PFB - There’s not a single wrestler in the Oklahoma Hall of Fame.

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I don't like to dump PFB stuff on this site and the mods may do something with this, but this is too important to not share. I totally didn't know this.

John Smith, Ed Gallagher and the Hall of Fame Snub No One Is Talking About

The Naismith Hall of Fame announces their class every year, and every year when it’s announced Eddie Sutton’s name is not called. Oklahoma State fans, rightfully so, are infuriated with the result.

There’s another hall of fame discussion that receives little attention and may be similarly deserving of the criticism the hoop hall receives for its snub of Sutton.

Neither John Smith and Ed Gallagher are in the Oklahoma Hall of Fame. In fact, there’s not one wrestler in the Oklahoma Hall of Fame.

Athletes like Kevin Durant, Wayman Tisdale, and Russell Westbrook, coaches Barry Switzer, Henry Iba, and Darrell Royal, gymnasts Bart Conner and Shannon Miller, and many others have made the Oklahoma Hall of Fame. Even David Boren (cringe) is a member. And last Thursday, when they announced the 2019 class, they added two more football players, and continued their 92-year tradition of not inducting any of the states’ best sports athletes or coaches.

With all the history of the sport in this state there is not one wrestler in the Oklahoma Hall of Fame and that includes the greatest American to ever lace them up in John Smith and the father of modern wrestling Edward Gallagher. My initial dive into this topic started simply with wondering why John Smith wasn’t a member? He’s the GOAT, he’s won more World Titles than any American ever. He’s also an elite coach. But after digging further you see that there’s not a single wrestler at all that’s a member of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame.

Ed Gallagher is not a member, no Yojiro Uetake, no Kenny Monday. Even OU legends Danny Hodge, who the wrestling award equivalent of the Heisman trophy is named after, and Olympic gold medalist Dave Schultz are not included.

The stated mission of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame is this.

Founded in 1927, the Oklahoma Hall of Fame was created to honor Oklahomans who had given outstanding service to the state during their lifetime and to provide educational programming for students of all ages. Being inducted to the Oklahoma Hall of Fame is Oklahoma’s Highest Honor. Through exhibits and experiences at the Gaylord-Pickens Museum, the Oklahoma Hall of Fame stands to preserve Oklahoma’s unique history while promoting pride in our great state.

Wrestling in Oklahoma has accounted for 41 D1 NCAA championships between OSU and OU, countless All-Americans and individual NCAA champions. There have been 12 Olympic Gold Medals won by Oklahomans and numerous bronze and silver medals — again, the equivalent of the wrestling Heisman is named after an Oklahoman — and none of those individuals are in the state’s hall of fame.


Wrestling allows Oklahoma to lay claim to more Olympic Gold Medals than nearly 100 countries and allows the state to claim more NCAA championships than any state that’s even remotely comparable in population.

Is that not something that promotes “pride in our great state?” Is that not a unique piece of history? Is it not “an outstanding service to the state” for a citizen to go win an Olympic Gold Medal while representing the state and country?

As a person that covers wrestling, I’m fully aware of the sports popularity pecking order when compared to basketball, football, and baseball, and that John Smith or Ed Gallagher certainly don’t have the public notoriety of a Michael Jordan or James Naismith. But for a state Hall of Fame to not recognize one single athlete or coach from what’s without a doubt their best sport? It’s shocking.

Thanks @Seth25809er

https://pistolsfiringblog.com/john-...he-hall-of-fame-snub-no-one-is-talking-about/
 

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Yeah thank you for posting this. I was going to earlier but got busy.

On top of there not being any wrestlers, OSU is only represented by Allie Reynolds and Hank Iba in the Oklahoma Hall of Fame. I find this very concerning... Sure, Boone Pickens has his name on the thing, but that's simply not enough.

You can submit nominations for anybody on the Hall of Fame website. I've already submitted one for Don Haskins and John Smith. Will post them here if anybody is interested. But I implore you all to go write your own nominations for whomever you see fit.
 

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Yeah thank you for posting this. I was going to earlier but got busy.

