State Fair Gets Sporty

Texas sports junkies get their fix at novel State Fair attraction

Texas sports junkies get their fix at novel State Fair attraction

Tom Landry Jr, Margaret Kelliher, Lynn and Allan McBee, Texas Sports Legends
Tom Landry Jr., Margaret Kelliher, Lynn McBee, Allan McBee Photo by Steve Foxall
Max Wells, Martha Wells, Texas Sports Legends
Max Wells, Martha Wells Photo by Steve Foxall
Rashunda Mendy, Toby Hazelip, Marcie Rodriguez, Texas Sports Legends
Rashunda Mendy, Toby Hazelip, Marcie Rodriguez
Bill and Mona Graue, Texas Sports Legends
Bill Graue, Mona Graue
Laurie Walker Hunt, Norma Walker, Texas Sports Legends
Laurie Walker Hunt, Norma Walker
Glynda Turner, Buddy Frazer, Texas Sports Legends
Glynda Turner, Buddy Frazer Photo by Steve Foxall
Caro Stalcup, Rayburn Tucker, Texas Sports Legends
Caro Stalcup, Rayburn Tucker Photo by Steve Foxall
Alicia Landry, Norma Walker, Texas Sports Legends
Alicia Landry, Norma Walker Photo by Steve Foxall
Claire Cheney, Alan Olson, Lynn Bielby, Texas Sports Legends
Claire Cheney, Alan Olson, Lynn Bielby Photo by Steve Foxall
John Lill, Veletta Lill, Texas Sports Legends
John Lill, Veletta Lill Photo by Steve Foxall
Tom Landry Jr, Margaret Kelliher, Lynn and Allan McBee, Texas Sports Legends
Max Wells, Martha Wells, Texas Sports Legends
Rashunda Mendy, Toby Hazelip, Marcie Rodriguez, Texas Sports Legends
Bill and Mona Graue, Texas Sports Legends
Laurie Walker Hunt, Norma Walker, Texas Sports Legends
Glynda Turner, Buddy Frazer, Texas Sports Legends
Caro Stalcup, Rayburn Tucker, Texas Sports Legends
Alicia Landry, Norma Walker, Texas Sports Legends
Claire Cheney, Alan Olson, Lynn Bielby, Texas Sports Legends
John Lill, Veletta Lill, Texas Sports Legends

The Dallas Historical Society hooked up with the State Fair of Texas and the Texas Sports Hall of Fame to bring fairgoers a new exhibit called “Texas Sports Legends,” which honors those who were significant in shaping the athletic history in Texas. 

During a sneak preview, VIP guests — including Alicia Landry, Tom Landry Jr., Norma Walker, Veletta and John Lill, Margaret and Lester Kelliher, and Kathleen and Ban Bywaters — got to see Tom Landry’s championship rings, Curtis Cokes’ championship belt, Nastia Liukin’s world championship medals and Olympic unitard, Roger Hornsby’s Cardinals uniform, Davey O’Brien’s Heisman Trophy, and Michael Johnson’s track shoe, just to name a few.

This attraction is special in that it brings together three Heisman trophies from Dallas for the first time. Two of those are from Davey O’Brien and Tim Brown of Woodrow Wilson High School — the only high school in the country with two — and one from Doak Walker, who attended Highland Park High School.

“Whether they grew up here or became a member of a Texas-based team later in life, there are many legends to be honored who have contributed to Texas athletics,” said State Fair of Texas president Mitchell Glieber. “We know that we cannot honor them all, but we thank the Texas Sports Hall of Fame for loaning us a selection of sports memorabilia for fairgoers to enjoy.”

Established in 1922, the Dallas Historical Society is the preeminent organization of its kind in Dallas, collecting, preserving and exhibiting the unique heritage of Dallas and Texas to educate and inspire future generations.

The State Fair of Texas runs through October 19 at Fair Park.