Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame & Jim Thorpe Museum: Oklahoma City, OK

Hey friend! Are you ready for another museum adventure?! Today I am reviewing the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame and Jim Thorpe Museum located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. It is attached to the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark!

This museum is another hidden gem in Oklahoma City! My dad and I were driving through Bricktown and I happened to look out the window and spotted it. We didn’t have time to stop that day, but I went home and looked it up! And as you can see, I went back to the City and walked through the museum and it was definitely worth the road trip!

Bonus Tip: This museum has free admission and loves to have visitors stop by!

Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame History

The Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame was established in 1986 under the name the “Jim Thorpe Association.” In 2013, the Jim Thorpe Association and the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame merged into the same organization.

Every year, different people are inducted into the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame. Oklahomans from around the state are featured in this museum. You have people from Bobby Murcer to John Smith to Mike Gundy in the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame.

*All photos were taken at the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame and Time Thorpe Museum in OKC, Oklahoma.

The museum’s mission statement is: “To encourage excellence through sports, academics, health and fitness; preserving our sports heritage while building pride in Oklahoma in the spirit of Jim Thorpe.”

Jim Thorpe Museum History

The Jim Thorpe Museum is also housed in the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame. The Jim Thorpe section of the museum is at the front of the museum and it was so cool! This section of the museum celebrates the life and accomplishments of Jim Thorpe through memorabilia and educational signs.

The Jim Thorpe Museum also hands out the Paycom Jim Thorpe Award to the top defensive back in college football.

The Oklahoma Tennis Hall of Fame is also located within the museum.

Facility

The Museum is attached to the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City. There is a huge statue of Jim Thorpe out front at the bottom right of the stairs.

Travel Tip: The museum is located at the top of the stairs in the photo below. Make sure to stop outside and take a photo with the Jim Thorpe statue.

There is also a patio that you can walk out on that overlooks the ballpark. It was super cool to walk out there and see the ballpark from the point of view! The photo directly below was taken on the patio overlooking the ballpark!

Cool Pieces from the Collection

It was really cool to see some of the Bobby Murcer items. He and my Nana went to the same high school in Oklahoma City!

This was a saddle won by Freckles Brown. The detail on this saddle was amazing – the photo doesn’t do it justice… My Papa has told me several stories about Freckles Brown riding Tornado! Tornado had thrown more than 250 people off on the rodeo circuit – so it was very impressive when Freckles Brown stayed on for the required 8 second ride in 1967!

Fun Fact! Tornado is buried on the grounds of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City.

Oklahoma State University (OSU) – Go Pokes!

You know I had to include some pictures from notable Oklahoma State University athletes and coaches! Loyal and true, right?! Pictured below you have items from Eddie Sutton, Bryant Reeves, Mike Gundy, and John Smith. This was not all of the OSU athletes and coaches in the collection so you’ll have to go visit to find the rest! ๐Ÿ™‚

Olympic gold medal wrestler John Smith. He is the current head wrestling coach at Oklahoma State University.

University of Oklahoma (OU)

There were also several athletes and coaches featured from the University of Oklahoma. Pictured below are items from Barry Switzer and Bob Stoops.

Favorite Piece from the Collection

I didn’t have a favorite piece from this museum. There was a lot of history to take in and I can’t choose a favorite… There is definitely something here for everyone though! ๐Ÿ™‚

Concluding Thoughts

This museum was really interesting to me. I have been an avid sports fan for as long as I can remember! I remember my Papa telling me stories about Freckles Brown riding Tornado and my Nana talking about going to school with Bobby Murcer. So, it was cool to see pieces owned by these iconic Oklahoma athletes who left a lasting impact on this state.

This museum has free admission and loves to have visitors stop by! So, I hope you’ll make a trip to visit this museum one day!

Happy traveling! I’ll talk to ya soon! ๐Ÿ™‚


Visit

20 S Mickey Mantle Dr.

Oklahoma City, OK 73104

Phone: 405-427-1400

Sources:

Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame and Jim Thorpe Museum Website

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