A farewell to people with Oklahoma sports ties:
Former Langston University men's basketball coach Weldon Drew died from injuries sustained in an auto accident. The car in which Drew, 77, was riding swerved to avoid hitting a deer in the road; the car hit a ditch and rolled twice. Coach Drew was taken to a Stillwater hospital, where he died. Drew spent 12 seasons — 1987-1999 — as the Lions' coach. Langston had a 153-169 record under Drew, who also served as head coach at New Mexico State and an assistant Oklahoma State. Before starting a college coaching career, Drew guided prep teams in his native Houston to a 485-135 record.
*Gilbert Lambert left high school early to help support his family. Hard work persevered as Lambert would own two businesses — a Kerr-McGee station and auto parts shop, both in Del City. The Oklahoma City native loved motor sports, which spilled over to his children and grandchildren. Gilbert built and owned dirt race cars dating back to the 1950s. Lambert's cars raced at Taft Stadium, State Fair Speedway and several other tracks in the state. Son David Lambert was a championship-contending sprint car driver at State Fair Speedway, driving car No. 66 or No. 12s. Gilbert's grandson, David Lee Lambert, has become one of the top sprint car drivers in the region, also piloting a No. 66. Gilbert Lambert, who retired as a railroad engineer, died recently at age 77 from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
*Bebe DeBolt was devoted to local women's golf. The Classen High graduate, who died three days short of her 80th birthday, served as president of the Quail Creek Ladies 18 Hole Association and The Greens Ladies Golf Association. DeBolt was a volunteer for the Oklahoma City Junior Golf Program, and she helped organize activities during PGA Tour events held in the city area.
*Bobby James of Midwest City had a knack for restoring classic cars. He died at age 80.
*Alonzo Gaubert was an avid fan of the Piedmont Wildcats and Oklahoma Sooners. One of his other loves was making go-carts for his grandsons. The retired farmer died at age 96.
*Kimberly Begay, who played soccer at Claremore High School and Oklahoma City University, died of leukemia. Begay helped Claremore finish as Class 4A runner-up in 2004 and 2005. She played for OCU's national power — only after coach Brian Harvey saw the youngster playing intramural soccer. Begay played 21 games for Oklahoma City U., helping the Stars to a 44-15-2 record, a Sooner Athletic Conference championship and NAIA Tournament appearance. She was diagnosed with leukemia on April 2, 2011 and ran in the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon's 5-kilometer race 28 days later. Begay earned a mathematics education degree and was teaching at Taft Middle School in Oklahoma City.
*Moore resident Billy Massey raised hunting dogs. An outdoorsman who hunted quail and fished for bass and crappie. Massey died at age 75.
*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.
*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 Toys.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
*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.
*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.