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Selected as Collinsville's "Greatest Athlete"
by "Tulsa World" June 29, 2003
The "Tulsa World"
presented their list of "Oklahoma's Greatest Athletes" in the Sunday
June 29, 2003 issue. Jim Thorpe was their choice for the entire state. They
also make a selection for each Oklahoma community. Their choice for Collinsville
was "Ish Pilkington, 1927 All-State football player and all-decade
1920s, was among TU's greatest two-way players and is in school's athletic
hall of fame. The first TU athlete selected to play in the Shrine All-Star
Based on all years of
Collinsville sports coverage I've read in the archives of the "Newspaper
Museum In Collinsville", I would have to agree with their choice. I would
also like to open an email (and/or letter) discussion to gather names and
accomplishments for other deserving Collinsville athletes over the years.
Please send your opinion to Ted
Wright for a future news item on www.cvilleok.com.
To the right is Mr. Pilkington's
wedding story which my grandfather used as another opportunity to brag on
Ish's athletic accomplishments. Pilkington was the key speaker at the 1949
dedication of Collinsville's new football facaility: Sallee Field. Ishmael
Pilkington died in 1994. He was born in 1908 and moved to Collinsville when
he was six years old. His father was Collinsville's Fire Chief for many years.
-- Ted Wright 7/2/2003