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Game of life: Weldon Drew spent 12 seasons as Langston basketball coach

Former men's basketball coach died from injuries sustained in an auto accident at the age of 77.
by Scott Munn Published: December 3, 2012

*Former football player and coach David Shelton died at age 79. He played center and coached at Muskogee High. In between, he spent time with the Oklahoma and Northeastern State football programs. Shelton coached football and wrestling and taught physical education. A lifetime member of the Northeastern State-Muskogee Booster Club and served on the schools' Hall of Fame committee.

*Don Tracey was a slot car enthusiast and loved to play golf. He moved from his native Massachusetts to Oklahoma to raise horses. The Edmond resident died at age 61.

*Dale Laubach, 81, played football at Okeene High School. Spent 30 years in the Army National Guard. Retired as a brigadier general.

Collections agency

*One of the new action figures just released by McFarlane Sports Pix is that of Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook. The debut piece has Westbrook going up for a layup; he's wearing the Thunder's road blue uniform with OKLAHOMA CITY across the front. Retail prices range between $10.99 to $15.99.

The Westbrook figures will be a tough get, especially in Oklahoma. To guarantee getting a piece, it might be necessary to try sports collectible stores such as Legends of the Game at Mayfair Shopping Center, NW 50 and May Ave; Al's Sports Cards, 116 E. 15 in Edmond; or the On Deck stores at Quail Springs and Penn Square malls. Clark's should have the Westbrook statue as well as Kevin Durant's debut piece from last year. Call Clark's at 1 (888) 582-5275 or email

*Ozzie Smith turned gold into cash. The Hall of Fame shortstop sold his 13 consecutive Gold Glove Awards from 1980-92 for $519,203, SCP Auctions said. His 2011 St. Louis Cardinals' World Series ring sold for $51,364 and his 2006 ring went for $42,448. Both were gifts from the team.

The prices include a 20 percent commission, known as a buyer's premium.

Two pairs of Muhammad Ali boxing gloves used during fights each sold for $385,848. They were used against Sonny Liston on Feb. 25, 1964, and for his first bout against on March 8, 1971.

A Babe Ruth team sweater from around 1922 sold for $250,642, Oscar Robertson's NBA MVP Award from 1963-64 for $177,632 and a Robertson 1960 U.S. Olympic team jersey for $121,324.

Paul Hornung's 1956 Heisman Trophy sold for $173,102. A Lou Gehrig game-used bat from 1938 or `39 sold for $75,205 — the same price as a 1966 Green Bay Super Bowl ring presented to Steve Wright.

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

*Former Oklahoma City 89ers first baseman/outfielder Barbaro Garbey turns 56 on Tuesday.

*Former Oklahoma City Cavalry forward Jerome Lane turns 46 on Tuesday.

*Three former Oklahoma City Blazers forwards celebrate birthdays on Tuesday: Mario Chinelli (33), Mike Lucci (34) and Darcy Pengelly (38).

*Current Oklahoma City Barons forward Curtis Hamilton celebrates birthday No. 21 on Tuesday.


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