On top of there not being any wrestlers, OSU is only represented by Allie Reynolds and Hank Iba in the Oklahoma Hall of Fame. I find this very concerning... Sure, Boone Pickens has his name on the thing, but that's simply not enough.

You can submit nominations for anybody on the Hall of Fame website. I've already submitted one for Don Haskins and John Smith. Will post them here if anybody is interested. But I implore you all to go write your own nominations for whomever you see fit.
Despite the impression I may leave with my posts on here, I can be a wordsmith when I set my mind to it. I'll write one for Gallagher.
 

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No Chuck Norris. No Garth. No Theusen, Hale, or Magee. This is a hall of lies.
Now wait just one got damn minute... Toby Keith is in the Oklahoma Hall of Fame, but Garth Brooks is not?

Ladies and gentlemen I think it's time for us to have ourselves a rally on the steps of this farce of a monument to Oklahoma.
 
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I drive by the sham Hall every day going to work, do I need to get the black and orange paint to at least start the nomination process for both Garth and Gallagher?
 
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Do not bother a letter campaign. I know two people on the committee and they each tell me it is completely political and something like the next 20 are already "selected" by the powers that be. I started a campaign for Bobby Cox, the baseball coach at Oklahoma Baptist University something like seven years ago. The guy has an impeccable resume with over 1000 wins, national championships, never a losing season, member of several other HOFs, but he is off the radar as far as the OK Sports HOF is concerned. Even implored Berry Trammel who politely replied, but was not as convinced as I am. But he was my HS coach so I am obviously biased.
 

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Do not bother a letter campaign. I know two people on the committee and they each tell me it is completely political and something like the next 20 are already "selected" by the powers that be. I started a campaign for Bobby Cox, the baseball coach at Oklahoma Baptist University something like seven years ago. The guy has an impeccable resume with over 1000 wins, national championships, never a losing season, member of several other HOFs, but he is off the radar as far as the OK Sports HOF is concerned. Even implored Berry Trammel who politely replied, but was not as convinced as I am. But he was my HS coach so I am obviously biased.
 

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Do not bother a letter campaign. I know two people on the committee and they each tell me it is completely political and something like the next 20 are already "selected" by the powers that be. I started a campaign for Bobby Cox, the baseball coach at Oklahoma Baptist University something like seven years ago. The guy has an impeccable resume with over 1000 wins, national championships, never a losing season, member of several other HOFs, but he is off the radar as far as the OK Sports HOF is concerned. Even implored Berry Trammel who politely replied, but was not as convinced as I am. But he was my HS coach so I am obviously biased.
The OK Sports HOF is not the HOF this is referring to. The Oklahoma Hall of Fame, the one the article is about, is a completely separate entity.
 

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One of the killers for me is David Boren is a member. He's pretty much burning the University of Oklahoma to the ground by bankrupting them and now when anyone Google's "OU President" a sexual assault scandal will be the first thing that pops up.

As the state HOF, I don't think that's a guy you want associated with you.
 
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Yeah thank you for posting this. I was going to earlier but got busy.

On top of there not being any wrestlers, OSU is only represented by Allie Reynolds and Hank Iba in the Oklahoma Hall of Fame. I find this very concerning... Sure, Boone Pickens has his name on the thing, but that's simply not enough.

You can submit nominations for anybody on the Hall of Fame website. I've already submitted one for Don Haskins and John Smith. Will post them here if anybody is interested. But I implore you all to go write your own nominations for whomever you see fit.
Despite the impression I may leave with my posts on here, I can be a wordsmith when I set my mind to it. I'll write one for Gallagher.
For anyone, sort of "lobbying" here's what I recommend. As far as nominations go, if you're putting them in for Gallagher, or Garth Brooks, or whoever else, go for it.

But for John Smith a very formal one is submitted each year by people in the place to do it. Notable names that would stand out to the HOF board.

So this is a legitimate "snub". He's getting nominated, but is not getting put in.

So my recommendation as far as getting John Smith in, would be to focus on contacting OK HOF board members and staff and trying to basically put public pressure on them to make it happen.
 

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. I've already submitted one for Don Haskins and John Smith. Will post them here if anybody is interested. But I implore you all to go write your own nominations for whomever you see fit.
What did you put as "your relationship"?