STILLWATER – The Oklahoma State Cowboy Baseball Hall of Fame will induct Brad Gore in its Class of 2023, with the former pitcher being honored at the OSU Baseball First Pitch Banquet on January 27.
Gore starred for the Cowboys from 1990-93, and the right-hander from Taloga, Okla., still has his name at or near the top of numerous program statistical categories.
“Brad Gore was a great Cowboy – he was a winner and a workhorse, and we are excited to honor him and his contributions to Oklahoma State baseball,” said OSU head coach Josh Holliday. “I can remember all the times he was described as a big-time competitor – you don’t lead a conference like the Big Eight in career innings pitched unless you are talented, tough and competitive.
“And he has been an amazing contributor to the high school baseball experience in the state of Oklahoma as he has helped develop and oversee numerous tournaments and events to grow the game in our state and benefit the kids in our state. He continues to serve the game as one of the nation’s finest high school baseball coaches at Enid High School.”
Gore becomes the 61st member of the Cowboy Baseball Hall of Fame.
“When I got the call, I was shocked and very thankful, humbled and honored,” Gore said. “To be mentioned in the same breath as those others and be a part of such a special group at a program with our history and tradition, it’s just really cool and unique and I’m very honored.”
OSU and the Big Eight Conference’s career leader with 351 1/3 innings pitched in his four seasons on the mound, Gore also started a program record 57 games and is second on the Cowboys’ all-time list with four shutouts, third with 305 strikeouts and fourth with 30 wins.
In 64 career appearances, Gore compiled a 30-11 record and a save and tossed eight complete games while recording a 4.48 ERA.
Gore was a member of two pitching staffs that led OSU to the College World Series; he was a freshman on 1990’s NCAA runner-up ballclub and capped his career by helping the Pokes to a third-place finish in Omaha in 1993.
In 1992, Gore earned All-Big Eight honors as he went 11-2 with a 2.72 ERA and four complete games. He also tossed three shutouts and posted 85 strikeouts in 92 2/3 innings.
Gore capped his career by helping lead OSU to the ’93 College World Series, and he was a 52nd round pick of St. Louis in the 1993 Major League Baseball Draft.
Since the end of his playing days, Gore has gone on to a highly successful coaching career in the Oklahoma high school ranks, and he was inducted into the Oklahoma Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2019.
In 28 years of coaching, Gore has compiled an 887-559 record that includes two Class B state championships at Dover and three Class 5A state runner-up finishes at Chickasha.
Currently the head coach at Enid High School, where he has nearly 150 wins in seven seasons and led the Plainsmen to the Class 6A state quarterfinals in 2022, Gore’s coaching resume also includes 21 regional titles and 14 district crowns.
Fans wanting to help celebrate Gore’s hall of fame career, as well as share the excitement of the current Cowboy ballclub for the upcoming 2023 season, can purchase tickets for the annual First Pitch Banquet, which will be held Friday, Jan. 27, 2023, at the Wes Watkins Center on the OSU campus. Tickets are limited, with each of the previous banquets selling out, and are on sale now at https://okla.st/3VU5aOV.