Los Angeles Dodgers’ Double-A affiliate Tulsa Drillers announced plans to construct a Jackie Robinson mural beyond the left field concourse at ONEOK Field.
The 26′ x 40 ‘, full-color mural will be located just steps from the Osage Casino Greenwood Entrance at the northeast corner of ONEOK Field and painted directly onto the brick wall of the Greenwood Chamber of Commerce West Building facing the stadium.
“We are very proud and honored to be able to say that Drillers Baseball and ONEOK Field are located in the Historic Greenwood District,” Drillers general manager Mike Melega said in a statement.
“We have always looked for ways to increase our association with the Greenwood Chamber, and we thought a tribute to Mr. Robinson would be a great addition. He did so much for our country and the game of baseball, and with us being an affiliate of the World Champion Los Angeles Dodgers, it made for a perfect fit.”
Tulsa-born, African American artist Chris “Sker” Rogers and Denver-based artist Thomas “Detour” Evans will collaborate on the project. Sker has been commissioned for professional graffiti artwork by numerous companies, while Detour specializes in large-scale public art.
Greenwood Chamber of Commerce President Freeman Culver hopes the project will honor the legacy of Robinson. “It is important to continue to honor the memories of Jackie Robinson, Hank Aaron, Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher, and others that paved the way for the United States to distance itself from its dark past of racial segregation,” Culver said.
“What better place to house the Jackie Robinson mural than the back of the Neeley and Vaden Building also called the Greenwood Chamber – West Building. There are people who live in Tulsa today who have no idea or knowledge of the historical significance of the 100 N. Block of Greenwood Avenue.
“This mural will expose the Greenwood District to residents and businesses who do not know much about Deep Greenwood. We are excited to partner with the Tulsa Drillers on this endeavor.”
Robinson featured on cover of MLB The Show 21 Collector’s Edition
In addition to the mural, Robinson is featured on the cover of MLB The Show 21’s Collector’s Edition. PlayStation is donating $1 to the Jackie Robinson Foundation for every copy sold in the United States through 2021.
Those proceeds will be used to establish the JRF MLB The Show Scholars program in partnership with PlayStation. Scholars in the program will receive four-year scholarships and support services. Information on applying to be a JRF MLB The Show Scholar will be announced in November.
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