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Amateur Bicycle League–Okla. Dist. Champion-1922

Here is one of the more unique finds I have seen in the over 50 years that I have been around this hobby. Chris Vogel found this item some time back in the Tulsa area. It is a 10K Gold presentation medal that was presented to Oscar Jefferson Martin by the Amateur Bicycle League of America for winning the Oklahoma District, Seniors Championship in 1922. It is about the size of a Silver Dollar. The reverse was engraved “O. Martin 1922”. The makers mark is a weak strike “STANDARD EMB. CO. PROV. RI” and the “10K” stamp.

Outstanding find Chris!

I did find a 1921 Tulsa Polk Directory listing for Oscar Jefferson Martin. It lists him as living at 119 North Frisco Avenue. The house was one of the big old houses that was taken out even prior to demolition for the building of the new Tulsa County Jail. The next year directory I have is a 1927 and there is no listing for him or his wife Elizabeth. His occupation is listed as a Teamster. It may be that he made it big on the racing circuit and went Hollywood. Here is the 1921 directory page listing and below that a 1967 aerial of the house and neighborhood:

Here is the Sports page from the September 3, 1922 Tulsa Sunday World with the article “Tulsa Lads Win Bicycle Races at Enid Meet” enlarged for reading:

Below is an article from the September 7, 1922 magazine “Motorcycle and Bicycle Illustrated” that has a listing of competitors in the National Amateur Bicycle Association's National Meet which has Oscar Martin on the list. He did not win at the Nationals which was too bad, because the magazine has photographs of most of the winners.

Again, great find Chris.

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