There is one………….only one Fred Pahlke

I saw my first sporting even at the age of one and a half in 1954, but don’t remember much of that basketball game between my Uncle John Pratt’s Midwest City Bombers basketball team and an unknown opponent. Yes, just a toddler, just barely able to scoot a few feet without help.  Within a year or so, I have vivid memories of games, one a tournament game with the Bombers in Drumright, OK.


Fred Pahlke, an Oklahoma native has viewed over 10,000 sporting events in his 63 years. A season ticket holder of the Oklahoma City Thunder, former season tickect holder for the Oklahoma Sooners, Oklahoma City University Chiefs/Stars, he is an expert in both professional and college basketball and football.  A high school athlete at Classen High School in basketball and tennis, he played amateur tennis after high school in the Missouri Valley Tennis Association.  A graduate of Oklahoma City University, he taught in the public schools for 6 years before becoming a building administrator in the Oklahoma City Public Schools for 31 years, 28 as the Principal of various schools in the district. 


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With my friend Skip Bayless at the 2012 NBA Finals in Oklahoma City. Bayless went to high school with my sister at Northwest Classen in OKC and we had a nice chat about old times a hour before the game. Picture Credit: Fred Pahlke