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Game of life: Former Oklahoma lineman Duane Cook dies

Cook, who played for the Sooners from 1960-1962, died of an apparent heart attack.
by Scott Munn Modified: April 9, 2013 at 1:33 pm •  Published: April 1, 2013
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A farewell to people with Oklahoma ties who enjoyed the game day experience:

*Former Oklahoma lineman Duane Cook died of an apparent heart attack. The Amarillo, Texas, native played for the Sooners from 1960 through 1962, helping the '62 team finish 8-3 and as Big Eight champion. Though Cook played both offense and defense for OU, the St. Louis Cardinals selected him as a guard in the eighth round of the 1963 NFL Draft. He never played a regular-season game in the NFL, however.

*Mike Berry was one of finest bowlers in Oklahoma history. The left-hander led the state in average (220) for the 1980-81 season. Smith won many tournaments since his career began in the 1950s; he also rolled seven 300 American Bowling Congress-sanctioned games; four 800 series'; and finished 10th out of 972 competitors at the 1983 High Rollers Tournament in Las Vegas. The Oklahoma Bowling Council inducted Smith into its Hall of Fame in 2009. By trade, the former Del City Eagles football and baseball player worked at OKC Day Shelter for the homeless. He died recently at age 66.

*Horseman Jerry Fisher died at age 76. The Fitzhugh resident was a member of the U.S. Team Roping Association, winning the 1973 All-American Futurity. Fisher trained five quarter horses that won world championships, including Go Man Go, Time to Think Rich and What A Way To Go.

*Roy Worley played football and basketball at Ardmore High School in the late 1940s. He became an accomplished bowler, once winning the city championship. The Korean conflict veteran was a vice president with BancFirst in Ardmore. He died at age 81.

*Tom Murphy, 59, played basketball and baseball in the 1970s for Bishop McGuinness High School. He participated in intramural athletics at Oklahoma State; in 1975 he tried out for the Cowboys' basketball team and made the junior varsity. The highlight of Murphy's collegiate career was hitting the game-winning free throws as the O-State JV beat the Oklahoma JV by two points. Murphy went into the construction business after college, but he remained in athletics by assisting McGuinness girls basketball coach — and eventual father-in-law — Phil Kierl Sr. Murphy also played in 3-on-3 basketball tournaments and the Catholic Softball League. The competitor battled brain cancer for 14 years after initially being told he had six months to live.

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by Scott Munn
Sports Assistant Editor
Scott Munn joined The Oklahoman/Oklahoma City Times sports staffs in October 1982. He spent a year as a formcharter, three years on the desk and 16 as a reporter. Scott has spent the last nine years as an evening assistant sports editor. Scott's...
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The American Sprint Car Series is no slouch. Several of its drivers are top-notch.

But national championship contender Wayne Johnson is officially a professional race car driver. A news release said the Oklahoma City native has joined the World of Outlaws circuit, where he is scheduled to run more than 50 percent of its races. Despite Johnson's experience, he will be a “rookie” with the Outlaws, who are generally regarded as the pro sprint car series.

In the World of Outlaws' 35-year history, five Oklahoma drivers have earned Rookie of the Year honors: Greg Wooley of Oklahoma City in 1984; Andy Hillenburg of Broken Arrow in 1988; Aaron Berryhill of Broken Arrow in 1992; Danny Wood of Norman in 2000; and Shane Stewart of Bixby in 2005.

Johnson, who was the 1992 Super Modified points champion at Oklahoma City's old State Fair Speedway, will still run some ASCS events but not on a full-time basis like he has in past seasons.

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