Game of life: Joey Fowler was a standout musician and football player

Former Westmoore standout played football at Texas Tech and Central Oklahoma, but was also an All-State saxophone player.
by Scott Munn Published: July 8, 2013
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Farewell to people with Oklahoma ties who enjoyed the game day experience:

*Former Westmoore High football standout Joey Fowler died at age 24. The 6-foot-4, 260-pound defensive end totaled 80 tackles as a senior, including 20 for lost yards and six sacks. The Oklahoman selected Fowler first-team All-City and second-team All-State. He signed with Texas Tech, spent one year with the Red Raiders and then transferred to Central Oklahoma. A good football player who was an even better musician. Fowler was an All-State saxophone player who, after football, was in music production.

*Frederick Moeller, 92, was a medal-winning track athlete at Capitol Hill High School. During World War II, Moeller was the Army Air Corps' five-time physical fitness champion. Also competed in gymnastics, excelling in the high bar and parallel bars. After the war, Moeller worked for the Oklahoma City Public Schools, where he taught band and physical education.

*Ralph Gibson, 83, was inducted into the Oklahoma City Bowling Council Hall of Fame in 2007. The one-time pin setter at Brantley Bowling Alley in Purcell competed in the Oklahoma City area during the 1940s and 1950s. He won many tournaments, some with a ball that had only one hole to grip. Went to work for a printing company in 1947, earning 80 cents an hour, but soon quit when he realized he could earn more money playing strike pots and tournaments. The Korean War veteran moved to Coral Gables, Fla., in 1955 to take a job with Union Carbide, where he worked for 37 years. Rolled two 300 games after age 70. Also an avid golfer who had two holes in one.

*Travis Raper, 78, was a longtime fast-pitch softball player. He was inducted into the Oklahoma City Metro Softball Hall of Fame in 1984 after pitching for Motiff Homes, Masterbilt Motors and the Oklahoma City Fire Department. The retired fire captain was a standout athlete at Mustang High School in the 1950s.


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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10-20-30

The sports scene 10, 20 and 30 years ago Tuesday:

2003

The New York Yankees were without their starting middle infield for a game against the Cleveland Indians. Derek Jeter and Alfonso Soriano were sidelined with hand injuries. They were hit with pitches the day before by Boston's Pedro Martinez. ... The NCAA denied an informal request by Kentucky for another year of eligibility for Sam Bowie. The 7-foot center had missed two seasons due to a stress fracture in his left shinbone.

1993

Norman sprint car driver Bruce Jennings set a State Fair Speedway record by winning a sixth consecutive A feature. Jennings' standings lead ballooned to more than 600 points over brother Rickey Jennings, who was second in the championship hunt. ... Rafael Palmeiro had a two-run homer and collected four RBIs as Texas beat Toronto, 4-2. Palmeiro extended his hit streak to 11 games.

1983

Kelvin Bryant's touchdown in overtime lifted the Philadelphia Stars to a 44-38 victory over the Chicago Blitz in a U.S. Football League semifinal. ... Mark Kerlin, Billy Sautter and Horst Fleps scored goals as the Oklahoma City Slickers beat the Detroit Express 3-1 in a soccer game before 4,331 fans in the Silverdome.

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