The Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2023 at their Induction Ceremony on Monday, August 7th, 2023. The Class will include Dale “Apollo” Cook, Sandy Fischer, Chris Lincoln, Brent Price, James Trapp and Seymour Williams (Inducted Posthumously). Also posthumously honoring Samuel Lloyd Noble with the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
Nicknamed “Apollo,” Cook started Taekwondo when he was 15 before becoming a professional kickboxer in 1977. He finished with a 944-1 record in kickboxing and went 19-2-1 in boxing. Overall, he won five world titles. Cook now owns Apollo’s Martial Arts Karate and Kickboxing Gym in his hometown of Tulsa.
She’s the longest-tenured coach in Oklahoma State softball history. She coached the Cowgirls from 1978-2001, led them to 15 Big Eight championships and earned 901 wins. Fischer was at the helm when women’s college sports programs transitioned from the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women to the NCAA. She took OSU to either the AIAW Nationals or NCAA Women’s College World Series nine times.
After graduating from the University of Missouri and writing for the Columbia Daily Tribune, Lincoln became the sports director at KTUL TV in Tulsa, where he hosted coaches shows for OU, Oklahoma State, Oral Roberts and Tulsa. He left the station in 1981 and co-founded Winner Communications, which went on to become the nation’s largest independently owned sports production company. Winnercomm was sold in 2006, and Lincoln returned to KTUL and worked there from 2007-14.
The former Enid star played in the NBA from 1992-2002 after being selected by the Washington Bullets in the second round with the 32nd overall pick. A point guard, Price was a member of the Bullets, Houston Rockets, Vancouver Grizzlies and Sacramento Kings. Price spent his first two years of college at South Carolina, then transferred to OU. He was a first-team All-Big Eight selection in 1992 and averaged 18.7 points and 6.2 assists per game with the Sooners. Price is the younger brother of fourtime NBA All-Star Mark Price.
Trapp attended Lawton High before graduating and heading to Clemson, where he was a football and track star. Trapp was a 14-time ACC Champion and 10-time All-American sprinter in college. He was the 200-meter indoor national champion in 1992 and a four-year letterman in football. The Los Angeles Raiders selected him in the 1993 NFL Draft, and he spent six seasons with the franchise. He played for the Baltimore Ravens from 1999-2002 and was a part of their 2000 team that won the Super Bowl. His list of accolades in track include a 200-meter title at the 1993 World Athletics Indoor Championships. He was also an alternate on Team USA’s 4x100meter relay squad in the 1992 Olympics.
Williams is being inducted posthumously. He was Tulsa Booker T. Washington’s football, basketball and track coach during the era of segregation. In football, he led the Hornets to 19 state titles and 14 undefeated seasons in the Oklahoma Interscholastic Athletic Association. He took over in 1920 and had a 29023-11 record, retiring after 33 years. Williams also helped the school’s basketball program claim 13 state titles and five national championships. The track program won six national titles under Williams.