When the 2020 Minor League Baseball season was canceled, the Tulsa Drillers started looking for creative ways to continue providing a community space for locals to unwind. Because of those efforts the Drillers, along with the Amarillo Sod Poodles, have been named a 2020 Texas League Co-Organization of the Year.
By June 30, the Drillers, under the leadership of President and General Manager Mike Melega, knew a baseball season could be held safely, just on a smaller scale. They formed a Texas Collegiate Baseball League team, led by manager Tom Holliday, and brought college baseball talent from around the U.S. to Tulsa for a 30-game regular season, with 16 games at ONEOK Field, 201 N. Elgin Ave.
When the TCL season was over, the Drillers partnered with community organizations like Tulsa Symphony Orchestra, the Tulsa Community College Signature Symphony and the Tulsa Opera for outdoor, socially distanced concerts.
In November, more than 15,000 voters cast early ballots for the presidential election at ONEOK Field in a partnership with the Tulsa County Election Board.
This year’s award marks the fourth time in the past eight years that the franchise has received the honor and the seventh time overall since the award began in 1989.