove of sports history.

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Warren Spahn

Warren Spahn

Baseball Pitcher

The greatest major league left-handed pitcher of all time.

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