Texas League

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Texas League
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Sport Baseball
Founded1902
PresidentTim Purpura [1]
No. of teams8
CountryUSA
Most recent
champion(s)
Amarillo Sod Poodles (2019)
Most titles Houston Buffaloes (16)
Classification Double-A
Official website milb.com/texas

The Texas League is a Minor League Baseball league which operates in the South Central United States. It is classified as a Double-A league. 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 Fort Worth.

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The league was founded in 1888 and ran through 1892. It was called the Texas Association in 1895, the Texas-Southern League in 1896 and again as the Texas League from 1897–1899. 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. By 1971, the Texas League and the Southern League had both decreased to seven teams. They played an interlocking schedule with the Southern League known as the Dixie Association. The two leagues played separate playoffs.

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. [2] 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.

In 2019, the San Antonio Missions relocated to Amarillo, Texas, becoming the Amarillo Sod Poodles. At the same time, the Triple-A Colorado Springs Sky Sox of the Pacific Coast League moved to San Antonio to continue on as the Missions at the Triple-A level. [3]

Current teams

Current team locations:
North Division
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Current team locations:
  North Division
  South Division
DivisionTeamMLB AffiliationCityStadiumCapacity
North Arkansas Travelers Seattle Mariners North Little Rock, Arkansas Dickey–Stephens Park 7,200 [4]
Northwest Arkansas Naturals Kansas City Royals Springdale, Arkansas Arvest Ballpark 7,305 [5]
Springfield Cardinals St. Louis Cardinals Springfield, Missouri Hammons Field 10,486 [6]
Tulsa Drillers Los Angeles Dodgers Tulsa, Oklahoma Oneok Field 7,833 [7]
South Amarillo Sod Poodles San Diego Padres Amarillo, Texas Hodgetown 6,631 [8]
Corpus Christi Hooks Houston Astros Corpus Christi, Texas Whataburger Field 7,050 [9]
Frisco RoughRiders Texas Rangers Frisco, Texas Dr Pepper Ballpark 10,316 [10]
Midland RockHounds Oakland Athletics Midland, Texas Security Bank Ballpark 6,669 [11]

Current team rosters

Texas League timeline

Texas League

League membersDixie AssociationOther Current LeagueOther Defunct League

Complete list of Texas League teams (1902–present)

Current team names are in bold.

League champions and award winners

Hall of fame

See also

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