Professional baseball in Tulsa goes back to 1905, and before then amateur teams represented the city in the early 1890’s. While it had its ups and downs, Tulsa baseball was a big part of city life. The team was known as the Tulsa Oilers for many years. But in 1977 the name was changed to the Tulsa Drillers. The name change represents an interesting story of how baseball was saved for Tulsa. The Oilers, a Triple-A feeder team for St. Louis, was moved to New Orleans, leaving the city without professional baseball. Building contractor Bill Rollings saved the day by securing a Double-A franchise from Lafayette, Louisiana and Tulsa re-entered the Texas League. Our storytellers are Bill Rollings and noted baseball historian Wayne McCombs. You will learn about a crumbling baseball stadium during a baseball exhibition, the building of a new stadium and how an angel would go to jail. But the man who saved baseball for Tulsa was Bill Rollings.
Interview with Bill Rollings
Müllerhaus Legacy Website Team
Date Created: May 7, 2012
Date Published: July 11, 2014
Notes: Recorded by John Erling in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Digital Audio Sound Recording, Non-Music.
Tags: DitchWitch, Dizzy Dean, Daffy Dean, Eddie Chiles, Texas Rangers, St. Louis Cardinals, Stan Musial, Roy Clark, Hee Haw, Dan P. Holmes, Oral Roberts, Glenn Dobbs, Chuck Lamson, Texas league, The Oilers, The Drillers, Colorado Rockies, Triple-A Baseball, Double-A Baseball