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Tributes: Former Choctaw standout Rick Goodman dies

Goodman was an All-State selection in two sports who was recruited by Oklahoma State for football before deciding to play baseball at Bacone.
by Scott Munn Published: August 13, 2012

*Perhaps one of the finest athletes in Choctaw High School history, Rick Goodman was an All-State selection in football and baseball. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound quarterback helped Choctaw to a 23-3 record and two Class B state semifinal appearances over the 1961 and 1962 seasons. As a senior, Goodman completed 90 of 135 passes for 1,276 yards and 18 touchdowns; he was selected that season as The Oklahoman's All-City Offensive Player of the Year.

As a senior pitcher on the baseball team, Goodman finished the '63 season with a 13-1 record, 158 strikeouts and a 1.00 earned run average. He threw three no-hitters and two one-hitters. Goodman bypassed playing in the All-State football game to participate in the American Legion State Baseball Tournament. Goodman played industrial league baseball, too, once throwing all 17 innings of a loss. He struck out 22 in that game.

Oklahoma State recruited Goodman as a football player. He chose to play baseball for Bacone, then a junior college power. A brick mason by trade, Goodman died recently at his Midwest City home.

*Garland Thomas helped the Tecumseh High football team to an 11-1-1 record in 1953. The 192-pound defensive end was All-District player for a team that suffered its only loss in the Class B playoffs to Cleveland. Thomas also played basketball and ran track for the Savages. As an adult, he worked in the Alaskan oil fields; as a barber in the OU student union; and in the wholesale grocery business. Thomas died at age 76 from liver cancer. He donated his body to the OU Health Sciences Center.

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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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