The Oil Bowl will celebrate its 75th birthday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday June 9 at Memorial Stadium.
The Maskat Shrine Temple’s game is the longest running high school all-star game in the country. Not only that, it also has the most interesting format — Texas vs. Oklahoma. The two rival states have met in 65 of the previous 74 games with Texas owning a 46-18-1 series advantage.
Tickets: General admission is $10 and reserved seats are $15. They may be purchased at Bobby Evans Sporting Goods (2404 Kemp) or Jerry’s Sporting Goods (4031 Sports Street). You can also order tickets by calling 940-766-4511.
A special promotion for this Diamond Anniversary game will be to give free admission to all 75-year-olds. Just show your ID with a birth date at the ticket window or go by the Maskat Shrine to receive a free general admission ticket.
Beneficiary: All profits from this year’s game will go to the Shriners children hospitals. These 22 hospitals have a mission to provide the highest quality care with no family financial burdens to children with neuromusculoskeletal conditions, burn injuries and other special health care needs with a compassionate, family-centered and collaborative care environment.
They also provide for the education of physicians and other health care professionals. They conduct research to discover new knowledge that improves the quality of care and quality of life of children and families. This mission is carried out without regard to race, color, creed, sex or sect, disability, national origin or ability of a patient or family to pay.
Banquet: The annual banquet will be at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 8 at the Maskat Shrine Temple. This year’s speaker is former Southlake Carroll coach Bob Ledbetter. Tickets are $15.
The late Joe Golding, who coached Wichita Falls High School to four state championships, will be inducted into the Hall of Fame at the banquet. All players and coaches from the Golding era are urged to attend.
Tailgate Party: Fans will have the opportunity to meet the players and coaches and get autographs at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 9 in the west parking lot of Memorial Stadium.
Oil Bowl Band: Any band members of all ages are asked to volunteer to play in the Oil Bowl band and make this the biggest one ever. For more information, call 940-766-4511.
Trivia:Mickey Maroney of Wichita Falls High School caught a 23-yard pass from Terry Southall of Brownwood to set up one second-quarter touchdown and then snared a 4-yard TD pass from Victor Castillo of San Antonio Brackenridge later in the period to lead Texas to a 21-13 win. Maroney became a Secret Service agent and was killed in the Oklahoma City bombing. He was inducted into the Oil Bowl Hall of Fame in 1996.
Player Spotlight: Billy Chappell is a 5-foot-10, 170-pound wide receiver/defensive back from Springtown. He was first-team all-district at three positions the last two years, at cornerback and wide receiver as a senior and at safety as a junior. He has not signed with any college.