At the close of the nineteenth century, railroad expansion in Texas at once shrank the state and expanded opportunities, including that of Texas League Baseball. Previously, the major cities monopolized Texas minor-league ball, but with the rails came small-town teams without which the league may have floundered. Sherman, Denison, Paris, Corsicana, Cleburne, Greenville and Temple teams produced some of the Texas Leagueas greatest players and provided unprecedented statewide interest. The 1902 Corsicana Oil Citys was one of the most successful teams of the time, claiming the second-best winning percentage and baseballas most lopsided victory, 51a3 over Texarkanaas Casketmakers. In its only year in the league, Cleburne won the league championship and team owner Doak Roberts discovered the great Tris Speaker. Kris Rutherford pieces together the Texas Leagueas early days and the people and towns that made this centuries-old institution possible.Railroad companies took some lines out of service for the wara#39;s duration, but construction and repairs resumed after the South surrendered. The HTC led the way, continuing northward and reaching Corsicana by 1871. Two years later, the anbsp;...
|Title||:||Baseball on the Prairie|
|Publisher||:||The History Press - 2014-04-01|