Thursday, December 19, 2013

Former Oklahoma Player, Athletic Director Wade Walker Dies at 90

Wade Walker, a paramount figure in OU athletics and a key contributor to the eventual dissolution of racial barriers in American sport, died Thursday in California. He was 90.

Walker's family informed OU officials of Walker's death.

Walker was an OU football star during the early Bud Wilkinson years and OU's athletic director during a later golden age.

Walker was a native of Mocksville, N.C., and was one of Wilkinson's '49ers, the group that arrived as World War II-veteran freshmen in 1946 and jump-started the Sooner dynasty.

"Older people with a definite cause" is how Walker described the collection of OU ballplayers in 1946. "We were not there piddling around." (More at The Oklahoman)
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