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Book says '54 Oklahoma vs. Oklahoma State game was fixed by mobsters

Updated: September 30, 2007, 1:41 PM ET
Associated Press

OKLAHOMA CITY -- As a boy, Steve Budin listened as his father, a New York bookmaker, regaled him with stories about the sports gambling business.

One always stood out to Budin -- a claim that the 1954 football game between Oklahoma and Oklahoma State (then Oklahoma A&M) had been fixed by mobsters, who allegedly used a horse laxative to poison some of the Sooners' players. When Budin decided to write a book about his life, he said he knew that story had to be included.

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