Tuesday, August 15, 2017
The Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame and the Jim Thorpe Museum are moving to the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark where the legendary athlete's story will be shared with millions who visit the entertainment district.
The hall of fame and museum opened in 2009 at its current location at 4040 N Lincoln Blvd. The museum is a showcase of Oklahoma's top athletes with an array of memorabilia representing Thorpe, a member of the Sac and Fox Nation, who is widely regarded as the best all-around athlete of the 20th century.
Eddie Griffin, director of the hall of fame and museum, hopes Thorpe's statue will be displayed prominently at the entrance of what was previously Coach's Restaurant.
“People are always in awe of Jim Thorpe,” Griffin said. “Jim Thorpe was an Oklahoma legend and icon. He excelled in track, baseball and football. He was the first commissioner of the NFL. He was an amazing figure not just in Oklahoma, but the world.”