MEDICINE PARK - An unearthed vintage baseball glove will soon be making its way back to a family member just in time for Christmas after community members linked a handwritten name to Medicine Park.
Pulled from the dirt during a photo shoot at an empty lot located at Second Street and Gore in Lawton awhile back, the 1950s' era Earl Wynn baseball glove was spotted by Sterling Public School teacher and basketball coach, Darrell Stanley. After a thorough recent cleaning, what appears to be the name "Curtis Davis" was discovered etched in ink across a section of faded leather. Taking to social media, Darrell sent out a plea, hoping to return the glove to its' rightful owner, or at least a close family member. The mystery behind the glove quickly sparked curiosity, sending Darrell's social media post all across the country. It didn't take long, however, for Gary Gregory, administrator for the Discover Medicine Park Oklahoma Facebook page, to put two-and-two together. A man named Curtis Davis is said to have played an instrumental role in part of Medicine Park's history.
Curtis Davis' daughter, Candace McCoy, currently resides in Medicine Park. With Gary's help, Darrell and Candace were able to reach out to each other, sorting out the details to determine if the glove did indeed belong to her late father. "I was a baby when he was here in Medicine Park. He used to work for the Texan Land Company," Candace said. "He managed the cabins, the skating rink, waterslide and burro rides from 1949-1954. He absolutely loved Medicine Park." Eventually her family moved to south Texas she said, but still her father talked about Medicine Park. Then one day, Candace said her father, her uncle and a family friend, ended up purchasing a large portion of the town from the very company he worked for, and with time, began to sell off small sections.
Her father considered Bath Lake and Medicine Creek the "heartbeat" of Medicine Park and donated both back to the town, Candace said. In 1997, the swinging bridge was renovated, reconnecting both sides of the park and named the Curtis Davis Bridge. Candace said her father passed away in 2015, at the age of 94. While most of his work was conducted in Medicine Park, according to Candace, her father did own a car wash that was once located at 2nd Street and Gore. The property, she explained, had an office area and some storage space that could easily have housed the baseball glove.
She suspects the glove was lost and buried in the dirt when the building was torn down at some point in time. She was also aware that her father had played a lot of baseball while growing up in Marlow. For Darrell, just hearing Candace verify the location of where he found the glove, was confirmation enough that it belonged to her family. "When she said the location, literally I said, 'It's your dad's glove,'" said Darrell. "She hit the exact lot and the fact that he owned that property and it happens to have his name on it, it all points in the right direction. I firmly believe that it's his and that it's going back home."
Comparing the find to a Christmas gift, Candace said, "It was just a nice surprise that made us very happy. It's an unusual thing to happen, at least to me. I'm very thankful that Darrell took the time to post it." The baseball glove will soon make its way back home on Friday, Dec. 6, when Darrell will meet Candace in person on the Curtis Davis Bridge at 11:30 a.m., returning what once belonged to her father. Candace said once she receives the glove, she has plans to place it in a shadow box with the story of how it was returned back to the family, preserving its' unique history.