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Thursday, November 9, 2017
Black Gold in Oil Town: Negro League Baseball in Tulsa
W. Jacob "Jake" Cornwell, M.A., Adjunct Lecturer and History Department Teaching Associate will give a talk titled:
"Black Gold in Oil Town: Negro League Baseball in Tulsa"
Did you know that Tulsa had professional paid-to-play Negro League baseball that dates back to statehood? Did you know that one of Tulsa's black ballclubs often served as a makeshift minor league farm team for the nationally-renowned Kansas City Monarchs? Did you know that Tulsa had one of the very few black-built, black-owned, black-operated baseball parks in the country?
Oklahoma Negro League historian W. Jacob "Jake" Cornwell has discovered these little-known facts about Tulsa black baseball and more. Cornwell continues to research the importance of African-American baseball in Oklahoma. He often works as a museum consultant for baseball exhibits and travels around the state where he lectures about a history that he says has been, heretofore, "hidden in plain sight." Cornwell's master's thesis "Playing between the Lines: An Examination of Negro League Baseball in Oklahoma, 1892 to 1965 recently won the Outstanding Thesis on Oklahoma History award given by the Oklahoma Historical Society in 2016. Additionally, in his Introduction to American Studies course at OSU in Stillwater, Cornwell uses baseball and other forms of leisure culture as case studies to illustrate how race, class, nationalism, identity, and social construction affect American history.
The talk is sponsored by American Studies in conjunction with Dr. David Gray's course, Tulsa's Public Cultures class.
Location: North Hall Room 212
Time: 4:30 PM
Center for Poets and Writers: Poet Allison Hedge Coke
Poet Allison Hedge Coke will provide a public reading as the first guest of the relaunched Center for Poets and Writers at OSU-Tulsa.
Location: OSU-Tulsa Auditorium
Time: 7:00 PM