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History of Sports in Oklahoma

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The University of Oklahoma[edit]

The University of Oklahoma also known as "OU" has been a power school for football since 1895. The team won 41 conference championships, and seven associated press national championships, making the Sooner's' football program the highly awarded school in the Big 12 conference. They possess seven national championships in football with 1950, 1955, 1956,1974,1975,1985 and 2000 seasons having the top team rated by the associated press. The University of Oklahoma's Football program has had many individuals win the Heisman Trophy. For a team with an offense led by Heisman winner Baker Mayfield, the key will be the play of the Sooner's defense and its best player, lineman Ogbonnia Okoronkwo. National NCAA football insider for The Athletic Bruce Feldman explains the importance of having strong defense and what that can do for a team. Though Baker Mayfield has been the most known player for sooner football. Okoronkwo's 17 and a half tackles for loss which ranks second in the big 12 says otherwise.

Oklahoma State University[edit]

The Oklahoma A&M Aggie's (Known as the Tigers) first debuted in 1900 and joined their first conference in 1915, the Southwest Conference. In 1925, they joined the Missouri Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Association. In 1928 the conference split into the Big Six. In 1945 the Aggie s took a National title with a 9-0 record led by Jim Lookabaugh as their coach. Cliff Speegle coached Oklahoma state in 1955 and that's when Ok A&M announced that they were joining what had become the Big Seven. Where they then changed their name to Oklahoma State University (Also known as the Cowboys). The next national title won by OSU was in 2011 when the team was coached by Mike Gundy with a record of 12-1. Gundy was promoted from Offensive coordinator and named immediately as Les Miles' successor (the previous cowboys coach).


Kevin Durant (Power Forward) Played for the Thunder 2007-2016

Oklahoma City Thunder[edit]

Oklahoma City Thunder is one of Oklahoma's biggest source of revenue in Oklahoma sports. The Oklahoma City Thunder is a professional basketball team based in Oklahoma City. The Thunder competes in the National Basketball Association (Known as the NBA) as a member club of the league’s Western Conference Northwest Division. The team plays its home games at Chesapeake Energy Arena. The Thunder’s NBA Development League affiliate is the Oklahoma City Blue, which it owns. The Thunder is the only team in the major professional North American sports leagues based in the state of Oklahoma. Hence, being Oklahoma's biggest source of sport revenue. The team, originally established as the Seattle Supersonics, an expansion team that joined the NBA for the 1967 through the1968 season. The Supersonics were moved in 2008 after a settlement was reached between the ownership group led by Clay Bennett and lawmakers in Seattle. In Seattle, the Supersonics qualified for the NBA playoffs 22 times, won their division six times, and won the 1979 NBA Championship. In Oklahoma City, the Thunder qualified for their first playoff berth during the 2009 through the 2010 season. They followed that success by winning their first division title as the Thunder in the 2010 through the 2011 season and their first Western Conference championship as the Thunder in the 2011 through the 2012 season, appearing in the NBA Finals for the fourth time in franchise history and first since 1996, when the club was based in Seattle.

The University of Oklahoma[edit]

Cade Cunningham (Guard)

The Sooners' success on the court during the 1908 through the 1980 era, posting just 16 losing records in their first 72 seasons. They were led by 9 different coaches during this period, beginning with Bennie Owen (who also coached the football team) and ending with Dave Bliss in 1980. The Sooners participated in the very first National championship in 1939. The Sooners made a second appearance in the championship game in 1947, losing 58-47 to Holy Cross. The program gained national prominence under Billy Tubbs when he took over in 1981. Star players Wayman Tisdale, Mookie Blaylock, and Stacey King guided the Sooners to several deep runs in the NCAA Tournament. In 1988, the Sooners reached the NCAA title game in Kansas City, where they were four points shy of their first national title in the 11-0 loss against the Kansas Jayhawks, a team which they had beaten twice in regular-season play. Though they still have yet to win a national title in basketball, the Sooners are on the come-up with their current coach Porter Moser. Moser brought Loyola-Chicago to the Final Four in 2018 and recently coached the Ramblers to a Sweet 16.

