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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

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Division Team MLB Affiliation City Stadium Capacity
North Arkansas Travelers Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim North Little Rock, Arkansas Dickey-Stephens Park 5,800
Northwest Arkansas Naturals Kansas City Royals Springdale, Arkansas Arvest Ballpark 7,305
Springfield Cardinals St. Louis Cardinals Springfield, Missouri Hammons Field 10,486 (incl. 2,500 gen. admission)
Tulsa Drillers Los Angeles Dodgers Tulsa, Oklahoma ONEOK Field 7,833
South Corpus Christi Hooks Houston Astros Corpus Christi, Texas Whataburger Field 5,050 fixed seats, 19 luxury suites, 2,000 General Admission
Frisco RoughRiders Texas Rangers Frisco, Texas Dr Pepper Ballpark 10,316 (plus 20 suites, 6 patios/decks, & JCPenney Club)
Midland RockHounds Oakland Athletics Midland, Texas Security Bank Ballpark 6,669
San Antonio Missions San Diego Padres San Antonio, Texas Nelson W. Wolff Municipal Stadium 9,200

Current team rosters

Main article: Texas League rosters

Texas League Timeline

Springfield CardinalsNorthwest Arkansas NaturalsTulsa DrillersMidland RockHoundsAlbuquerque AcesCorpus Christi HooksArkansas TravelersDallas-Fort Worth SpursAmarillo SonicsEl Paso DiablosAlbuquerque DukesBeaumont Golden GatorsAmarillo Gold SoxVictoria RosebudsRio Grande Valley GiantsAustin SenatorsPacific Coast LeagueTulsa Oilers (baseball)Frisco RoughRidersShreveport SportsSan Antonio MissionsOklahoma City IndiansHouston BuffaloesFort Worth Cats (Texas League)Dallas RangersBeaumont Exporters

League members Other Current League Other Defunct League

Complete list of Texas League teams (1902-)

League champions and award winners (1915-present)

Main article: List of Texas League champions

Hall of fame

Main article: Texas League Hall of Fame

See also