OK-SABR met at the Chisolm Trail Museum in Kingfisher at an event co-hosted with the museum spot-lighting its on-going exhibit featuring the life and times of Carl Mays, one-time Kingfisher resident and Major League pitcher. Mike Sowell, author of The Pitch That Killed, a detailed account of the story behind the pitch that killed Cleveland Indians shortstop Ray Chapman in August 1920. The event was also attended by members of the local community. In addition to Mr. Sowell’s remarks, Kyle Arrington, Mays’s grand-nephew, provided the group with further insight into Mays’s personality and the impact of the event on his (Mays’s) life.
The next OK-SABR chapter meeting will probably be in Tulsa at a date to be determined.
Hank Coiner’s book, containing a chapter on the 1921 Miami Indians and the Southwestern League is available for purchase from him for $10. For more information, contact Hank by e-mail at ‘coiner (at) cableone.net.
The Chisholm Trail Museum
in Kingfisher is joining with the SABR-OK chapter to host a special event on Saturday October 17 in connection with the museum’s special exhibit, “Carl Mays: From Kingfisher to the Big Leagues.” From 12:30pm – 3:30pm the museum will host author Mike Sowell, a SABR-OK member and recently retired Oklahoma State University professor. Sowell is the author of “The Pitch That Killed,” a detailed account of the story behind the pitch that killed Cleveland Indians shortstop Ray Chapman in August 1920. Sowell’s visit has special meaning this year for the Chisholm Trail Museum. Since early June the museum has featured the Mays exhibit which traces his rise from “town team” player in Kingfisher County in the early 1900s to an outstanding major league career, one unfortunately most remembered for tragedy when, as a member of the New York Yankees in 1920, Mays delivered the pitch that killed Ray Chapman.
The general public is invited to attend this special SABR-OK meeting. A period at the end of the meeting will include time for research from the membership and a brief business meeting. Mark your calendars. Special thanks go to Chisholm Trail Museum curator Adam Lynn and Professor Sowell for making this event possible.