Oklahoma State University[edit]

Oklahoma State University began varsity intercollegiate competition in men's basketball in 1908. The Cowboys rank 35th in total wins against all NCAA division 1 programs, with an all-time win to loss record of 1517 to 1053 at the end of 2010 through the 2011 season. The Cowboys (including Aggies teams) have made 28 total appearances in the NCAA tournament with a 37 win 21 loss overall record, reaching the Final Four six times in 1945, 1946, 1949, 1951, 1995, 2004, and the Elite Eight eleven times. Oklahoma State won the NCAA Championship in 1945 and 1946. The Cowboys rank tenth (tied with three other programs) in all-time Final Four appearances and seventh in total NCAA Championships. Oklahoma States' most notable current player would be Cade Cunningham. Cunningham played in many high school programs as he was an exceptional basketball player. He played at schools such as Monteverde Academy, James Bowie High, and Barnett Junior.


Bricktown Dodgers[edit]

The Oklahoma City Dodgers are a Minor League Baseball team in the Triple-A west and the Triple-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers. They are located in Oklahoma City, and play their home games at Chickasaw Brick town ballpark which opened in 1998 in the city's Brick town district. The team was originally known as the Oklahoma City 89ers from 1962 to 1997 and played at All Sports Stadium. The 89ers competed in the Triple-A American Association in 1962, moved to the Pacific Coast League from 1963 to 1968, and returned to the American Association from 1969 to 1997. After the American Association disbanded, the 89ers rejoined the Pacific Coast League in 1998. The team renamed itself the Oklahoma Red Hawks from 1998 to 2014. The franchise affiliated with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2015 and changed its name to the Oklahoma City Dodgers. Oklahoma City has won four league championships. The 89ers won the Pacific Coast League championship in 1963 and 1965 as the Triple-A affiliate of the Houston Colt .45s (Known as the Astros). They later won the American Association championship in 1992 and 1996 with the Texas Rangers.

University of Oklahoma[edit]

L. Dale Mitchell Baseball Park (The University of Oklahoma's home field)

Oklahoma Sooners baseball is the NCAA Division I collegiate baseball team of the University of Oklahoma located in Norman, Oklahoma. The Oklahoma Baseball tradition is long and strenuous, with two National Championships in 1951 and 1994, along with numerous All Americans. Dale Mitchell, Bobby Jack, Jackson Todd, Glen Castle, and Keith Drumright all include two-time All Americans to play baseball for the University of Oklahoma Sooners baseball team. Their home field is L. Dale Mitchell Baseball Park, named after famed player Dale Mitchell. The baseball program was a source of recent controversy when the head coach, Larry Cochell, resigned after making racially insensitive remarks about one of the players on the team. Prior to 2006, the Sooners hosted regionals at minor league parks in Oklahoma City, first All Sports Stadium and then AT&T Bricktown Ballpark. Scheduling conflicts with the Oklahoma Red Hawks, the Class AAA affiliate of the Texas Rangers, led the Sooners to bid for future regionals at its on-campus stadium.

Oklahoma State University[edit]

Oklahoma State Cowboys baseball is the NCAA Division I varsity intercollegiate baseball team of Oklahoma State University, based in Stillwater, Oklahoma, United States. The team competes in the Big 12 Conference. The Cowboys' current head coach is Josh Holliday. Oklahoma State is a historically elite program with the sixth-most wins, sixth-most College World Series wins, and sixth-most College World Series appearances in college baseball history. They own the head-to-head record in the Bedlam rivalry with the University of Oklahoma. Oklahoma State is among the most successful and historical college baseball programs of all time. The program has accumulated a better all-time win percentage and more wins, regular-season conference titles, conference tournament titles, All-Americans, NCAA Tournament appearances, NCAA tournament wins, College World Series appearances, College World Series Finals appearances, College World Series wins and College Baseball Hall of Famers than any school in the Big 12 besides Texas. They have the sixth-most wins, sixth-most College World Series wins, and sixth-most College World Series appearances in the history of the sport. They have won 31 conference championships and 21 conference tournament championships as of the end of the 2019 season. The Cowboys have also earned 46 NCAA Tournament bids and have played in 20 College World Series, including a still-standing NCAA record seven straight from 1981 to 1987. The Cowboys have four players and coaches in the College Baseball Hall of Fame including Gary Ward, Tom Borland, Pete Incaviglia, and Robin Ventura. They won the national championship in 1959 led by pitcher Joel Horlen.


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