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Texas League

Texas League
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Texas League logo
Sport Baseball
Founded 1902
No. of teams 8
Country USA
Most recent champion(s) Midland RockHounds
Official website Official Website

The Texas League is a minor league baseball league which operates in the South Central United States. It is classified a Double-A league. The league was founded in 1888 and ran through 1892. It was revived as a class D league in 1902, moved to class C in 1904 where it played through 1910 (except for 1906 as class D again), played at class B until 1920, and finally moved up to class A in 1921. The Texas League, like many others, shut down during World War II. From 1959 to 1961, the Texas League and the Mexican League formed the Pan American Association. The two leagues played a limited interlocking schedule and post-season championship. In 1971, the Texas League and the Southern League were both down to seven teams. They played an interlocking schedule with the SL known as the Dixie Association. The two leagues played separate playoffs.

Despite the league's name, only its four South Division teams are actually based in Texas; the four North Division teams are located in surrounding states of Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Missouri. The league maintains its headquarters in San Antonio.

The League's name is well known due to its association with a particular aspect of the game. A bloop single that drops between the infielders and outfielders has been called a Texas Leaguer since the 1890s, despite no evidence that it originated in the Texas League, or was any more common there than elsewhere.[1] There is a common thread throughout Civil War anecdotes that refer to a game played 30 years earlier in the Sabine Pass area. As the story goes, a Union soldier hit a ball over the outfielder's head, leading him into a long chase for the ball which resulted in a bullet wound from a nearby sniper. After the incident, hits were only awarded for balls that landed between the infielders and outfielders.[citation needed]

Team moves

In recent years, the Texas League has witnessed a great deal of change. Teams once known as the Jackson Mets, El Paso Diablos, Shreveport Captains, and Wichita Wranglers have all relocated to new cities and bigger stadiums.

Current teams

Division Team MLB Affiliation City Stadium Capacity
North Arkansas Travelers Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim North Little Rock, Arkansas Dickey-Stephens Park 7,200 [2]
Northwest Arkansas Naturals Kansas City Royals Springdale, Arkansas Arvest Ballpark 7,305 [3]
Springfield Cardinals St. Louis Cardinals Springfield, Missouri Hammons Field 10,486 [4]
Tulsa Drillers Los Angeles Dodgers Tulsa, Oklahoma ONEOK Field 7,833 [5]
South Corpus Christi Hooks Houston Astros Corpus Christi, Texas Whataburger Field 7,050 [6]
Frisco RoughRiders Texas Rangers Frisco, Texas Dr Pepper Ballpark 10,316 [7]
Midland RockHounds Oakland Athletics Midland, Texas Security Bank Ballpark 6,669 [8]
San Antonio Missions San Diego Padres San Antonio, Texas Nelson W. Wolff Municipal Stadium 9,200 [9]

Current team rosters

Main article: Texas League rosters

Texas League Timeline

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bar:20  color:Full from:1972 till:end text:Midland RockHounds/Cubs/Angels (1972-present)
bar:21  color:Full from:1975 till:end text:Lafayette/Tulsa Drillers (1975-present)
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  • In 1971, the Southern League and Texas League were both down to 7 teams so they formed the Dixie Association for one season. They played interlocking schedules but held their own separate playoffs.

Complete list of Texas League teams (1902-)

League champions and award winners (1915-present)

Hall of fame

See also

References

Sources

  • "Baseball in the Lone Star State: Texas League's Greatest Hits," Tom Kayser and David King, Trinity University Press 2005

Notes

  1. ^ http://www.barrypopik.com/index.php/texas/entry/texas_leaguer_texas_league_hit/
  2. ^ "Dickey-Stephens Park". Arkansas Diamonds: The Ballparks of Arkansas and Their History. Retrieved 4 May 2015. 
  3. ^ Bergeron, Angela (2008). "Feature Story - August 2008". Engineering News-Record (McGraw-Hill). Retrieved 4 May 2015. 
  4. ^ Mock, Joe. "Hammons Field in Springfield, MO". Baseball Parks. Retrieved 4 May 2014. 
  5. ^ "ONEOK Field". Tulsa Sports Commission. 2010. Retrieved 4 May 2015. 
  6. ^ Goldberg-Strassler, Jesse. "Whataburger Field / Corpus Christi Hooks". Ballpark Digest. Retrieved 4 May 2015. 
  7. ^ Goldberg-Strassler, Jesse (14 November 2012). "Dr Pepper Ballpark / Frisco RoughRiders". Retrieved 4 May 2015. 
  8. ^ "Security Bank Ballpark". Stadiums USA. Retrieved 4 May 2015. 
  9. ^ Knight, Graham. "Nelson W. Wolff Municipal Stadium". Baseball Pilgrimages. Retrieved 4 May 2015. 

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