Wayman Tisdale Itinerary
From his humble Tulsa roots as a pastor's son to achieving mastery over both the basketball court and musical stage, Wayman Tisdale left a lasting mark on Oklahoma's sports and music scenes. Travel to the church where Tisdale was raised, visit the OU clinic named in his honor and learn more about his lasting legacy at the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame. Then, catch a professional NBA game at the Chesapeake Energy Arena or travel to Tulsa's Booker T. Washington High School to see where the jazz musician got his start on the basketball court.
Stop 1: White River Fish Market
Stop and sample the delicious fried catfish at the White River Fish Market, which was one of Wayman's favorite restaurants to visit as a child. This unassuming fish market features rave-worthy fresh seafood any way you want it - broiled, grilled, fried or smoked.
Stop 2: OU Tulsa Wayman Tisdale Specialty Health Clinic
This health clinic was named after Wayman Tisdale due to his strong ties to the University of Oklahoma and the city of Tulsa. The clinic opened in 2013 and provides healthcare to underserved north Tulsans.
Stop 3: Booker T. Washington High School
After learning to dunk a basketball in the eighth grade, Wayman Tisdale developed a newfound appreciation and love for basketball. He went on to play for the school basketball team at Booker T. Washington High School, where he graduated in 1982.
Stop 4: Friendship Baptist Church
Wayman's father, Rev. Louis Tisdale, held the role of pastor at Tulsa's Friendship Baptist Church for over two decades. While attending, young Wayman idolized the bass players in the church band - he often referred to them as "the coolest cats."
Stop 5: The Gilcrease Museum
As a child, Wayman Tisdale would take family day trips to the Gilcrease Museum in his hometown of Tulsa. The acclaimed Gilcrease features one of the world's most comprehensive collections of Native American and Western art.
Stop 6: Wayman Tisdale's Childhood Home
Wayman grew up in this home located just east of the LL Tisdale Parkway.
Stop 7: George Washington Carver Middle School
Wayman Tisdale attended this middle school, where he dunked his first basketball during his eighth grade year.
Stop 8: Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame
Not only was Wayman Tisdale posthumously inducted into the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame in 2009, but the venue also hosted a benefit concert that sent all proceeds to the Wayman Tisdale Foundation.
Stop 9: BOK Center
After Wayman's passing in 2009, a public funeral was held at Tulsa's BOK Center where more than 4,000 people gathered to pay their respects during a 3.5 hour service.
Stop 10: St. John Medical Center
After fighting a two-year battle with bone cancer, Wayman Tisdale passed away at the St. John Medical Center on May 15, 2009.
Stop 11: Nelson's Buffeteria
One of Wayman's favorite restaurants as a kid, Nelson's Buffeteria has been serving hungry diners since 1929. Famous for their chicken fried steak, Nelson's was originally located downtown but has since moved to south Tulsa.
Stop 12: Memorial Park Cemetery
After his passing in 2009, Wayman Tisdale was interred at the Memorial Park Cemetery in Tulsa. Wayman's headstone shows a basketball and bass guitar as well as a quote stating, "Wayman's smile was contagious. His quick wit and humor was infectious. A merry heart does good like a medicine." The back shows interlocking wedding bands with the names Wayman and Regina, as well as a quote that reads, "To my family, quitting is never an option."
Oklahoma City, OK
Stop 13: Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame
Wayman Tisdale was inducted into the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame in 2002. A permanent Wayman Tisdale Humanitarian Award is on display within the hall of fame.
Oklahoma City, OK
Stop 14: Chesapeake Energy Arena
Celebrate Wayman's 12 seasons with the NBA by catching an NBA game at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.
Stop 15: University of Oklahoma Lloyd Noble Center
Visit OU's Lloyd Noble Center in Norman to see where Wayman played three years of college basketball.