On January 5, the Oklahoma Center for the Humanities will launch their newest exhibit OK, Play!, curated by Assistant Director Dr. Dayne Riley. The exhibition focuses on the unique history of Oklahoma sports.
The exhibit features historical documents, photographs, sports equipment, and memorabilia from many familiar teams and organizations, including Tulsa Oilers hockey, the Tulsa Drillers, Chili Bowl Nationals racing, FC Tulsa, and the TU Golden Hurricane. In addition to teams that are now a fixture in the Tulsa sports scene, the exhibit also considers Oklahoma teams that have moved or faded away; it looks at the untold history of Black baseball in Tulsa, as well as teams that have migrated, like the Tulsa Oilers baseball team and the WNBA Shock.
Additionally, the exhibit sheds light on the thriving, but often overlooked sports of Oklahoma—Native American stickball, All-Indian fast pitch softball, Tulsa’s Roughneck Roller Derby, as well as our city’s rich history of figure skating.
Considering Oklahoma sports from the state’s founding to today, the new exhibition provides a wide-reaching and immersive view of competitive play.
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