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Game of life: Former Oklahoma State QB Mike Arnold formed Dolphin Swim Team

Arnold, a standout at Enid, was a Vietnam veteran. He started the Dolphin Swim Team, a club for people with special needs.
by Scott Munn Published: January 14, 2013

A farewell to people with Oklahoma ties who enjoyed the game day experience:

*Mike Arnold quarterbacked Enid High School to its first state football championship, in 1964, with a 28-20 victory over previously unbeaten Tulsa Rogers. He threw two touchdown passes during that game despite a cut on his hand that required 11 stitches. The senior threw for 1,207 yards and 16 touchdowns that season, earning a spot on the All-State team. He held the school's career record for passing TDs at 27 until Austin Box tied it in 2006. Arnold earned a scholarship to Oklahoma State, where he was a part-time starter. The Vietnam veteran and retired Kerr McGee employee founded the Dolphin Swim Team, a club for people with special needs. He died at age 66 after an extended illness.

*Byron Harp, 55, was a running back for Lawton High, helping the Wolverines to 17 wins and one playoff appearance over the 1974-76 seasons. Harp was a big-play back, often collecting more than 100 yards rushing on Friday nights. The Oklahoman selected Harp as honorable mention All-State as a junior and senior. He would go on to play for Cameron University. Injury ended his playing career — and a tryout with the Dallas Cowboys — and Harp went to work in the oil fields. Harp, who also owned a landscaping business, was an Okmulgee resident at the time of death.

*Bob Garner played high school football and basketball at Stratford High School. A love for both sports carried over into college and the military. Garner played basketball at Murray State Junior College in Tishomingo; he played semipro football while in the Air Force. The Gulf War veteran was an Oklahoma City resident when he died at age 52.

*Graphic artist Margene Lang was a competitive bowler. Lang participated for women's and mixed-league teams; she also competed in national tournaments. Lang's personal-best game was a 291. The Oklahoma City resident died a month after celebrating her 99th birthday.

*Robert Threlkeld, known by students as Coach T, died at age 65. Threlkeld spent 25 years as a coach or athletic director at Moore Highland West Junior High School.

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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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Birthday club

Happy Birthday on Tuesday to these athletes with Oklahoma ties:

*St. Louis Cardinals outfielder and former Oklahoma State and Stillwater High star Matt Holliday turns 33.

*Cam Severson, who played for the Oklahoma City Blazers during the 1998-99 season, celebrates No. 35.

*Former Haskell High and NFL player LeShon Johnson turns 42.

Collections agency

*Local trading card dealer Mike DeGarmo has scheduled a card and memorabilia show from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Biltmore Hotel, 401 S. Meridian. Detroit Lions receiver and former Sooner Ryan Broyles will sign autographs from 1 to 3 p.m. for $15. There is no admission charge to attend the show.

*An auction house expects six-figure bids when it sells a rare 148-year-old baseball card discovered at a yard sale in rural Maine.

Saco River Auction Co. in Biddeford says a man found the card by chance in a photo album he bought in Baileyville, on the Canadian border. It's not the same as a modern baseball card. Instead, it's a photograph of the Brooklyn Atlantics amateur baseball club mounted on a card.

Saco River manager Troy Thibodeau says he's aware of only two such cards in existence, the other at the Library of Congress. Saco River sold a rare 1888 card of Hall of Fame baseball player Michael “King” Kelly last summer for $72,000. Thibodeau expects the Brooklyn Atlantics card to fetch at least $100,000 at its Feb. 6 auction.


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