Each year, on the Sunday following the Super Bowl, folks from the region known as the Texas Panhandle (often referred to by the locals as "God's Country) gather to celebrate the area's best and brightest athletes from the previous year.
In 1958, the first selection committee chose to honor Joe Fortenberry of Happy, Texas as the first inductee to the Texas Panhandle Sports Hall of Fame. In February of 1959, the gentleman who served as a member of the 1936 United States olympic team and was the men's basketball MVP of the Berlin games (known as Hitler's olympics), was honored.
This website will be a "work-in-progress" for many years to come. Our goal is to share with our readers the history of athletics in the Texas Panhandle.
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Hot off the press in February 2019! The new edition of Pride of the Plains contains the entire history of the Panhandle Sports Hall of Fame from 1958 through 2019.
You can purchase your copy by calling the Kids, Incorporated office at 806-376-5936. The cost is $15 (plus $4 if shipping is required).