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New Book about Indians and Sports

August 31, 2009

Sheila Watson 46 years old,,still rockin,,still rollin,,still lovin every minute of it,,,

The University of Oklahoma brings out a new book about Indians and sports, titled, Coach Tommy Thompson and the Boys of Sequoyah by Patti Dickinson.  Available this September from the OU Press, $19.95.  Here is some of the text from the book’s flier:

“When eleven-year-old Tommy Thompson arrived at a government-run Indian boarding school in 1915, it seemed a last resort for the youngster. Instead, it turned out to be the first step toward a life dedicated to helping others. Thompson went on to become a star athlete and football coach—a Cherokee legend whose story is remembered by many and is now finally told for a wider audience.
“Following gridiron fame at Northeastern State College, Thompson returned to Sequoyah Vocational School in 1947 as Boys’ Coach and Advisor. More than a thousand boys attended the boarding school during the eleven years he coached there. Writing for readers old and young, Patti Dickinson tells the inspiring story of how this one man made a difference in the lives of a generation of Indian youth.”

And in other news, here’s 46-year-old Sheila Watson, playing hard for her team, the Chahtas!  [Photo by Jay Watson.]  It’s Fastpitch Softball time this week-end.  Indians from all over the country will begin playing at Tuskahoma’s Red Warrior Park for the Choctaw Nation’s Fastpitch Tournament, September 4, 5, 6, 2009.  I’ll be there to watch the games, eat turkey legs and corn on the cob just like every other Choctaw in the ten and 1/2 counties!

Here’s a Miko Kings’ shoutout to birthday girl Lorie Robins, and birthday boy Joe Craig.  Happy Birthdays all yall.  Hope to see you at Tuskahoma this week-end.

PS:  Factoid: Did you know that in 1845 there were only 42 paces from home base to 1st base?

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Jacki Rand permalink
    April 16, 2010 5:12 pm

    Who’s that ndian? OH, that’s Jay, the philosopher coach!! What a schedule. I can feel the steamy heat and burnt face now.

  2. Lea Lucas permalink
    April 17, 2010 3:42 am

    hello Leanne, just found your page through the postings. i was with Deborah Cole and we were the Native Allstars. You sent me the video of the games you took when ya’ll were there interviewing. You had a lot of our team on there too. I just wanted to say hello and keep me posted on what you have if you will please. This is my email address, but i have another too,

  3. LeAnne Howe permalink
    April 18, 2010 11:42 am

    Hi Lea:

    I remember you, of course. Well, we’re still working on the book, [slow going, plus I’ve been sick much of this year] but when it is ready to publish, we’ll send around some copies to see if everyone likes it. Hope you are well. I’m around Ada most of the summer.

  4. May 7, 2010 12:09 am know I am going to get my big mug in there..ha ha…Smiles…

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