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Sooner State Sports Shrines

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The exploits of Jim Thorpe, Shannon Miller and Mickey Mantle, among the highest-profile athletes in state history, are chronicled in numerous forms. However, they are not Oklahoma’s only notable sports stars, whose stories are told at a variety of museums and halls of fame. The Jim Thorpe Museum and Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame, in Oklahoma City, offers a shrine...

The Bounce-Back Kid

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Tulsa native Brian Flynn, in his sixth season pitching in major league baseball and fourth with the Kansas City Royals, has earned a reputation of perseverance, especially when it comes to overcoming injuries. The 29-year-old Owasso High School graduate bounced back most recently from a strained left ulnar collateral ligament, which landed him on the injured list to start this...

Bulls, Buckskins, Bays and Baseball

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Catch the excitement when Professional Bull Riders fill Tulsa’s BOK Center for heart-pounding action Aug. 10-11. Equine competition is also on display Aug. 2-10 at Oklahoma City’s State Fair Park with the American Quarter Horse Youth Association World Championship. Equestrians from all over the nation vie for prizes Aug. 25-Sept. 1 at the Tulsa Reining Classic at Expo Square. And...

A Racial Separation of Paths

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Once again, we’re deep into another season of baseball, and for those of us who love the sport like no other, much of its charm lies in its timelessness. It’s not just that baseball is one of the few sports with no clock, meaning that any game could theoretically go on forever (just as they sometimes seemed to do during...

Baseball and Softball Elites

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It’s a big month on diamonds in Oklahoma City as the Big 12 Conference’s softball and baseball championships unfold. May 10-11 features the softball finals at the USA Softball Hall of Fame Complex. The baseball championships run May 22-26 at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. For a full schedule for both, visit big12sports.com. The fun continues with the NCAA Women’s College World Series...

Spring Games Abound

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Baseball is back. The OKC Dodgers, the Triple-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers, celebrate with fireworks at their home opener April 4 against San Antonio; the series continues through April 8. Other games this month at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark are April 16-18 against Omaha, April 19-22 against Iowa and April 29-30 vs. Round Rock. The Tulsa Drillers, the...

Looking to Bounce Back

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There’s simply no way to avoid it – 2018 was tough for the Baltimore Orioles, the team for which Owasso High School-ex Dylan Bundy has pitched the last three seasons. The O’s lost a franchise-record 115 games, traded most of their best players and fired manager Buck Showalter at season’s end. Bundy, 26, started a career-best 31 games but lost 16,...