Induction Sponsored By
The Naifeh Family Prodigal
Mayor Mick Cornett focused on golf at Putnam City High School where he helped the Pirates win a state championship and earned All-State Honors in 1976. At the University of Oklahoma he earned a Journalism Degree. He spent 18 years at KOCO-TV in Oklahoma City as a sportscaster, manager, news anchor and, eventually, city hall reporter. While a young sportscaster, Cornett recognized the need for an organization which would officially recognize the state's outstanding athletes and coaches. The Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame was born with induction ceremonies by 1986. In December 2003 he abruptly halted his sports broadcasting career and announced he was running for Mayor of Oklahoma City. Best known for his leadership role in helping to bring the National Basketball Association to town, Mayor Cornett also guided the city to one of the nation’s top economies. In 2013, he was named the State of Oklahoma’s Mayor of the Year.