I wrote about Dale Minor for the Friday Oklahoman. The father of the Minor twins died this week. His funeral is Saturday. You can read that column here.
Ryan and Damon Minor were Sooner stars (Ryan baseball and basketball, Damon baseball) in the 1990s. Looking back over stuff we’ve written about the Minors, I was reminded of one my favorite pieces I’ve ever written for The Oklahoman. In March 1995, on Selection Sunday, I ran a feature on small-town stars. Ryan Minor from Hammon, Big Country from Gans. Both had led their teams to stellar seasons. You can read that story here.
Small town Oklahoma — and its heroes — are fun to write about. I got an email today from Dennis Bookout, father of OU’s and Stroud’s Bookout boys, thanking me for the Dale Minor column. I told Dennis the Bookouts remind me a lot of the Minors, other than the Bookouts smile more. The Minors are great guys but rather stoic.
I’ve been to small towns all over the state, writing about sports. To Gans and Foyil and Leflore and Washington and Pawnee and Maud and Davenport and Weleetka and Fairfax and Frederick and Lone Wolf and dozens more. The trips never get old. Neither do the people.
Enjoy the 18-year-0ld story on what Hammon meant to Ryan Minor and what Gans meant to Bryant Reeves. The stories still hold up, and so do small towns’ hold on its people.
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